BSW Student Wins “Program of the Year Award” at University of Illinois Annual Women’s Awards Ceremony

BSW Student, Amanda Hwu, founded the Prison Justice Project in the Spring of 2013. Her vision was to create a student organization that brings awareness to social justice issues pertaining to incarceration. The project grew to have an executive board of 6 members and was accepted to become a student organization member in the University YMCA. Over 12 events were hosted, bringing speakers from Louisiana to Uganda to the Illinois campus.

Outside of the Prison Justice Project, Amanda is a crisis caller for a local hotline, hotline advocate for the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, TA for STAT 100, and a research assistant for the School of Social Work. She plans to pursue an MSW and ultimately hopes to become a community organizer for a grassroots non-profit organization that addresses issues surrounding juvenile justice reform.

This award was presented on May 1st, at the 2014 University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center Annual Women’s Awards Ceremony, on campus.