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Undergraduate Social Welfare Alliance & BSW Student Representatives

The Undergraduate Social Welfare Alliance (USWA) acts as a representing body of all students within the undergraduate program. We act as a voice for students and seek to establish an engaged community connected to our program and University. To be in touch with any of the officers, email: sbu@uswa@gmail.com

In addition to USWA, there are also BSW Student Representatives who are the voice for their classmates. They represent the BSW students at SSW committee meetings that are chaired by Faculty within the School. The committees and student representatives are listed down below (following the USWA Officer information).

Meet your USWA Officers for 2018-2019 


Amanda DeJesus - President


Hello! My name is Amanda De Jesus, I was elected President of the Undergraduate Social Welfare Alliance. I am currently a senior in the School of Social Welfare’s BSW program. I was born in Brazil and raised on Long Island. I got my start at Suffolk County Community College and am excited to finish at Stony Brook University. I have a beautiful 4 year old daughter and commute to school. I’ve always been very passionate about helping others and when I discovered the field of social work I fell in love. I enjoy keeping up with our ever-changing society and taking a lead in standing up for what I believe is right. This is why I am proud to be serving as President of USWA. I look forward to working with my fellow Stony Brook peers to experience an education outside of a classroom setting, to serve our communities, and to be a leader in promoting advocacy and social justice. I welcome and encourage everyone to reach out to me and my fellow USWA e-board members at sbu.uswa@gmail.com

imageKayla Rich - Vice President

Hey! My name is Kayla Rich and I am currently a senior in Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare. I was born in Yonkers, but have lived in Queens all my life. I went to school in Manhattan from pre-k until I was a senior in high school; therefore, Stony Brook’s environment has been a new and exciting change for me. I have an older brother and sister, but despite being the youngest, I have always had a desire to help people. Growing up, I knew I was going to be a lawyer, but discovered the field of social work in my sophomore year of high school. Now, my passion is working within the criminal justice system, specifically for youth. I am super excited to be your vice-president this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. You can You can reach me through USWA at sbu.uswa@gmail.com or email me directly at kayla.rich@stonybrook.edu.

Fatma Yilmaz - Co Vice President

Hello! My name is Fatma Yilma and I have been elected Co-vice President of USWA! I am a Junior in Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare. I was born in Turkey but have lived most of my life on Long Island. I got into the social work program for most of the same reasons we are all in this program- to give a helping hand to someone in need. I have always been interested in becoming apart of change. My areas of interest are mainly in foster care and advocating for children. I am super excited to start working with my fellow student leaders for future activities and advocate for my peers on any issues and concerns. For any questions please feel free to contact me at fatma.yilmaz@stonybrook.edu . Also please feel free to say hi to me in the hallways if you see me and email me with any ideas you may have for our program!

imageBrianna Galvin- Secretary

Hello, my name is Brianna Galvin and I have been elected as the Secretary of USWA. I am currently a senior in Stony Brook's BSW program. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing organization that allows all of us to capitalize on our understanding of the society around us. I am interested in macro-level interventions and am passionate about policy changes and writing. Hobbies of mine are singing, painting, and being outside. I look forward to serving the community and continuing my education as a healthcare professional. If you have any questions or need to reach me, please email me; brianna.galvin@stonybrook.edu
imageCristina Emery- Treasurer

Hello everyone! My name is Cristina Emery I am the treasurer of USWA. I am a senior in the School of Social Welfares BSW program. I am looking forward to working with my fellow student leaders to bring our peers together with social justice in the forefront of our efforts. My passions/interests include environmental sustainability, mental health advocacy, research, and policy writing. I am excited to collaborate, advocate, and engage others in our future activities to facilitate hope and change. Please, if you have any questions,concerns, or ideas reach out to sbu.uswa@gmail.com. 







Your BSW Student Representatives for 2018-2019:

Maggie O'Brien; Senator of the BSW Class

Catherine Dunne; Lauren Herrera; Rachel Torella; Senior Class Representatives 

Open Positions: Junior Class Representatives - to be elected (could this be YOU?)

Complete list to be announced soon!