Graduate Student Seeking Part-time Work
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Location: Chicago, IL, USA
School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Major: Master of Social Work

Graduate Student Seeking Part-time Work

Meghan Deckinga
Chicago, IL ------------ ------------

EDUCATION:

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Graduation date: May 2017

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Social Work
Expected graduation date: May 2020

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Refugee Foster Care Licensing Specialist May 2017-July 2019
Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids, MI
• Maintain frequent communication with foster parents including annual licensing visits, monthly contacts, and quarterly networking events among foster families.
• Participate in consistent monthly recruitment efforts through community events and personal outreach.
• Develop new tracking spreadsheets and checklists in order to increase efficiency when managing inquiries.
• Follow changes in immigration policies and attend information sessions regarding ways to better serve and assist clients.
• Educate foster families and community members about current needs of refugees and immigrants.

Case Management Intern August 2016-May 2017
Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids, MI
• Facilitate home visits with clients and foster parents as well as meet weekly with clients to assess progress.
• Enhance interpersonal and inter-professional skills through effective written and verbal communication.
• Research community resources for clients and sponsors such as mental health services, counseling, and medical resources.

Social Work Statistics Lab Assistant (SOWK 255) February – May 2016
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
• Assist professor with teaching and grading assignments.
• Provide guidance to students working with SPSS, a data analysis computer software.
• Demonstrate examples for how to generate tables and graphs while using data.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

• ESL Teacher, Roosevelt Park Ministries, January 2019-June 2019
• Tutor, New City Neighbors, August 2016-May 2017.
• Volunteer researcher, Family Futures, Spring 2016
• Teaching assistant, Unámonos: program in Peru for children with Down syndrome and autism, Fall 2015
• Service worker, service-learning trip to Grand Isle, Louisiana, March 2014
• Tutor, Cook Library Center, 2013-2015

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:

• Bilingual in Spanish and English
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and knowledgeable in data-processing computer software such as Qualtrics and SPSS

Social Work, Bilingual, Part-time