BSW students at IUPUI receive academic and civic engagement honors

Bachelor of Social Work Students from the Indiana University School of Social Work at IUPUI have received honors ranging from being recognized as one of the Top 100 students at IUPUI, receiving the William Plater Civic Engagement Medallions and being recognized as the Chancellor's Academic Scholar.

Those receiving honors were:

Dean Patchner, Alida Goffinski, and Chancellor BantzAlida Goffinski, Chancellor’s Scholar: Alida’s GPA is 3.985, the top GPA in her class of graduating seniors. As a junior student she received multiple academic honors including induction into Phi Alpha, the national social work honorary organization and the Genevieve Means McLeod Scholarship. She also has found time to excel as a volunteer, thus meeting her goal to serve others in need. Alida has served as a tutor with LYN House, a neighborhood outreach program of the First Free Methodist Church. She participates with Know No Stranger, a collective of Central Indiana artists, who seek to foster community growth through the arts. In addition, Alida has provided services to a child with developmental disabilities since 2008.

Angelica Jaramillo, Top 100 Student and Plater Civic Engagement:  Angelica is a social work student who was born in Mexico but raised in Indianapolis. She has provided empowerment to her community by becoming involved in various organizations including Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, the Indiana Latino Institute, Riley Hospital, Coalitions Against Domestic Violence, and Indiana Down Syndrome among others. Angelica has been involved with education programs, such as the Indiana Latino Institute, Careers for the Future, which helps minority students continue with their post-secondary education.

Students Devon Jones and Angelica Jaramillo
Daven Jones and Angelica Jaramillo

Devon Jones, Top 100 Student: Devon was credited with maintaining a solid academic performance while working more than 50 hours a week and being active in his church and on campus. Devon has a strong commitment to working with people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, which has been a constant theme in his employment, education and service in the community. He has also regularly volunteered for the State of Indiana Special Olympics where he serves as an assistant basketball coach and also assists with special events throughout the year. Devon also volunteers in the community center and food pantry at the Lynhurst Baptist Church.

Lael Hill, Plater Civic Engagement Medallion: Lael has shown great dedication working with community leaders to educate people on topics including the prevention of child abuse, legislative policy effecting social service agencies and their clients, and housing for unemployed Hoosiers. For nearly two years, Lael has participated in efforts to engage the community in child abuse preventative measures through Prevent Child Abuse Hendricks County, where she participated in activities that raised funds for the agency, brought families together, raised awareness of child abuse, and educated citizens on the prevention of child abuse.

BSW Students recieving Plater Medallion

(top left) Rebeca Rodriguez,
Angelica Jaramillo, Lail Hill (bottom left)
Jaclyn newton, Dr. Lisa McGuire
BSW Program Director, Lindsay Hill

Lindsay Hill, Plater Civic Engagement Medallion: Lindsay is a senior in the BSW program and has maintained a 3.8 GPA and is on the Dean’s list with Highest Honors. Hill has worked with a children’s group for children who have experienced domestic violence through Breaking Free Children’s Program for about two years. The eight-week groups include topics such as domestic violence, why parents fight, self-esteem and feelings, grief and loss, chemical dependency, anger management and the cycle of violence. Lindsay also volunteers with Big Brother-Big Sister of Central Indiana and with the No One Dies Alone program through Community Hospital. The program serves patients who are dying and have no family or friend to be with them through that experience.

Jaclyn Newton, Plater Civic Engagement Medallion: Jaclyn, sought out a diverse set of opportunities to serve within the local and global community. She has engaged in service projects, mission trips, volunteer opportunities, internships, and independent studies, all of which have helped her to meet her goal: a desire to discover the happenings of the city and to personally see how needs are being met in a hands-on tangible way.

Rebeca Rodriguez, Plater Civic Engagement Medallion: Rebeca is a student from Mexico, and has shown a great dedication working with Latino families in the Indianapolis community through her service to a variety of organizations including La Plaza, Indiana Latino Institute, and the George Washington Community High School. Rebeca has participated for nearly three years with the Ty Futuro/Your Future where she talks of the importance of going to college and referring youth to resources so they can go.

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