Networking and awareness were two of the primary goals for Union University’s annual Social Work Awareness Day April 2 at the Carl Grant Events Center.
Roslyn Wilson, associate professor of social work and social work field director, said more than 100 people attended the event from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., where about 60 agencies from Middle and West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi set up booths and discussed the services they offer.
“The purpose of Social Work Awareness Day is to educate the campus as well as the community about the profession and the many job opportunities that are available to professional social workers,” Wilson said.
Wilson added that Social Work Awareness Day is held so that students can make connections with professionals in the field and learn about potential job openings.
The event also is a time for social work professionals to familiarize themselves with other agencies, said Hope Vunk, senior social work major.
Vunk, who began interning this semester at the Exchange Club/Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Jackson, said she helps teach parenting classes and assess the needs of children and families.
While she said it is difficult hearing about child abuse cases each day, she enjoys helping meet families’ needs by connecting them to the right resources.