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College of Social Work to Host UofSC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides

Jan. 25, 2019
Chris Woodley •
cwoodley@mailbox.sc.edu 

A familiar face around the University of South Carolina campus will speak at the College of Social Work. Students are invited to attend “An Evening with First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 in Hamilton College, Room 322. The event is hosted by the college’s Undergraduate Social Work Student Association (USWSA).

“In the fall semester, the executive team of the USWSA were brainstorming some ideas for interesting and engaging meetings we could hold throughout the year,” said USWSA President Sarah Cassidy. “When we came up with the idea to host the first lady, we contacted her team who told us that she was basically booked for the fall semester. We kept in contact and were luckily able to secure a date for the spring semester.”

According to Cassidy, Moore-Pastides is known for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being a skilled cook. The first lady will discuss self-care, the importance of keeping oneself healthy and share some of her favorite healthy foods. 

“It is important to hear these messages from Ms. Moore-Pastides because she is a great example for students,” said Cassidy. “She has made such an impact on UofSC through her healthy eating initiatives, such as the weekly farmers market and other lectures where she has shared her knowledge. Ms. Moore-Pastides has been a role model for many students like me. To hear about how she practices self-care in order to be successful is a unique opportunity, and we are really looking forward to having her visit the College of Social Work.”

Cassidy added that Moore-Pastides’ advocacy work can be appreciated by social work students.

“Ms. Moore-Pastides has a prominence and impact on campus as well as UofSC as a whole,” said Cassidy. “As a successful public health professional, her role as an advocate is something that can be admired by social work students who are hoping to advocate for various vulnerable populations.”

For more information about “An Evening with First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides,” email USWSA President Sarah Cassidy.