News: Alumni Spotlight

Advocacy and Authenticity: Social Work Grad Recruits Top Talent

Written By: Heather Lovett | September 25, 2023
Alumna Paola Luigi ’18 ’21MSW shares how her Puerto Rican heritage and studies at UCF shaped a career that centers around growing young professionals. A native of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, alumna Paola...

Alumni Spotlight: Health Sciences Alumna Receives Master’s Degree

Written By: Gail Kauwell, Steven Burroughs | June 7, 2023
Watching the television show “House” was the spark that led Department of Health Sciences alumna Danielle Saunders ‘20 to where she is today. “It started with a last–minute decision to apply...

More Than Fun and Games

Written By: Robert Stephens | March 29, 2023
This UCF alum fills the very real (and misunderstood) need for professional esports players to stay physically and mentally fit.

2022 Baker Act numbers may correlate with pandemic-related mental health struggles, UCF officials say

Written By: Andrea Charur | February 7, 2023
When Delaney Kirwin-Moore got her master’s in social work at UCF, she knew she wanted to get into crisis intervention. She wanted to work with people who needed immediate help.

The passion of a social worker; changing lives one case at a time

Written By: Carina Espinal | November 29, 2022
UCF Social Work alumni, Carina Espinal ’21 is a Family Case Manager at One Hope United, a private human service organization that works side-by-side with Embrace Families, the lead nonprofit...

‘Hope is here:’ March held in Orlando to raise awareness for youth, gun violence

Written By: Amanda Castro, WKMG Click Orlando | June 11, 2022
Dozens of people participated in a march through downtown Orlando to raise awareness for youth and gun violence on Saturday. The group formed the H.O.P.E. Circle, which stands for “Healing...

CSD Alumna Earns Prestigious Certification, ASHA Award

Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | October 25, 2021
Daniela Berrios ‘15 ‘17MA was recently selected as a Distinguished Early Career Professional by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the national organization for the profession. In addition to the award, she recently became...

A Full-Circle Journey: How a CSD Alumna’s Strengths and Family Drove Her Success

Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | August 30, 2021
When Rachel Williams ‘96MA was growing up in Brevard County, her parents often urged her to consider a career in education. They were lifelong educators themselves, and knew their daughter...

Alumni Spotlight – Braveheart of Hope: Erica Sirrine, director of social work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Written By: UCF Social Work | July 20, 2021
Helping clients deal with illness and the grief that may follow is part of a social worker’s professional career. Maintaining a sense of hope and compassion throughout that can be...

Alumni Spotlight – Social Work Alumnus Starts Nonprofit for the Homeless

Written By: UCF Social Work | June 23, 2021
Eric Camarillo BSW’16, MNM’19 and CEO of nonprofit Service and Love Together (SALT) Outreach, was awarded a $250,000 grant from the City of Orlando in September 2020 to establish a...

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