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Peilla Ishimwe '21

Where Passion Meets Purpose and Profession

Social work major Peilla Ishimwe ‘21 shares how she has shaped her classroom, research, and now internship experiences to focus on something she is passionate about: working with immigrant and refugee communities.

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From Classroom to Community

What are our ethical responsibilities toward people who migrate? How does immigration affect a sense of identity—as individuals, as communities, as nationals? To explore these complex questions, students in a January Term Paideia 450 course made a classroom of regional communities.

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'Buried Above Ground'

An Iraq War veteran, a survivor of domestic abuse and an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina share their stories of survival and shine a light on what it's like living with and recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the documentary "Buried Above Ground." The screening and discussion of the film is 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 102, on the Luther campus.

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Savannah Hartman, Luther College senior, at her summer internship with the Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging.

Luther senior Hartman hosted sessions on financial exploitation of the elderly through internship

Savannah Hartman, Luther College senior, worked for the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging in Waterloo, Iowa, for her summer internship. Specifically, she worked in the Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention program. The daughter of Jeff and Jen Hartman of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Hartman graduated from Cedar Falls High School. She plans to graduate from Luther in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in social work.

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Halina Pyzdrowski

Luther senior Pyzdrowski selected to research flood resilience during summer

Over the course of the last 10 years, Decorah and other communities across northeastern Iowa have experienced multiple floods characterized as 100-year floods. As the effects of climate change intensify, events like these are only expected to increase. Halina Pyzdrowski, Luther College senior of Minnetonka, Minnesota, is researching flood resilience in the Upper Iowa Watershed for her summer research project at the college.

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2017 Social Work Seniors

Iowa Rep. Mark Smith Calls for Social Workers to Stand Up

Iowa representative Mark Smith gave the keynote talk of the Don Kemp Memorial Lecture, titled “Social Workers Stand Up” on May 2. His talk focused on the history of social work and how social workers can use the past to inspire their work in the future.

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Sheldon Smith

Sheldon Smith ('16) Connects His Love for Sports with Social Work

Social Work Major Sheldon Smith ('16) loved being part of the wrestling team at Luther, even working summers at Luther's wrestling camps for middle and high school students. It was his involvement in camps like these that made Smith decide to pursue a career working with teenagers.

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