The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Wisconsin Chapter has announced that Marian University senior Kristina Schumacher has been elected to serve as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Student Representative.

To be elected students must be NASW members and enrolled in either a BSW or Master of Social Work program during the 2020-2021 academic year. The term runs July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with meetings held quarterly in Madison

“I am so honored and excited for this wonderful opportunity, as it will not only allow me to grow as a Social Work student, but the experience I gain will hopefully be a valuable resource to our program as well as Marian University,” Schumacher said. “Being a non-traditional student and returning to college to pursue a different career, I never thought that an opportunity like this would arise for me.

“I wouldn’t be in this position without the continued support of my social work professors Leslie Jaber-Wilson, Brenda Steuber, and Anairahe Rosenow. They have been crucial to my success as a student and I am truly grateful for their encouragement and support. I look forward to all the new learning experiences I am about to embark on.”

Serving as a representative is a leadership opportunity for students, who are also able to meet social work leaders from all over Wisconsin.

“Kristina is an exceptional student who has demonstrated her commitment to the social work program and to the Student Social Work Association,” said Jaber-Wilson, who also serves as Marian’s Social Work Program Director. “She is a collaborative team member, has experience serving as a school nurse, and has worked with people of a variety of backgrounds and experiences. She is going to be a fabulous representative.”

Students are also expected to serve on at least one committee.