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March 6, 2019. Tejal Kanabar, a second year MSW student at the School of Social Work has been selected as a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellow. The goal of the fellowship program is to increase the number of individuals trained to work with underrepresented and underserved racial and ethnic groups with mental health or substance abuse disorders.
She is one of only 41 students in the nation selected for the fellowship. Kanabar plans to focus her social work training on promoting pathways to social support and employment for prisoners preparing to re-enter the community.
The award is valued at $6,500 and is disbursed over a one-year period. Kanabar will also travel to meet with other Fellows at the CSWE headquarters in Virginia.
“Through this fellowship, I have been provided a pathway to help marginalized populations through becoming a competent social worker”, she said. Kanabar currently works at Aura Behavioral Health where she is honing her skills in mental health practice.
“My goal is to live in Spain to do international social work and learn Spanish. The focus will be to work with substance use disorders because it is something I have seen firsthand”, Kanabar added.
As a CSWE Minority Fellow, Kanabar will join a diverse group of MSW students preparing for social work careers specializing in reducing the effects of substance abuse and mental illness in underserved communities.
“We are proud that students like Tejal are committing to practice in the rapidly changing landscape of behavioral health,” said James Herbert Williams, Director of the School of Social Work. “I am thrilled that Tejal chose ASU to complete her social work education.”