Leso Munala, AM '08

Leso MunalaLeso Munala, AM '08, was placed at The Enterprising Kitchen (TEK), which is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides workforce development and support services to women working toward self-sufficiency and economic independence. While in her field placement, Leso assisted in writing the Chicago Mayoral grant, which ultimately awarded TEK $250,000. The grant boosted the organization's operational budget, providing the opportunity to hire a job specialist to assist clients attain permanent employment.

"The field programs are more than just internships. SSA students constantly come up with innovative ideas on how to improve the day-to-day operations of Chicago human service organizations. The impact students have on these organizations can be seen in service delivery."

Leso is now pursuing a Doctorate degree in Public Health.

Alumni SPIF
Jeff Simms

Jeff Simms, AM '12

"I chose to study social work, and especially policy, because I believe working at that level is where one can truly affect some of the wider causes of poverty and homelessness."

Shirley Li

Shirley Li, AM '16

Li reflects on her SSA field experience, “I now realize that as a therapist, both the goal and how you approach that goal are very important.”