Sandra Treviño, who graduated with a Master of Science degree in Social Work from The University of Texas-Pan American Friday, May 16, will soon travel to Connecticut to continue her education at Yale University.
Treviño was accepted into The Minority Social Work Fellowship Program at the Yale Child Study Center and will participate in clinical evaluations and treatments that will provide extensive experience in the field of social work.
"I was in shock when I learned I had received the award," Treviño said. "The program is very demanding, working over 60 hours a week. I hope to learn about clinical social work practice and research."
Treviño's decision to become a social worker came from her desire to help others. Her goal is to educate others about the resources available in the community.
"My family taught me to count my blessings and help others when ever possible," she said. "I was inspired to take up this field because I constantly saw my mother and aunts helping others to better their lives."
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in sociology in 1999, Treviño enrolled at UTPA in hopes of receiving her master's degree in social work.
UTPA Professor Dr. Gary Villereal said Treviño is a great example of the type of students the University graduates.
"Sandra is a personable and hardworking student and she demonstrates what all graduate students possess and that is a sense to provide competent and responsible social work services to vulnerable populations," he said. "It is an honor for the department to have a prestigious program (Yale) accept one of our UTPA graduates."
The one-year program offers African-American, Hispanic and other minorities post-master's social workers advanced clinical training in evaluating and treating emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and families.