FAU's School of Social Work Celebrates 1000th Graduate

By brittany sullivan | 7/6/2017

Florida Atlantic University’s Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work within the College for Design and Social Inquiry recently celebrated Shanekia Calbert as its 1,000th graduate of the Master of Social Work program.

The Master of Social Work program was launched in 2000 and currently has 296 students enrolled in the program. Graduates are nationally renowned for the depth of their clinical expertise, and are in great demand as senior practitioners and health, mental health, and human service leaders.

Prior to her graduation, Calbert received two job offers and has accepted a position through her internship as a clinical therapist at Family Unity, an agency devoted to providing high quality services to children and families.

“The difference between interest and commitment is when you’re interested in doing something you do it only when it is convenient, but when you are committed to something, you accept no excuses only results,” said Calbert.

Calbert will assist several families who are involved in the foster care system that require specialized behavioral health services, an area she studied while earning a child welfare certificate from FAU’s Child Welfare Institute.

“We are thrilled to graduate our 1,000th Master in Social Work student,” said Naelys Luna, director of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. “Our graduates are highly trained and committed clinical social workers dedicated to making a fundamental difference in the lives of people they serve in our communities.”