In a time where much of the country is feeling divided, Students for Social Work (SFSW) leaders met to make a plan to encourage others. They wanted everyone who walked in to Baker Hall to feel encouraged, supported and unified.
The Encouragement Wall was made during one of their leader meetings. They each placed quotes and notes of inspiration and support on the wall. Throughout the next few weeks, the wall became peppered with more encouragement from students in the building. SFSW hopes that the Encouragement Wall will help build a sense of positivity and community among all in the building.
SFSW hopes to do more to promote self-care and positive change for social work students. Next year they will be hosting a career panel with local social workers and holding workshops on mindfulness and self-care.
Kenny Wirth, Students for Social Work Co-Leader and BASW Junior, picked a favorite Winston Churchill quote. “He’s inspiring. He led a nation through some of the darkest times and found strength to keep going. This quote helps me to remember to keep going.”
Claire Plagens, Students for Social Work Co-Leader and BASW Junior, was reminded of a quote during her work at a local child welfare agency. “It can be hard to acknowledge and share our whole truth, but it is really important to hold space for it, even the parts that hurt.”
“It is so important to remember proper self-care in our field. We all need to be reminded that rough patches are normal and that everyone is struggling with something. We are all okay!” This quote is a favorite motivator of Caylin Rathburn-Smith, BASW Junior and SFSW Co-Leader.
MSW student Janelle Moulding shared this photo via Instagram showing how the Encouragement Wall helped her during a rough week.