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IP Pathway Panel: What Might I Be Missing Out On? Saying Yes to Unanticipated Opportunities


In the passion we have about our professional goals, there may be times when we miss out on unanticipated opportunities and new directions that we may never have considered. A panel of UM SSW graduates will provide tips to help MSW students seize new and unexpected opportunities and develop practice and employment readiness NOW.

This panel will share:

  • Their career pathways and how it evolved in both expected and unexpected ways
  • Tips on being open to and taking advantage of new opportunities and new directions
  • Advice on navigating your education and field practicum opportunities to best prepare for practice and employment


LaKeidra Bronner, LMSW (MSW 2017) was a Detroit Clinical Scholar and is currently a K-8 School Social Worker for Detroit Public Schools Community District and a field instructor for the HRSA scholarship program. LaKeidra's interests include transitional age youth, sexual health and supporting access to mental health services. 

Jason Riley, LMSW (MSW 2017) was a Detroit Clinical Scholar and served in leadership for the Association of Black Social Work Students while at the SSW. He is currently employed at Assured Family Services as an Integrated Community Based Services Coordinator, working with adjudicated youth to link families with community mental health services and resources to promote successful outcomes reducing recidivism. Jason has been an alumni speaker for multiple engagements addressing power and oppression at predominately white institutions. 

Laurin Tuxbury-Elliott, LMSW (MSW 2012) has primarily worked with adolescents in a variety of settings, both at the macro level advocacy and clinical services. In addition to psychotherapy with youth, Laurin’s clinical specialties include LGBTQ+ populations including letters and support for gender transition measures, anxiety treatment, serving those who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault, and complex attachment.

Ashley Weigl, LLMSW (MSW-MPH 2009) is Associate Director of MHealthy, the University of Michigan’s Health and Well-being program for faculty and staff. In her role, Ashley oversees population-based programming aimed at improving health for all using a social determinants of health approach. Ashley is passionate about creating thriving work environments, achieving health equity, and viewing health education through a social justice lens.

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