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April 16, 2018

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)–South Carolina Chapter recently honored a College of Social Work Professor and student at the spring symposium held in Columbia from March 21-23.

On the final day of the symposium, the chapter’s Social Work Awards were presented to individuals who best exemplify social work values. Clinical Assistant Professor Daniel Freedman was named the Social Work Educator of the Year, while senior Dannicia Laws received the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Student of the Year award.

“Winning the award is humbling because I take a lot of pride in the profession and still identify as a practicing social worker,” said Freedman, who also serves as the BSW Program Coordinator. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to integrate practice and teaching.”

Laws, a native of St. Stephen, S.C., was nominated by Freedman for the BSW Student of the Year award.

“I was at the Charlotte airport during spring break when (NASW-SC Executive Director) Carla Damron called and told me I won,” said Laws. “Winning the award is an honor for me to represent the students. I know all of us works hard, and it’s very humbling just to be chosen.”

Laws began her collegiate studies as a psychology major but eventually switched to social work.

“I knew I wanted to do something with working with people and originally wanted to be a guidance counselor,” said Laws. “But after talking with my aunt, who is a social worker, she gave me some ideas about jobs in social work, such as school social work. I did my research and after switching majors, I fell in love with the program.”

The NASW-SC Chapter is a membership organization of professional social workers that works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members. They also help shape legislation affecting the health and welfare of all people.



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