MARISSA THOMAS

For the past two years, I have been employed with Community Services Group. Working at a mental health inpatient facility, I see various personalities. These individuals are capable of so much, yet struggle to believe in themselves due to societal views. Many of them have experienced discrimination when it comes to employment. For this research study, I wanted to do something that I am passionate about. Individuals with disabilities are a population that I truly enjoy working with. As a social worker, I will be advocating for all people who are mistreated and devalued. More knowledge and shared experiences can help with preventing stigma in work settings. With this experience, I’ve gained an in depth understanding of the purpose behind advocating for underrepresented populations. This opportunity has allowed me to serve as a change agent in my community. I will be graduating in May of 2019 and will be starting an Master Social Work program this summer. I am eager to further my education and enhance my professional development. Advocating for underrepresent populations is what I will continue to do.