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Social Work Alumna Casey Hersch

Social Work Alumna Casey Hersch and her Cat Pawso Teach the Mind/Body Connection and How to Heal

Casey Hersch integrates what she has learned about trauma and disease in new book to encourage resilience in kids and help them cope.

A portrait of graduate student Letty Mejia in a purple dress.

Graduate Student Breaking Through Doors Once Closed to Her

As an undocumented child, she grew up constantly being told no. Today, Mejia is working to make sure that kids in her community encounter more open doors than stop signs.

Social work alumna Bekah Qualls smiling against brick wall.

Social Work Alumna Finds Way to Give Back

School social worker and therapist Bekah Qualls creates a generous legacy for those following in her footsteps.

Portait of Sue Steiner

Office Hours: School of Social Work Professor Sue Steiner

With a heart for social justice and a drive to elevate communities. the School of Social Work's Sue Steiner was recognized with the Office of Civic Engagement's Civically Engaged Scholar Award.

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Worth Sharing: Academic Articles, All-West Athletic Honors, and National Rankings

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

Blake Ellis poses next to a tree

Alumna Chooses Nature to Nurture Others

Blake Ellis is at the leading edge of harnessing the natural world’s healing powers—even when that environment itself may trigger anxiety.

Selena Thao poses sitting on a couch with two yellow pillows on her either side.

Social Work Major Explores Students’ Sense of Belonging on Campus

Social work major Selena Thao uses infectious energy, strong empathy, and a justice approach to engage with others—particularly her fellow students.

Veronica Ledesma poses standing behind a Chico State sign made of bricks

Social Work Alumna Finds Hope Helping Families Across the Country

Facilitating mental health services for reunified families across the country Veronica Ledesma (MA, Social Work, ’21) pulls from her own experiences to build trust and find hope in her efforts.

The cover of the gratitude journal prints out of the printer.

School of Social Work Shares Gifts of Gratitude with Community Partners

With support from a North Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 relief grant, the School of Social Work purchased self-care gifts for area social workers who have supported students' education during the pandemic.

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Worth Sharing: Torkman Honored with CCAA Impact Award

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

Members of Chico State faculty and administration stand in front of Kendall Hall.

School of Social Work Secures $850,000 Gift for Superior Region Endowment

Chico State’s School of Social Work received an $850,000 donation for its Distributed Learning Program (DLP) to help provide accessible education in the North State.

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Worth Sharing: Health Services Administration Students Place First (Again)

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.