The Crown Family School congratulates all of our students...those who graduate this June and those who will return to us next year.
We recognize and honor:
2021 Advocates' Forum
Dissertation: Do neighborhood effects matter for organizations?: An exploration of neighborhood factors in shaping the relationship between state policy and organizational service availability and capacity of outpatient addictions treatment programs within the context of healthcare reform in the US
Chair: Colleen Grogan, Professor
Dissertation: Postsecondary Pathways in Chicago Public Schools
Chair: Marci Ybarra, Associate Professor
Dissertation: Parenting with Precarity: A narrative analysis of the developmental and systemic contexts that shape the transition to parenthood for parenting foster youth
Chair: Sydney Hans, Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor
Dissertation: Black Mothers' Experiences of Racism, Depression and Neighborhoods
Chair: Deborah Gorman-Smith, Dean & Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor
Dissertation: The Role of the Earned Income Tax Credit in Family Economic Decision Making: Moving Beyond an Individual Actor Model
Chair: Julia Henly, Professor
Dissertation: An Ethnographic Study of Professional Practices with Psychotropic Drugs in Illinois's Child Welfare System
Chair: Summerson Carr, Associate Professor
The Solomon O. Lichter Memorial Prize
This award is presented to a graduating Master’s degree student for scholarship and professional leadership.
Wilma Walker Award
Leadership and Community Award
Simons Doctoral Student Teaching Award
2021 William Pollak Award for Teaching:
S. L. Simmons, Assistant Instructional Professor
Advocates’ Forum is an academic journal that explores implications of clinical social work practice, social issues, administration, and public policies linked to the social work profession. The Editorial Board of Advocates’ Forum seeks to provide a medium through which Crown Family School students can contribute to public thinking about social welfare and policy in theory and practice. Above all, Advocates’ Forum serves to encourage and facilitate an open, scholarly exchange of ideas among individuals working toward the shared goal of a more just and humane society.
- Sara Bovat, “Racial Capitalism and Black Maternal Mortality Rates in Chicago”
- Abigail Compernolle, “The Four Noble Truths for Social Work Practice”
- Alexandra Galván, “Three Poems”
- Karlyn Gehring, “Renter Credit Programs: A Path Towards Reducing Concentrated Poverty in Chicago”
- Danielle Maranion, “The Power of Place: An Analysis of Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Funds”
- Derek Nettingham, “Convoluted Code-Switch”
- Kaitlyn Rippel, “The Minimum Wage and Means-Tested Benefits: Raising the Wage and Raising the Threshold”
- Alexandrea Wilson, “Defunding the Police as Environmental Justice”
Nicole Marwell, Associate Professor
The Trauma Informed Care Workshop Series is a yearlong series of workshops that focus on increasing awareness of self, understanding the significance of trauma and its impact on individuals and communities, and reflecting on how trauma informed care fits into their personal and professional lives.
Karlyn Friesen Gehring
Ann Elise Taylor
Kit Ha Stella Tung
The following students have received certificates for completing their Program of Study.
Addressing Educational Inequalities:
The Addressing Educational Inequalities Program of Study prepares social administration students to engage in work to understand educational inequality in the U.S. context. Students develop an understanding of the way social systems such as racism, poverty, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination have historically shaped our educational institutions and inhibited equity.
Addressing Social Inequality:
The Addressing Social Inequality: Innovations in Policy Practice program prepares social administration students to confront social inequality as it takes shape at the front lines of key societal institutions – among them social service agencies, workplaces, courts, city halls, and community organizations. The program builds on a unique strength of Crown Family School faculty: applying a street-level approach that moves beyond public policy as written on paper to examine policy as implemented in practice.
Advanced Alcohol or Other Drug Counselor Training Program:
The AOD ATP Program of Study is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to provide services to clients who use alcohol and other drugs. The training program addresses treatment approaches in addiction and non-addiction settings.
Mariana Olga Cisneros Bravo
Chris Montez Jenkins
Maria Simona Isoif-Payton
Global Social Development Program
This program provides students with the opportunity to think about social problems, social policy, and social work practice in comparative cross-national perspective,
grounded in scholarship and practice around a set of concrete issues. Students also engage in an internship or study program abroad, or work with international
organizations, or immigrant or refugee populations in the United States.
JV Sena Alencar
Global Social Development Practice Certificate:
Students in the GSDP Certificate program embark on a rigorous course of study focused on understanding social problems, social policy, and on-the-ground practice in a globalized world. This program prepares students for leadership in the international social development arena, and students complete an approved 6-month international block field placement.
Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP):
GPHAP provides students with the interdisciplinary training needed to face various economic, ethical, and social issues in today’s complex health care environment.
GPHAP is intended for those considering careers in health services, management, policy, research, consulting, and finance.
Shuxian Ruby Liu
Learning Contextual Behavioral Practices
The Learning Contextual Behavioral Practices Program of Study (CBPPS) aims to educate students in the values, principles, and skills that organize the behavior of practitioners using contextual behavioral approaches (CBA).
Ann Elise Taylor
School Social Work
The School Social Work Program offers a specialized curriculum leading to Professional Educator Licensure with School Social Work Endorsement issued through the
Illinois State Board of Education.
Kathryn Reichel (Shouse)
School Social Work Post Master's Certificate
The Post-Master’s School Social Worker Endorsement Certificate Program is designed to prepare participants to become effective practitioners within the context of the public school system. Participants will build the knowledge, skills, values, and experience applicable to work in a variety of school settings. Upon completion, they are eligible to apply for the Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Social Worker Endorsement (formerly the Type 73 Certificate), required to practice school social work in most school settings in Illinois.
Transforming Justice Policies and Practices
The Transforming Justice Policies and Practices Program of Study immerses clinical practice and social administration students in classes and field placements that offer a rich exploration and examination of the policies, practices, histories and philosophies of the United States criminal justice system, with an emphasis on developing more just approaches.
Trauma Responsive Social Work
Trauma Responsive Social Work (TRSW) seeks to create a community of trauma-responsive learners and practitioners from both the administrative and clinical concentrations. The central goal is to become practiced with trauma-responsive work, meaning students feel more competent, confident, and responsive to trauma-based needs in clients, in whichever context they may encounter them. The Trauma POS aims to support students in the values, principles and skills that organize the behavior of practitioners using neurobiological, contextual, and interpersonal skills.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarship
Ray E. Brown Fellow
Carl A. Erikson Fellows
Asiyah Nida Khafiyya
Shuxian Ruby Liu
The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy 2020 Grant Awardee
Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (IL LEND) Fellowship, Department of Health and Human Services, 2021-2022
Nahime Aguirre Mtanous
Kay Jorgensen Faithful Fools Scholarship, Faithful Fools Street Ministry, 2020-2021
Bianca L. Huerta
Sandra Koscielniak Graduate Scholarship (Association of Illinois Township Committees on Youth) 2020
Madsen Scholarship Award 2021-2022
Master Minority Fellowship, Council of Social Work Education, 2020-2021
McKelvie Public Service Scholarship (University of Nebraska - Lincoln), 2020
Arthur Quern Fellows
Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Doctoral Research Fellows Award
SweetWater Foundation 2021 Urban Ecology Global Fellowship
U.S. Department of Education, Foreign Area and Language Studies Summer Award, 2021 (Declined)
U.S. Department of State, Critical Language Scholarship - Chinese, 2021
UChicago Grad Global Impact Pitch 2021
UChicago Grad Impact Award
UChicago Grad Global Impact Internship
UChicago Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy Graduate Fellow
UChicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Internship, 2020-2021: