Congratulations to our students and the class of 2021!

Three graduates on the quad during the Hooding Ceremony

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:

Graduating Doctoral Students

Crown Family School Award Recipients

2021 Advocates' Forum

Trauma-Informed Care Certificate

Programs of Study Certificates

Student Fellowships

Link to Convocation Information


Graduating Doctoral Students

Bikki Smith
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

Kallie Clark
Dissertation: Postsecondary Pathways in Chicago Public Schools
Chair: Marci Ybarra, Associate Professor

Kristen Ethier
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

Marion Malcome
Dissertation: Black Mothers' Experiences of Racism, Depression and Neighborhoods
Chair: Deborah Gorman-Smith, Dean & Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor

Dylan Bellisle
Dissertation: The Role of the Earned Income Tax Credit in Family Economic Decision Making: Moving Beyond an Individual Actor Model
Chair: Julia Henly, Professor

Katherine Gibson
Dissertation: An Ethnographic Study of Professional Practices with Psychotropic Drugs in Illinois's Child Welfare System
Chair: Summerson Carr, Associate Professor


Crown Family School Awards

The Solomon O. Lichter Memorial Prize
This award is presented to a graduating Master’s degree student for scholarship and professional leadership.

2021 Recipient

Joe Alter

Wilma Walker Award

2021 Recipient

Adelia Davis

Leadership and Community Award

2021 Recipients

Maryam Fakhruddin
Marion Malcome
Derek Nettingham
Alexandrea Wilson

Simons Doctoral Student Teaching Award

2021 Recipients

Justin Harty
Darnell Leatherwood

2021 William Pollak Award for Teaching:

S. L. Simmons, Assistant Instructional Professor


2021 Advocates' Forum

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.

Authors/Titles

  • 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”

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF

Second Year:

Caroline Kelly
Matthew Teeters

First Year:

Molly Lubetkin
Mansi Mehta

EDITORIAL BOARD

Sara Bovat
Brooke Ferguson
Alexandra Galván
Alyson Holsclaw
Katy Ibur
Hannah Ingersoll

FACULTY ADVISOR

Nicole Marwell, Associate Professor


Trauma Informed Care Certificate:

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.

Joe Alter
Kyra Auslander
Lb Barry
Natasha Beals
Aubrey Biga
Cindy Bloomfield
Sara Bovat
Paige Burk
Courtney Burkhart
Vanessa Camacho
Carolina Campos
Aoxuan Cao
Celine Chong
Camille Coleman
Carlos Collins
Abigail Compernolle
Juan Contreras
Cara Culbert
Maryam Fakhruddin
Angel Flores
Karlyn Friesen Gehring
Armando Garcia
Laura Garcia
Molly Gibson
Cara Hare
Jia He
Alyson Holsclaw
Anmin Hui
Kathryn Ibur
Hannah Ingersoll
Yukako Ishiguro
Binta Ka
Ayesha Khan
Leah Kling
Michele Lakemeyer
Leah Kling
David Manolof
Gabriela Martinez
Anaceli Mejia
Emma Meyerhoff
Lauren Mulligan
Alison Mundell
Derek Nettingham
Tre Nowaczynski
Allison O’Neill
Erin Orme
Erin Orme
Crystal Ortiz
Andre Pai
Kaitlyn Rippel
Allie Rothschild
Howard Ruan
Miranda Santillo
Jossy Santos
Catherine Saoud
Ellen Sauter
Liliana Schiller
Lena Storino
Addison Taylor
Ann Elise Taylor
Lee Thompson
Hiromi Todaro
Kit Ha Stella Tung
Sophia Velez
Sophia Velez
Emily Verburg
Briahna Williams
Alexandrea Wilson
Fei Zhao


Programs of Study

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.

Kelsey Buckley
Karlyn Gehring
Anmin Hui
Naomi Johnson

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.

Hannah Bonner
Celine Chong
Hannah Gregor
Kelly McGrath
Miranda Santillo
Ellen Sauter
Liliana Schiller

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.

Cindy Bloomfield
Mariana Olga Cisneros Bravo
Leah Kling
Emma Meyerhoff
Janaye Monica
Chris Montez Jenkins
Erin Orme
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
Jazmin Castillo
John Hojek
Yuka Ishiguro
Binta Ka
Dominique Oppenheimer
Sarah Roseland
Jack Thorndyke
Prisca Tuyishime
Sophia Velez
Victoria Wynecoop-Abrahamson 

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.

Hannah Ingersoll
Kaye Michalak
Derek Nettingham
Jaya Sahihi

Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Juan Contreras

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.

Aubrey Biga
Sara Bovat
Tania Escobedo
Armando Garcia
Molly Gibson
John Hojek
Ayesha Khan
Shuxian Ruby Liu
Rosie Rogers
Howard Ruan
Lee Thompson
Alexandrea Wilson

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).

Kyra Auslander
Alexis Barnes
Mary Cook
Alyson Holsclaw
Michele Lakemeyer
Allison O’Neill
Catherine Saoud
Lena Storino
Ann Elise Taylor
Matthew Teeters
Joe Valdez
Virginia Westfall

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.

Joe Alter
Stefani Amick
Carolina Campos
Rebecca Chartoff
Elisabeth DiGiulio
Luis Duarte
Jia He
Eliana Horwitz
Angelica Johnson
Marissa Johnson
Anna Kerf
Abby Long
Carolyn Monteagudo
Crystal Ortiz
Charlene Poindexter
Kathryn Reichel (Shouse)
Kaitlyn Rippel
Maggie Rose
Callie Scher
Addison Taylor
Briahna Williams

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.

Madeline Berry
Courtney Chambers-Day
Alyssa Gill

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.

Courtney Burkhart
Victoria Englert
Laura Garcia
Gabrielle Hillman
Tre Nowaczynski
Hanna Sharif-Kazemi
Sosina Tesema
Emily Verburg
Amelia Vojt
Rebecca Wilkinson

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.

Josselyn Garcia
Paige Gonzalez
Emma Graves
Alyson Holsclaw
Michele Lakemeyer
David Manolof
Tre Nowaczynski
Brighid O'Shaughnessy
Andre Pai
Allie Rothschild
Aradhana Walker


Student Fellowships

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarship
Martin Beck

Ray E. Brown Fellow
Alexandrea Wilson

Carl A. Erikson Fellows
Asiyah Nida Khafiyya
Shuxian Ruby Liu
Danny Michael
Rosie Rogers
Lee Thompson

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy 2020 Grant Awardee
Danielle Adams

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
Carly Uebel

Madsen Scholarship Award 2021-2022
Danny Michael

Master Minority Fellowship, Council of Social Work Education, 2020-2021
Gabriela Martinez

McKelvie Public Service Scholarship (University of Nebraska - Lincoln), 2020
Carly Uebel

Arthur Quern Fellows
Aubrey Biga
Tania Escobedo
John Hojek
Caroline Kelly

Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Doctoral Research Fellows Award
Danielle Adams

SweetWater Foundation 2021 Urban Ecology Global Fellowship
Tusani Gates

U.S. Department of Education, Foreign Area and Language Studies Summer Award, 2021 (Declined)
Andrew Frangos

U.S. Department of State, Critical Language Scholarship - Chinese, 2021
Andrew Frangos

UChicago Grad Global Impact Pitch 2021
Martin Beck
Sophia Etling

UChicago Grad Impact Award
Hanna Sharif-Kazemi

UChicago Grad Global Impact Internship
Walaa Jumma
Carly Uebel

UChicago Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Kreisman Initiative on Housing Law and Policy Graduate Fellow
Martin Beck

UChicago Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Internship, 2020-2021:
Sara Bovat
Adelia Davis
Binta Ka
Carlin Smith