NC A&T/UNCG Joint Master of Social Work Student Receives NASW-NC 2018 Presidents’ Award

Sarah-Hamrick-300.jpgGREENSBORO, NC (Feb. 9, 2018) – Sarah Hamrick, a graduate student in the Joint Master of Social Work (JMSW) program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been named the 2018 NASW-NC Presidents’ Award recipient for Master of Social Work graduate student for the 2017-2018 academic year by The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC). 

Hamrick was chosen because of her leadership ability, academic achievement, commitment to her community and potential to impact the field of social work as a professional. 

Having served as both vice president and co-president of the JMSW social work student organization, she has helped coordinate a mentoring program for first- and second-year graduate students in the program and assisted in organizing service events and guest speakers for the JMSW program. 

In addition to the extensive leadership role she carries in school, Hamrick serves as a guardian ad litem in Guilford County and is currently an advocate for a family of six children helping to place them in a permanent home. She has been a mentor with the UNCG Guarantee Program for the past five years, which provides scholarships and academic support to low- income, first-generation students. She has also worked with Greensboro Operation Transparency, an activist group that seeks to highlight and combat injustices in the community. 

Academically, Hamrick has shown excellence through her engagement in research and scholarship outside of her normal coursework in the JMSW program. In 2017, she presented data with N.C. A&T faculty member Dr. Maura Nsonwu centered on culturally competent social work with Latinx families in Greensboro. 

She also worked with another faculty member to design an independent-study course for spring 2018 related to her career interest in maternal mental health. She hopes to bring competent, compassionate mental health care to new and expecting mothers and their families in underserved rural populations where there are not many resources. 

Hamrick will be honored at the 2018 NASW-NC Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Durham Convention Center.