We are thrilled to highlight the 2023 recipients of the Jannette Alexander Foundation Scholarships. The Jannette Alexander Foundation for Clinical Social Work Education is a subsidiary non-profit education foundation of the California Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW). Each year, the Foundation awards $1000 scholarships to graduating MSW students who demonstrate excellence in clinical studies and practice. Congratulations to these inspiring 2023 students who have already made wonderful contributions to the field of social work! We are so excited to follow your continued success and contributions.
My name is Kianni Albrecht and I am attending my Master of Social Work Program at California State University, San Marcos. This program has provided me the safe and empowering space to engage in the critical exploration of the needs of diverse populations, the social systems that impact the communities that we serve, and my own experiences, biases and needs that have the power to influence the work that I do with others. The culmination of this experience has equipped me with a framework of curiosity, empathy and hope that I commit to provide the highest quality supportive services that I can. Overall, I know that the future only holds more opportunities for learning and growth, and I am ecstatic to have California Society for Clinical Social Work as a resource to gain high level of clinical training and education, ethical guidance and opportunities for advocacy.
My name is Cheery Huang and I am in my final year at UC Berkeley’s Master of Social Welfare program. I received my B.A. in Sociology from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. During my undergraduate career, I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina to study Public Health in Urban Environments and in Merida, Mexico. My research interests are on race, ethnicity, diaspora, ethnic identities, ethnic enclaves, public health, racial health disparities, inequities, and well-being, especially in low-income immigrant communities. I presented my research at my school’s Spring Colloquium, Celebration, and Eastern Sociological Society. After graduating, I am excited to be home on the west coast to give back to my community. Inspired by Jannette Alexander, I hope to advance social work by finding ways within my community to deepen my understanding of the ways that mental health is as important as physical health for well-being. I want to empower their voices and, with them, make meaningful, societal changes as a bilingual social worker, especially, during these unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of Asian Hate Crimes, the mental health field is crucial to help provide support and ensure safety. My goal is to educate, with cultural competence, populations unfamiliar with or unaccepting of psychosocial issues and help them conquer the stigma attached to mental distress and crises.
John Cabonce is a bilingual Filipino-American registered as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor as well as a certified domestic violence advocate. He holds a master’s degree in counseling and Guidance and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling from the California State University, San Bernardino. He is pursuing a second master’s degree in social work at the University of California, Los Angeles to gain more skills and be a more well-rounded helping professional. He is one of the 2022 recipients of Bergman Family Mental Health Fellowship Award from the UCLA Department of Social Welfare for his commitment to mental health service and practice. John has experience providing individual, couple, and group counseling/therapy in various settings, such as in community mental health agency, unhoused Full-Service Partnership (FSP) agency, inpatient substance use treatment facility, and school settings to support individuals of all ages dealing with various mental health challenges and relational difficulties. John is an LGBTQ+ affirming and trauma-informed therapist and uses various approaches such as, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Gottman Method Couple Therapy Level 1. John carries the belief that clients already possess the strengths, abilities, and skills to navigate problems. John integrates cultural humility, social justice, and intersectionality lenses in his work with clients. He is passionate in the areas of LGBTQ+ issues, trauma work, mental health advocacy, and interpersonal violence.