Caroline Ini Ross, an MSW student who will be graduating later this month, was bestowed the Chancellor’s Leadership Award at the 4th Annual Chancellor’s Student Leadership Gala on May 8, 2019. She is the first social work student to be given this award and is part of the first cohort of graduate students to receive awards from the Chancellor.
This award is given to a graduating student who exemplifies excellence and truly embodies a commitment to leadership and involvement on campus and/or in the community. The graduate demonstrates that they have served in multiple campus leadership positions throughout their academic journey, having left a positive and lasting impression on the community through initiating, leading, or supporting projects of activism or advocacy for social justice, inclusion, and diversity in unique and innovative ways.
Ross is a student in the Advanced Standing MSW Program on the Management & Policy track with an emphasis in social policy. “I loved Rutgers so much during my undergraduate studies that I had to stick around and finish up my academic career here,” she explains. “On the graduate level, I refined my love and interest in leadership development and criminal justice reform.”
Upon graduation, Ross will begin working as Community Initiatives Coordinator at the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. In her new role, she will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of outreach programs, specifically Girl Scouts Beyond Bars – a special program that serves girls whose mothers are incarcerated.