Angelica Hernandez is currently a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow in the master's program of social work advanced practice leadership. She is a first-gen graduate student and works as a graduate research assistant in the Diverse Pathways Neurodevelopment Research Lab with Dr. Vanegas, while also assisting other faculty members in the School of Social Work. Angelica graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in fall 2018, receiving a bachelor of science in public health in epidemiology and disease control and a bachelor of arts in sociology. While completing her undergraduate education, she spent three years working at the Institute for Health Disparities Research as a project manager for a research study focused on substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis-C.
Field Instructor Training 2022
The Office of Field Education will hold a field instructor training on Friday, January 28th, 2022,from 10:00-3:30 pm CST via Zoom. Details and CEU information are included below. Due to security reasons, a meeting link will be sent the day prior to the webinar, so please register to receive the meeting information. Attendance is not required, and you do not have to be an active field instructor to participate.
Join the Office of Field Education for a field instructor training:
January 28th, 2022
10:00-11:30 am FIELD INTRODUCTIONS
FIELD INSTRUCTION:R. Stephen Medel, LMSW; Tozi Gutierrez, PhD, LMSW; Jennifer Vasquez, LCSW-S: Educational Learning Plan (ELP)
The Office of Field Education will review the Educational Learning Plan and nine CSWE social work competencies. This is targeted for a new field instructor or for those who want a refresher.(2.0 CEUs for field instruction: 10am-12 pm)
Review BSW (Brooks), MSW Foundation (Vasquez), and MSW Advanced(Mayer) assignments for discussion
11:30-12:00 pm FIELD INSTRUCTOR: Patty C. Garza, LMSW (Texas Juvenile Justice Department): Discuss the role of field instructor including supervision, dos and don’ts, and connecting with the field liaison
12:00-12:30 pm. LUNCH (on your own)
12:30-3:30 pm ETHICS: Ly-Huong Barrett, JD, LCSW: The Good, The Bad, and The Ethical: Good people can inadvertently do “bad” things. From the lens of an attorney and NASW Texas Ethics Committee member, Ms. Barrett will bring engaging conversations about ethical considerations in supervising future social workers in field placement.(3.0 CEUs)
3:30 pm CLOSING
Due to security reasons, a meeting link will be sent out the day prior to the meeting.
Both sessions are not required to participate. To receive credit: (1) Stay on for the duration of the session (i.e., field instruction or ethics), (2) Have a working microphone and camera to participate, and (3) Take and receive an 80 on assessment (post training).
We look forward to seeing you all soon.
The following scholarships have been awarded for the 2020-2021 School year.
Karen Brown Endowed Scholarship
Terry Hernandez Pacheco
Terri O’Gara Murdock Endowed Scholarship
Name: Nirav Shah
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Peace Corps Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
Announces New Partnership with Texas State University
Oct. 8, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Peace Corps celebrates the 35th anniversary of the and announced Texas State University as one of six new university partnerships. Peace Corps created the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program in 1985, the first Fellows program was at Teachers College, Columbia University. Peace Corps now partners with more than 120 institutions of higher education across the country in 37 states. The partnership covers more than 200 programs at these universities, offering returned Peace Corps Volunteers more than 300 graduate and post-graduate degrees.
The Coverdell Fellows is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Volunteers. All fellows complete internships in underserved communities in the United States, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Volunteers abroad. These skills in adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources attract the attention of prospective schools.
“Thirty-five years and more than 5,000 participants later, Coverdell Fellows programs at schools across the country continue to provide returned Volunteers affordable access to graduate education, while also creating amazing opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills they’ve garnered during service toward improving local communities,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “These are incredibly meaningful avenues for returned Volunteers to continue serving in the spirit of the Peace Corps.”
The M.S.W. program at Texas State prepares students to serve as effective and ethical leaders for change in a diverse and dynamic society. It advances the purpose of social work, which is to promote personal and organizational well-being and to build a more just society. The Advanced Practice Leadership curriculum allows students to integrate direct services and administrative course work in order to pursue agency-based practice in the public sector, serving society’s most vulnerable clients. The program celebrates their distinguished alumni, who are recognized social work leaders at the state, national and global levels. Program options include on-campus, online, and regular or advanced standing.
Angela Ausbrooks, director of the School of Social Work, is excited at the prospect of having Coverdell Fellows join her program. She said, “Having students in the MSW program who bring maturity, life experience, and a broader worldview, as a result of their Peace Corp experience, is very important for not only their academic success, but also contributes to the overall educational experience of other graduate students.”
Ausbrooks further noted that all of these characteristics provide opportunities to apply a real-life context to course concepts, requirements, and class discussions that enhance comprehension of the curriculum overall, as well as ability to apply specific theoretical frameworks of human development and social work practice. These sentiments were echoed by Andrea Golato, dean of The Graduate College. “A broader worldview also supports students’ ability to engage in critical thinking and analyses and examine social justice issues from a more in-depth level and global perspective, she said.”
Since August 2019, Peace Corps has established new Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program partnerships at these institutions:
1) Boston University – Wheelock College of Education and Human Development
2) Columbia University – School of Nursing
3) Columbia University – School of Social Work
4) Shippensburg University – Department of Social Work and Gerontology, College of Education and Human Services
5) George Washington University --School of Nursing
6) Texas State University – School of Social Work
“I am delighted to see Coverdell Fellows reach its 35th anniversary,” said La’Teashia Sykes, Peace Corps Director of University Programs. “This program encourages an invaluable exchange between returned Peace Corps Volunteers, educational institutions and local communities. We look forward to the next 35 years facilitating affordable graduate education for returned Volunteers, adding a global perspective to classroom discussions, and supporting underserved U.S. communities.”
To see a current list of all Paul D. Coverdell Fellows programs around the country, including degrees and financial assistance offered, as well as university contacts, visit: www.peacecorps.gov/universityprograms
About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, Volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.
Angelica Hernandez Coverdell Fellow
After graduating, Angelica worked for the Texas Department of Family Protective Services as a Child Protective Service Investigator for a year. At this time, she found a passion for social work that led her to serve in the Peace Corps. Working and living in rural areas of Belize as Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer, Angelica implemented and facilitated public health and social work programs. After serving a year, her Peace Corp service ended shortly due to COVID-19.2020 Coverdell Fellow Angelica Hernandez.
Peace Corps Oppurtunity
As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends motivated changemakers to tackle the most pressing needs of people in over 60 countries around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them..
Our mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained Volunteers.
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Peace Corps Volunteers represent the United States abroad as they work in a wide variety of positions. Assignments vary, however, nearly all Volunteers fall under one of the following general categories:
- Education - Teach lessons that last a lifetime.
- Youth in Development - Empower the next generation of changemakers.
- Health - Serve on the front lines of global health.
- Community Economic Development - Harness 21st-century tools to help communities lift themselves.
- Agriculture - Lead grassroots efforts to fight hunger in a changing world.
- Environment - Help forge a global movement to protect our planet.
Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience you will draw upon throughout your life. The most significant accomplishment will be the contribution you make to improve the lives of others and there are also numerous tangible benefits including the Coverdell Fellow’s Program. We ask for a 27-month commitment, which includes 12 weeks of language training in the host country and encourage you to apply 9-12 months before you want to start your service. .
17 FEB 2018
Diversity and Social Justice in NYC
These elective courses present a global perspective on cultural diversity, vulnerability-resiliency, and social justice in New York City, applied through the theme of immigration, migration, contemporary/historical slavery, and related issues. Through faculty-led educational experiences, students will explore social work approaches to social justice in one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the U.S. and the world. Students will gain an international worldview and learn how to contribute to humane local/global change through self-awareness, experiential learning, volunteer activities, agency visits, academic requirements, and daily group discussions.
SUMMER SESSION I: Online course with one-week field trip to New York City – June 9-15, 2019 For more info please contact Dr. Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org.