The Department of Social Work at the
University of Memphis Announces:
WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV FIND HOPE IN SOCIAL WORK EVENT
More than thirty women living with HIV in the Memphis area were joined by fifteen
community agencies and 25 social work student volunteers for the Second Annual Women’s
Empowerment Forum held on December 4, 2014 at the Urban Child Institute. The women
participated in a full-day educational and healing-oriented event where they received
information and encouragement to be proactive in their self-care. This event was planned
and implemented by a committee of volunteers, chaired by Dr. Lennon-Dearing, and supported
through donations from community organizations and agencies.
Special appreciation goes to Frannie Harper, MSW ’15, for her creativity and community
connections that made this event a success.
Thanks to the student volunteers from Dr. Lennon-Dearing’s SWRK 3904 Practice II class
for their willingness to volunteer their time and enthusiasm.
Congratulations to Sarah Dill, MSW ’15, on being voted the most helpful social worker!
Congratulations to Hope House on receiving the award for most helpful agency!!
Social workers show that they care by their actions. The volunteers involved in the
Second Annual Women’s Empowerment Forum also clearly demonstrated the social work
ethical principles of service to others, the dignity and worth of the person, and
“I want to thank you so much for allowing me to take part in the Women's Empowerment
Forum. I volunteered to be a help and a blessing to others, but this experience blessed
me. This experience touched my heart and allowed me another opportunity to realize
that social work is my calling.” Patty Belle, BASW ‘15