MSW Student Wins NASW Student-of-the-Year
Congratulations to John Joseph (JJ) Beggs, III, for receiving the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Student of the Year Award for the Tampa Bay Unit and the state of Florida. JJ is a second year Master of Social Work (MSW) student. The NASW Student of the Year award is given to someone who "makes a demonstrable difference in such areas as advocacy for clients, social policy, social work practice, program development, administration and research; demonstrates outstanding leadership; contributes to a positive image for the social work profession; and takes risks to achieve outstanding results". He has embodied all of this and so much more as a student in the School of Social Work. One professor remarked, "JJ demonstrates dignity and worth for all persons just by his attitude towards others, but especially by his passion of working with Veterans, the suicide population, and serving indigent communities with respect and worth."
During his time as an MSW student JJ has served as a Student Director at the BRIDGE (Building Relationships and Initiatives Dedicated to Gaining Equality) clinic at USF. JJ worked with Dr. Chris Simmons in the development of transitioning the Multi-Cultural America in a Global Society course to an online course. He was selected by Dr. Alison Salloum to work on the Trauma Informed Behavioral Parenting: Early Intervention for Child Welfare research study as part of an interdisciplinary team with Pediatrics. He has taken an active role to participate with the USF School of Psychology Suicide Prevention Program. JJ currently serves as the NASW - Tampa Bay Unit Student Representative. In this role he advocates for providing educational opportunities to help bridge social work students to the social work profession. JJ's strong work ethic, profound insight, and authentic presence have been a true asset to everyone from the clients he serves to his classmates to the faculty and staff. His positive impact goes beyond the classroom walls as evidenced by the following statement given by one of his professors, "JJ stands out to all of us as an individual who is making a difference in the social work profession through his client engagements, dedication to other social work students, volunteering within the community and offering endless compassion, support and needed resources to all".