Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 undergraduate and graduate students from the UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. The Husky 100 actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. Through their passion, leadership and commitment, these students inspire all of us to shape our own Husky Experience.
B.A. Criminal Justice
Year awarded 2023
From a young age, I wanted to help others in the community. I am from a marginated community that had minimal resources. I wanted to be a person that could help bridge that gap. During my sophomore year volunteered at a learning center and got a chance to see what families have to endure with little to no help. I started Cars4giving to provide vehicles for low-income families in Thurston County. I also am an advocate for giving people the tools so they can do better. With my UWT degree, I am now a Crisis Case Manager with Family Education and Support Service assisting families in Thurston County.
We are thrilled to announce that students from our school have been often recognized in the Husky 100. Here are our students recognized over the last few years.
2022 Husky 100 Awardee
Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare
2021 Husky 100 Awardee
Master of Social Work
2020 Husky 100 Awardee
Master of Social Work
SSWCJ Students appointed to Jane's Fellowship Program
Christina Qiao, MSW student
Christina (they/them) has been working to serve individuals experiencing homelessness since 2019 after receiving their bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in nonprofit management. An advocate of equity, autonomy, and human dignity and rights, they are passionate about the ability to come as a collective with unconditional positive regard to moving towards social justice.
The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) has announced its Class 10 cohort of Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP), an initiative that supports grassroots and community-centered leaders in Pierce County who are making an impact on diverse issues in their communities. The leadership program’s Class 10 runs from January 2023 to December 2023. During this time, the cohort will explore a wide range of topics selected to help them deepen their networks, address systematic inequities, increase their knowledge of Pierce County issues and more.
We are thrilled to congratulate two of our students for being selected: MSW student Christina Qiao and BASW student Maira Mariscal!
Maira Mariscal, BASW student
For the last 5 years Maira (she/her) has been a dedicated advocate for survivors of domestic violence, as well as individuals facing housing insecurity. She is now using the knowledge and experience gained in the workforce to pivot her focus towards education by attending UW’s School of Social Work to further expand on her long-term career goals. Maira is pursuing her License in Clinical Social Work so that she can create more equitable healing spaces for BIPOC survivors of domestic violence.
SSWCJ 2022 Dressel Scholarship recipients
The University of Washington Tacoma Dressel Scholars Program recognizes and rewards exceptional scholarly achievement, community engagement, and leadership potential for any student enrolled at UW Tacoma. The Dressel Scholars Program was created to honor the legacy of Melanie Jan LaPlant Dressel by creating a robust scholarship and mentorship program that affords our students the opportunities to develop their leadership skills and community connections while giving them the financial freedom to fully participate in their UW Tacoma experience.
Congratulations to our two recipients in the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice for this prestigious scholarship!
Elisia Sanchez is a senior majoring in Social Welfare. She is very passionate about human rights and has spent the last year serving with AmeriCorps at Community Youth Services working with vulnerable youth. She also served at an elementary school and transitioned to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Washington. She currently works with Safe Streets at Prairie Ridge Community Coalition providing resources to youth. Additionally, she has created a successful donation drive for the houseless community in Olympia and has started many clubs. In the future, she hopes to start her own non-profit and continue to work with the underrepresented community, helping share the voice that many have lost.
Manuela Schneider comes from over three generations of agricultural workers in Germany and Thailand. She is a first-generation college student in her senior year at UW Tacoma, majoring in Social Welfare. In 2013, she moved to Washington State from Germany with her daughter and remained undocumented for over six years before meeting her husband and settling roots in Tacoma. After giving birth to her 2nd daughter in 2018, she went back to school through the Tacoma REACH Center to complete her GED in eight weeks. The following season she enrolled at Pierce College, where she developed new skills as a student-leader and graduated with her Associate Degree in Social Service & Mental Health in 2021. Through this journey, she developed a passion for community advocacy, especially supporting other immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers because she understands the struggles of navigating the U.S. system as an English language learner. In the next five years, Manuela plans to gain experience in the Public/Private Sector, complete her Master's in Business Administration, and hopes to start her own organization that serves her community by advancing social equity and economic development.
2022-23 First Generation SSWCJ Students
UW Tacoma takes pride in serving students who are the first in the family to attend college. Here are two SSWCJ students who were selected to represent UW Tacoma as First Generation students in 2022-23.
First Generation student, Criminal Justice Program
“There may be days where you feel like you can’t do it anymore but just think of why you are doing it in the first place. You might not hear it enough, but your family, friends and community are proud of you and how far you’ve come! Don’t lose hope and always remember ‘Sí Se Puede!’”
First Generation student, Social Welfare Program
“Completing my education to do something I’m passionate about will show future generations that through adversity comes strength and opportunity. Speak up for yourself and for what you believe in. You are worth it and you will accomplish big things if YOU believe it!”
Andre Henderson, Governor's Student Civic Leadership Award
Andre Henderson is the recipient of the 2022 Governor's Student Civic Leadership Award. In this video, he recaps his experience as a formerly-incarcerated student and his journey to becoming a student leader.
Students in the news
Teetering on the brink, Navy veteran Andre Henderson recalled his mother’s words urging higher education, and took a path that turned his life around.