Meet our admissions team

The VCU School of Social Work's admissions team is here to assist you as you consider joining our B.S.W., M.S.W. or Ph.D. program. The team can discuss any questions you have about your personal situation, how your experiences and interests will fit with your desired program, career opportunities, and how to navigate the application process.

Meet some of our team:

LaKesha Bennett

Senior recruitment specialist
Prospective B.S.W. & M.S.W. students
(804) 828-0453

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Kiara Faulks

Senior recruitment specialist
Prospective B.S.W. & M.S.W. students
(804) 828-3612

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Leslie A.C. Aitken

Ph.D. Program coordinator
(804) 828-1044

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Student ambassadors

The School of Social Work student ambassadors serve as the school's advocates on the admissions team. Ambassadors can discuss any questions you have about the student experience, work-life balance, and even show you the hot spots on a tour. Connect with one of them today by emailing!

Miangle Brooks, B.S.W. student

My name is Miangel, and I am originally from Norfolk, Virginia. My favorite things to do are dancing, and hanging out with my friends in the park. I like being a social work student because there is a community at VCU, and there are so many clubs for social workers and people willing to help you. Whether it's with the coursework or finding a field you want to work in, there is always someone you can go to for help.

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Lindsay Cunningham, M.S.W. student

My name is Lindsay, and I am a first-year student in the M.S.W. Program. I received dual undergraduate degrees in psychology (concentration in addiction studies) and urban/regional planning from VCU. My career interests include criminal justice reform, harm reduction education and holistic treatment modalities. In my free time, I love to make art, spend time outside, and explore Richmond's many festivals and museums!

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Eva Ramirez, M.S.W. student

Hi, my name is Eva, and my preferred pronouns are she/her. I'm from Arlington, Virginia, but my parents are from El Salvador. I love Marvel and D.C, but I also love watching movies and shows, sleeping and going on adventures.

What I like about being an SSW student is field. I enjoyed my past field placement and am loving my current one. I love that we get not only the traditional learning aspect by having classes but also real-world experience with field placements.

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Angela-Marie Rone, B.S.W. student

My name is Angela-Marie, and I am a senior pursuing my undergraduate education toward a dual degree in social work and psychology. In addition, I am a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society at VCU.

My areas of interests include child welfare, mental health, legal and criminal justice, adolescent and youth empowerment, and trauma-informed care. My future goals include obtaining her M.S.W. and LCSW. In addition, I hope to work with youth transitioning out of the foster care system. During my personal time, I enjoy traveling, exploring different restaurants and places in Richmond, and attending events and concerts.

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Online M.S.W. enrollment advisors

The School of Social Work's admissions team also includes five enrollment advisors for our online M.S.W. Program who are employed by a company we partner with. They are:

John Ahn, M.S.W

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Priscilla Bock

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Rebekah Morris

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Sarah Norris

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Khadijah Zeigler

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