On Thursday, October 7, Ferrum College senior Grace Howell presented during the 2021 virtual session of Virginia Social Work Education Consortium’s (VSWEC) Student Rally in the Valley conference. Howell’s presentation focused on the intersecting barriers that women of various sexual orientations face in terms of sexual abuse and violence.
“The conference shed a lot of light on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of social work,” said Howell. “I think my research contributed well to the theme of the day. I am glad I had this opportunity!”
Held each fall, Rally in the Valley brings together students within Virginia’s accredited college and university social work programs to focus on current issues. Students choose the theme of the conference, its speakers, and activities. This fall’s partnership is between Ferrum College, George Mason University, and Radford University.
“Grace is an exceptional student and well-respected by her peers,” said Professor of Social Work Martha Haley-Bowling. “She is an excellent presentation choice for Rally in the Valley.”
Howell is from Keysville, VA. She is majoring in social work and currently interns with Child Trust in Roanoke, VA. She also serves as captain of Ferrum’s equestrian team and is the vice president of programming for Delta Phi Epsilon.
Learn more about Ferrum College’s social work program here.
Learn more about the Virginia chapter of the National Association for Social Workers here.