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Ericka Otterson ’15100125 stepup staff034

I believe that my purpose—my calling—is to help individuals and families move beyond shame and stigma to find healthier ways of living. The MSW program helps me expand my skills while creating a safe space for me to practice and enhance my strengths. I believe the curriculum and faculty allow me to develop my counseling skills, engage in dialogue to affect change, and pursue the discovery of new talents and competencies in the profession. My education helps me hone my vocation and underscores the importance of the individual journey while empowering human beings to heal and live well.

Michael Grewe ’12130425 Michael Grewe006

The Augsburg MSW program gave me a solid framework for doing community organizing through a social justice lens, which has been especially useful in my work advocating for LGBTQIA communities. The discussions I had with faculty and my classmates were invigorating, and the curriculum helped me better navigate and understand my role as a social work practitioner.

Laura Thompsen ’12120606 Laura Thompsen 008

I came to the MSW/MA in Theology dual degree program hoping to further understand the common ground between faith and God’s call for social justice. I found much more than just direction in the dual degree program. I found purpose, support, invaluable encouragement, and many mentors. The program affirmed my call and equipped me to help the church expand its imagination on how it can intersect with neighborhoods, communities, and the world.

Ryan Stopera ’11 MSW, ’14 MBA130507Ryan Stopera01

After years of experience in community organizing and providing direct service to clients, the MSW/MBA dual degree program has given me a vision beyond radical social change. My education allows me to pursue capitalist reform rather than revolution, which means that I will develop public and private collaborations that will efficiently address social needs and alleviate dependence on government funding. As a leader of a mission-driven social business, I will be able to provide job opportunities to individuals who may face systemic barriers to gaining employment. I intend to invest in those individuals, utilizing profits to provide living wages and social services to people in need.

Adrienne Slaughter ’10130503 adrienne slaughterhouse 023

Graduating from the Augsburg MSW program is a special privilege to me. I received an outstanding professional education, but I also benefited from the collective wisdom of faculty who gave me the knowledge and skills to serve as a social worker. As an African American professional woman, many doors have been opened to me because of the education I received at Augsburg. Today, I am able to serve those who do not have a voice and to be more effective in both the professional and personal spheres of my life.