The social work program has been flourishing and taking new strides since the 2016 Grand Opening of the School of Social Work at the former Windsor Star building on Pitt and Ferry streets downtown. Masters of social work student Kevin Singh is part of the progress that has been happening within the program.
“I am working closely with Dr. Yun, the MSW program’s coordinator, to combine the various leadership roles in the program under one umbrella organization at the University of Windsor,” shares Kevin Singh, who is also the current Graduate Study Society representative for the School of Social Work.
He plans to have the organization running by the beginning of September 2018. Singh hopes that by combining forces under one labeled organization, there will be more structure. He believes the merger will present an easier way for future social work students to become involved.
“Communication is at the root of everything. We have many student leaders and groups, but they are also scattered, which makes communication with each other and administration difficult,” explains Singh.
The future organization would include the GSS representative, class representatives, and a social committee. Singh looks forward to potentially working with the undergrad social work clubs, such as Phi Alpha and the Social Work Student Association.
Multiple events are in the works for the year to help build relations between social work students and clubs before implementing the umbrella organization. Singh recently organized a meet and greet brunch for networking over pasta, which was hosted at Sundried Tomato Bistro.
“Networking is invaluable in the field of social work, whether that means empowering neighborhoods or individuals. The administration and students are positive and enthusiastic. They want to build up the community and encourage peer education that extends outside of the classroom,” he says it’s only a matter of organization and communication that’s needed to make this process practical.
“Kevin is doing an amazing job at bringing students together. It’s often difficult to find time in our busy schedules to meet and talk. Not only did he find a time that works best for everyone, he found the time to plan the amazing event,” says MSW student Melissa Amartey.
Amartey attended the meet and greet at the Sundried Tomato Bistro and says she is looking forward to seeing the formation of the new organization Singh has been developing. “His selflessness and passion to connect with others are exactly what the program needs,” she adds.
The University of Windsor’s BSW twitter account put out a video from their recent Alumni appreciation night. Singh speaks at 1:48 in the video about what he plans to do with his representative position.
— Social Work UWindsor (@BSWUWindsor) September 26, 2017
More information about upcoming networking events through the social work programs and clubs can be found on their Facebook page. Social work students looking to become more involved with networking events can contact Kevin Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org.