Posted September 23, 2011
Three Master of Social Work students who graduated in May of 2011, Lee Malvin, Kristianna Hall, and Robert Jones received a national award from the Influencing State Policy (ISP) committee of the Council on Social Work Education. Each year ISP gives an award to one graduate student group and one undergraduate student group for their work on policy change at the state level.
Malvin, Hall, and Jones were recognized for their efforts to defeat a bill in the Legislature last spring which would have denied Medicaid (MaineCare) benefits to people who smoked. Lee, Krista and Bobby documented how this was discriminatory and Lee gave testimony in Augusta. The prize was $500 and only one is given nationally.
The three are pictured at right preparing to march at the May 2011 Commencement.