Levi Sanders named Oklahoma’s Social Work Student of the Year

March 30, 2018

Levi Sanders, Goltry senior, has been named the 2018 National Association of Social Workers, Oklahoma (NASW-OK) Undergraduate Student of the Year.

Levi Sanders, Goltry senior, has been named the 2018 National Association of Social Workers, Oklahoma (NASW-OK) Undergraduate Student of the Year. He will receive this award Friday, April 6 during a noon ceremony held at the NASW-OK Annual State Conference in Tulsa.

The Undergraduate Student of the Year Award honors a bachelor’s level social work student from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program. Sanders’ selection was based on the ability to demonstrate leadership qualities, contribute to the positive image of a social work program, successful academic performance, and representation the profession’s core values.

Dr. Kylene Rehder, chair of the department of social work, said that Sander’s recognition is well-deserved.

“Levi embodies the ideal qualities of professional social work,” Rehder said. “We are excited his contributions to service and social justice are being recognized in such a prestigious public way.”

NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world and focuses on enhancing the professional growth and development of its members, creating and maintaining professional standards, and advancing sound social policies.

 “I’m so honored by this award and grateful to Northwestern’s Department of Social Work,” Sanders said. “The social work program has prepared me to become a professional who is ready to make an impact for the better on the world around me.”

Sanders currently is completing a practicum with Youth & Family Services of North Central in Enid. He will be graduating in May and attending the University of Kansas to obtain his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Sanders also was selected for a prominent study abroad program at the University of Kansas that will provide him the opportunity to study social work on an international scale in a 13 day journey to Milan and Rome, Italy.

For more information on Northwestern’s department of social work, please contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or kdrehder@nwosu.edu.

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