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College of Social Work

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Hare, MSW '10

June 25, 2018
By Chris Woodley,

Jessica Hare is a native of Manning, S.C. After graduating from high school, she attended Winthrop University on a full scholarship to play women’s basketball. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Winthrop in 2007 before earning her Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina in 2010. Hare currently lives in Charlotte, N.C. and has held several social work positions, including child protective services after hours investigator, U.S. Army Reserve school support specialist, hospital MSW social worker and adoption counselor. She is also a member of the speakers’ bureau speaker for the Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Services Division.

Hare is currently a Doctor of Social Work candidate and her research interest is ending family violence in rural communities.

Why did you decide to study at the College of Social Work?

I always wanted to attend USC but chose Winthrop when I received a full scholarship. Upon completing my BSW degree, I researched the College of Social Work’s Advanced Standing program and saw that it was a great fit for my academic needs. The college was very thorough in answering all my questions. 

What is your favorite memory of the College of Social Work?

Frances Spann! Mrs. Spann was very influential in my success at the College of Social Work. She assured that I had all my classes properly aligned and was on target for graduation via the Advanced Standing program. She was genuinely concerned about all students and treated us all with dignity and respect.

What was your favorite class and professor?

My favorite class was research with Dr. Terry Wolfer. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and Dr. Wolfer because he pushed me beyond my comfort zone. The class was tough, and I am not a fan of research. However, he provided me with the confidence and reassurance needed for me to be successful in his class.

What do you enjoy most about social work?

I enjoy the versatility of social work and how we have so many career opportunities. The opportunities range from medical, military and school-based social work. 

What is one skill every social worker should have?

Every social worker should have the ability to build rapport. When working with different individuals from different backgrounds, it is imperative as social workers that we meet clients where they are and build a trusting relationship with them.

How would you describe social work in less than five words?

Advocacy… Critical thinking… Research

When not working at your job, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy exercising and spending time with my family and children. 

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