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Student Heading to Ivy League a Testament to Social Work Program

By: Mary Ann Cozza

nikki huneThe UHD Social Work Program was created several years ago to address the growing need of experienced, educated social workers in the Greater Houston area and across the country. While the program continues to grow - it has seen it's fair share of early success, including starting a nationally-recognized pilot internship program, students selected for prestigious fellowships and awards, and graduating students that have continued their education at master's programs across Texas.

A recent milestone came this semester as senior Nicole Hune became the program's first student accepted into an Ivy League graduate program. Hune will begin her master's degree this summer at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. Not only was Hune accepted to UPenn, she was able to enter their advanced standing program thanks to her work at UHD.

"I feel totally prepared for UPenn," she said. "I absolutely love this program at UHD - it's really intense. My professors have been so great and they've helped me so much. I came to UHD specifically to major in social work and it was the perfect fit."

Because UHD's program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Hune is able to skip many first-year courses at UPenn. Her master's degree will now only take one year to complete. Currently, Hune is interning at the Houston Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness where she advocates for and provides support services to individuals and families affected by mental illness. Once at UPenn, Hune will begin an internship at ActionAids, a Philadelphia-based organization that works in partnership with people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.