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Giving a Voice to the Vulnerable

Student Spotlight: Kennedy Richart

"After earning her undergraduate degree in social work from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Kennedy Richart relocated south to pursue her master's degree, thanks to the college's Advanced Standing program. 

Why did you decide to attend the Univ. of South Carolina College of Social Work?

As someone from Indiana, UofSC has given me the opportunity to network with new people, professors, communities and colleagues. UofSC has also given me the opportunity to explore different areas of social work, especially in the mezzo area. From the beginning, everyone I met during my transition to UofSC was so welcoming and helpful, making my decision that much easier.

What inspired or motivated you to study social work?

I chose social work because my passion is to work with vulnerable populations and be a voice for those who feel they may not have one. Helping others reach their full potential and providing care in every way possible has always been a priority of mine. Social work is the best of both worlds as I combine my passion with work.

What have you learned the most from serving as a research assistant?  

I am working as a research assistant under BSW Program Coordinator Dan Freedman. He has helped me to see the importance of educating others on social work and the impact that just one person can make on individuals thinking about pursuing a career in social work. Professor Freedman puts a lot of thought, work, and dedication into all that he does to make the BSW program successful and it shows."

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