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Social work students and faculty attend NASW-FL Conference

attendees of the 2023 NASW-FL conference

Students and faculty attend the NASW-FL conference.

Students and faculty representing the USF School of Social Work recently attended the 2023 Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-FL) conference. Assistant Professor Dasha Rhodes, PhD, LMSW and recent BSW Sarasota graduate Jam Ost presented at the conference. Their research poster was titled, "There are no typical days: Lessons learned among law enforcement social workers."

Students who attended were able to network with social workers and gain new knowledge about the profession. USF MSW student ​Pedro Serrano-Mejia, who currently serves as the NASW Tampa Unit MSW student representative, enjoyed the opportunity to get fresh insights on a career in the field.

"Everyone gave me a second to chat with them about our current careers and future hopes that we had for the social work profession," Serrano-Mejia said. "I highly recommend the conference for any student, current social worker, or community representative next year!"

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