Success Stories

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Sylvia Acosta
Children, Adolescents, and Families
Acosta hopes to reduce mental health disparities amongst the youth, particularly those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, through culturally competent and integrated treatment; she hopes to further both her dreams the dreams of the immigrant youth by working for Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders.
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Ann Alvarez
Ann Alvarez, AM '76 IN MEMORIAM
Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management
As the former CEO of Casa Central, a Midwest Hispanic social service agency, Alvarez guided the agency to considerable success.
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Angela Bailey
Government and Politics
Bailey had a field placement at the Heartland Alliance and an internship through the prestigious City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Fellowship Program.
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Nikel Bailey
Children, Adolescents, and Families
Bailey has combined her passion for helping youth and families with her commitment to the logistical and strategical aspects of program management in both her field work and her studies; she is a recipient of the Presidential Management Fellow and worked for the Office of Field Policy and Management at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Bria Berger
HIV Prevention/Treatment
Berger was a part of the project READY (Resisting, Empowering, Advocating for Youth), which seeks to promote resilience and prevention against HIV amongst African American and Latino same-gender-loving and transgender men and women; her research has inspired her to continue her work full time at Chicago House with HIV positive adults.
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Barbara Berkman
Academia, Mental Health
Berkman is the Helen Rehr / Ruth Fizdale Professor Emerita of Health and Mental Health at Columbia University School of Social Work.
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Max Beshers
HIV Prevention/Treatment
Beshers was a part of project READY (Resisting, Empowering, Advocating for Youth) and seeks to prevent HIV through the promotion of socio-emotional support for the youth; he has extended his academic research and now works at the Broadway Youth Center to provide clinical counseling for homeless LGTBQ.
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Eddie Bocanegra
Violence Prevention and Interventions
“I have built upon my life experience to establish a professional career in working with victims and perpetrators of violence … I want to instill hope, providing inspiration, optimism, and especially solutions.”
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Kelli Bosak
Healthcare, Community Health, and Advocacy
Kelli Bosak is leveraging her interests in behavioral health, yoga therapy, and innovative intergenerational approaches.
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Annie Boyd
Global/International Social Work
Boyd co-founded Programa Velasco, an early childhood education non-profit, in El Salvador.
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Maddy Brigell
Global/International Social Work
Brigell was a University of Chicago’s Human Rights Fellow and spent time at the Centro Bartolome de las Casas in El Salvador.
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Eric Brown
Education
Brown completed his field placement at Children's Memorial Hospital and is currently working at a research institute that conducts studies related to urban education and reform within the Chicago Public School system.
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Shirley Brussell
Brussell founded Operation ABLE (Ability Based on Long Experience), a nonprofit organization aimed at serving the employment and training needs of people over 55.
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Kyle Bullock
Children, Adolescents, and Families
Bullock does clinical work with child, adolescents, and families in the LGBTQ+ community.
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Mary Bunn
Immigrants and Refugees
Bunn had a fellowship to do work in Cambodia with a population traumatized by war and government brutality and currently works for the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture. She is now a Crown Family School doctoral student.
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Betty Butler
Betty Butler, AM '46 IN MEMORIAM
Butler, a retired hospital social worker, was a Crown Family School Assistant Professor and Life Member of the Crown Family School Visiting Committee (now the Crown Family School Council).
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Jared Butto
Government and Politics
Butto is a Program Officer with the U.S. Department of State's EducationUSA network, which provides support and guidance for international students.
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Pastora Cafferty
Academia
Cafferty, Professor Emerita, was one of the nation's leading scholars of race and ethnicity and a specialist on Hispanics.
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Evette Cardona
Foundations and Philanthropy
Cardona, senior program officer for the prominent Chicago-based Polk Bros. Foundation, is advancing both philanthropy and community activism.
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CW Chan
Government and Politics
Chan has been a community leader for Chicago's Chinatown, and he is the longest serving president and chairman of the the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.