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Hilary Stim

Ph.D. candidate


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M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A., St. John's College
B.A., St. John's College

Hilary Stim’s professional interests focus on increasing access to effective and sustainable support for youth, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between refugee youth and public schools.

Stim is a doctoral candidate who holds an M.S.W. with a clinical focus from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also holds an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, New Mexico, and a B.A. in Western Classics from St. John’s College, Maryland.

Prior to entering the M.S.W. program, Stim was a member of a multidisciplinary student support team at St. John’s College, New Mexico. This experience motivated her to direct her professional focus to school-based prevention programs for youth in marginalized and oppressed communities. Stim has gained experience within the Richmond Public School system providing support for at-risk youth through collaborative prevention planning, assessments, student advocacy and direct care. She has also engaged with youth locally as a therapeutic mentor and assisted in the development and implementation of a trauma-informed, psycho-educational program for local refugee communities. 

She was also the director of programs for Asian Family Support Services, an agency that provides support to Asian and immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Presently, Ms. Stim lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she provides programmatic support for youth-focused programs across New Mexico in her current position at Children, Youth & Families Department.