Published on February 24th, 2023 | by University Communications


Join in celebrating Influential Women of Social Work on March 6

Saint Leo’s second Influential Women of Social Work event will celebrate not only the work of women in the field, but also focus on how social work professionals are advocating for change to make sure individuals have access to adequate food, housing, and health care.

This year’s event will be held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, at the Wellness Center at University Campus, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574, as well as online via Zoom.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Undergraduate Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Nature Coast Chapter and will recognize and honor members of the public and the university community who have positively influenced people in need during the past year.

During International Women’s Month, this event will celebrate and recognize trailblazers, but also will champion opportunities to encourage other women to join this helping profession.

Additionally, March is National Social Work Month. This year’s national theme is Social Work Breaks Barriers.

“The Influential Women of Social Work event is important to social work and the BSW [Bachelor of Social Work] Program because it gives those in the field a chance to come together and celebrate each other,” said Vanessa Navarro, a Saint Leo BSW student. Navarro is the BSW student representative for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)–Florida Chapter. “Social work is often misunderstood, and this event shines a light on the opportunities and ways women have broken barriers in the community.”

Thanks to the generosity of The Renew Group and its president, Dr. Leven “Chuck” Wilson, four scholarships will be awarded during the March 6 event to Saint Leo University students pursuing Bachelor of Social Work degrees. Read more about the legacy of social workers Wilson is creating at Saint Leo here.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jessica Garlock, a social worker with more than 25 years of experience in the field. Garlock says she loves her profession, but she also is impatient with it at times when it has not seemed to reflect the needs of the communities that often depend on social workers to create change.

To attend the March 9 Influential Women of Social Work event, register here.

Wellness Center at University Campus: 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574. Boxed lunches will be available.

Contact Elizabeth Castro, assistant director of the Center for Adult Learning at University Campus, at, (352) 588-7312, or (813) 226-2779.


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