Alumni & Field

Social Work Advisory Board

The Social Work Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from the state and local community, including social workers and concerned citizens. The Board seeks to:

  • Provide information to the program regarding current community activities, needs, and goals.
  • Review programmatic assessment data and give feedback about the program's activities, curriculum, and instructional services.
  • Advocate for the program and the profession.
  • Serve as engaged role models for students.

Social Work Advisory Board Members

Mission and Vision Statement

The Social Work Advisory Board shall serve as a guiding force in the continuing development of social work education at Mississippi State University. Its chief obligation is to ensure continuation of a social work program consistent with community and state needs and goals.

The Board shall assist in the maintenance of high standards for the program through their involvement in curriculum overview, student practicum, placement, community networking and as a resource advisor. The Board will provide a means for disseminating information about the Program, obtaining feedback from key community leaders about how the Program's significance is perceived, securing suggestions for the Program's improvement, and assisting the Program in obtaining local and state support. The Board shall encourage participation by professionals representing community agencies who have a commitment to social work education.The Board shall be appointed by the Social Work Program faculty and consist of a group of 12 or more and comprised of students, program alumni and professional and community leaders, representing a broad array of agencies and fields of practice who support the Baccalaureate Social Work Program. Members shall serve three year terms, staggered so that turnover shall be approximately equal thirds. Reappointment will not be limited. The Board shall elect a chairperson from its membership who will serve a two year term. Members are eligible to succeed themselves. The Boards active participation in program accreditation endeavors, including site visits from the Council on Social Work Education will be extremely helpful in the Social Work Program's successful accreditation efforts. It will fill an extremely vital role in ongoing self-evaluation and future development. The Board is an excellent source of information and a particularly vital contact with the local professional community as well as local needs and trends in social services.

Activity Feed

Spring 2021 Field Practicum Students Visited the Child Advocacy Training Institute

Spring 2021 Field Practicum Students who Visited the Child Advocacy Training Institute

During the Spring 2021 semester, field practicum students visited the Child Advocacy Training Institute, which is located on the campus of the Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) in Jackson, MS and operated through the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM). Both the MSH and the CACM are field agencies of the MSU Social Work Program

(Field Experiences) Raven Ponds

Raven Ponds

Newly appointed Director of Social Services for Palmer Home for Children, Raven Ponds, LMSW talks with SuperTalk Mississippi host during their 8th Annual Radiothon. An Alumna of the MSU Social Work Program, Ponds currently serves as a Field Instructor and Admissions Committee Member for program.

(Field Experiences) Martin Moore

Martin Moore

Martin Moore, Canopy In-Circle Intern and his Field Instructor Magan Williams, Canopy Northeast In-Circle Supervisor, participated in The Health Fitness Fest in Tupelo, Mississippi on October 5, 2019.

(Field Experiences) Samantha Kerr

Samantha Kerr

Samantha Kerr, fall 2019 Social Work Intern at the Department of Corrections Noxubee County Transition Center, is all smiles, upon facilitating a thought provoking intervention. After discussing the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian and sharing about one man’s loss of his five year old son, Kerr assisted the “returning citizens” of the Transition Program in creating thoughtful and encouraging cards to send to those impacted by the hurricane.

(Field Experiences) Morgan Santana

Morgan Santana

Morgan Santana, fall 2018 field student with the Harrison County School District under the supervision of Bridget Logan, LSW, participated in Red Ribbon Week!

Social Work Student McKenzie Garrison is recipient of the MS Chapter NASW Social Work Student of the Year Award.

McKenzie Garrison

Social Work Student McKenzie Garrison is recipient of the MS Chapter NASW Social Work Student of the Year Award, Claire Nowlin Award Winner.

Samantha McGrew, Senior Social Work Major, takes one more look at the sign marking Bowen Hall as the Social Work Program site at Mississippi State University.

Samantha McGrew takes one more look at the sign marking Bowen Hall

Samantha graduates May 2017 and joins a long line of Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) graduates of the program.  Congratulations, Samantha, to you and all the Spring 2017 graduates!

MSU Students in the Social Work Program will begin field placements for the Spring 2014 Semester

Pictured left to right: Shelby Reves and Jane Aden Turner jump for joy!

Shelby Reves and Jane Aden Turner jump for joy! They, along with twelve other students in the Social Work Program, will begin field placements for the spring 2014 semester through an approved agency setting in Mississippi. Reves and Turner have secured placement at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, respectively. Other placements include those in settings such as mental health facilities, child advocacy centers, family service organizations, and schools.


Dr. Leigh Jensen and President Keenum

Social Worker and Advisory Board member Dr. Leigh Jensen, Director of the MSU Student Counseling Center, was named Outstanding Professional Woman of 2013 by MSU.