While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two days for getting deals, #GivingTuesday is a day for giving back. This international giving movement always takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a reminder that there is more to the season than material things.
Today, November 28, we encourage you to #GiveScarlet and participate in our Students Supporting Students crowdfunding campaign, which alleviates the burden of debt for our students by providing scholarships. Our campaign is not about the amount of money we can raise, but the volume of community support we can spark around this pressing issue. Below, please enjoy this feature on Constantia Burt Dixon, Students Supporting Students scholarship recipient, and MSW Class of 2018.
By Asiya Fricke '18
Constantia Dixon '18 does it all and makes it look easy. Dixon is in her second year of the Masters in Social Work program with a management and policy concentration. She is a mom of three, and her children range from 18 months to 17 years old. When she is not taking care of her family, Dixon dedicates her time to academics, attending classes on both the Rutgers Camden and New Brunswick campuses.
What drew you to the field of social work?
In all of the jobs I've had, I've worked with kids who have mental and behavior health deficits. I often get frustrated because of systematic and institutional issues that hinder their well-being. After I graduate, I want to be able to influence change in some way for these children. As a black woman, I've also seen first-hand how the system is biased.
What is your dream job?
I'm in a class called Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation and the class is focused on teaching us how to turn our passions into something is both financially beneficial and can effect positive change. I want to have my own business or program for at-risk kids to end the school-to-prison pipeline. I want to create a for-profit corporation to mentor kids and teach them life skills so that they can be successful and create their own businesses in the future.
How has the Students Supporting Students scholarship helped you?
The scholarship helps me to pay my bills and take care of my family so I can focus on being a student and achieving my dreams. I'm very grateful for it. I hope that the people who donated know how appreciative I am of the whole experience. Being able to go to the award ceremony in 2016 and meet Dean Potter was really special and it felt good to be a part of it.
Do you have a personal motto that you live by?
Worry about what you can control and let go of the things you can't.