Master of Social Work (MSW) Student Named a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellow

CSWE announced MSW student Destiny Brown a fellow for the 2019-20 academic year.  The goal of the program is to increase the number of professionals trained to work with underrepresented and underserved racial/ethnic minority persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Brown is doing her practicum work through Fernhurst, a furlough program run through the YWCA. 

Brown graduated from Hawai'i Pacific University in May 2019 with her Bachelor’s in Social Work. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was the secretary for the Black Student Union and a member of the Social Work Club. She traveled with Planned Parenthood’s Generation Action to DC for an organizing training and convention. Currently, Brown is the president of the Social Work Student Association. In addition to her work on campus and within the college, Brown is also deeply involved in the greater Hawai'i community and sits on the board of Young Progressives Demanding Action as the Social Justice Action Committee Chair. 

She is also a spoken word artist who utilizes poetry for protest and has delivered a spoken word piece as oral testimony at the Hawaii State Legislature to advocate for unsecured bail. In her role as a spoken word artist, Brown has been fortunate enough to represent Hawai‘i three times nationally.