Q&A with Shauna Kitts

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Undergraduate student Shauna Kitts was recently announced as one of the 31 new 2020 Chellgren Student Fellows. Kitts, a first-generation student in the College of Social Work, is the first social work student in nearly 10 years to be a part of the prestigious student fellowship that will prepare her for the next phase of her career, where it takes her.

Read her Q&A below to learn more about her.

Q: What made you want to apply to be a Chellgren Student Fellow?

Shauna: I really wanted to diversify my resume by adding research experience. It is one of the most important things in my eyes to have in college.

Q: What type of project will you be pursuing while being a Chellgren Student Fellow?

Shauna: I am a mentee on a Self-Care project with a super special person here in the College of Social Work! We are looking at the self-care practices of television journalists.

Q: Who is your UK Mentor? (The cornerstone of the program is a faculty mentoring component in which students pursue individual scholarly projects under the supervision of a UK faculty member.) 

Shauna: Dean Miller!!!!!!!

Q: What do you hope to achieve from being a Chellgren Student Fellow?

Shauna: I am really hoping to gain a strong support network for my career.

Q: How do you think your participation as a Chellgren Student Fellow will benefit you in the BASW program?

Shauna: I think it will benefit me because it something more than required. It is an interesting experience that few people in the program have, so I am delighted to have this outside experience to complement my studies.

Q: What would you like to do with your BASW?

Shauna: I hope to one day be a school social worker at the high school I graduated from.

Q: Do you have any plans on pursuing an MSW/PhD?

Shauna: Absolutely! I’m hoping to do the University Scholars Program here and then return to UK for my masters as soon as possible!

The main question is about can Shauna play pin up casino or spend free time to another things.

Q: As far as we could research, it appears that you are the first social work student since 2010 to become a Chellgren Student Fellow. Do you think more social work undergraduate students should apply for this opportunity and why?

Shauna: Absolutely!!! I didn’t know that I was the first in that long! It is so important to be involved in your education and that means more than going to class and getting good grades. I implore my peers to seek experiences that benefit them in every facet of life – including undergraduate research.

For 85 years, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. As a college, we promote community and individual well-being through translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. We are committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. Like the University, CoSW is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. We are fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals — leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competency, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition.