In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers--alums, faculty, staff, and others--whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Bella Cunningham is a senior BSSW student who has already shown a committment to the goal of Grand Challenge #10, Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality, by choosing to work in India for a semester with an organization serving the needs of young orphaned children.
She explored study in a different culture last semester in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She studied at Christ University in the Social Work/Sociology/Anthropology course. Her field placement was with the organization BOSCO, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working with the young orphaned boys below age 12 in the city. The paramount concern of the NGO is the growing phenomenon of street and working children in all major cities in India. The alarming pace of urbanization and the proportionately weakening fabric of social structure and policies are forcing a large number of such children into cities every day.
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