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Sam Langstein, MSW '20

I Want to Change How Communities Cope with Mental Health Issues

Lessons from the Jewish community apply to other communities in need. I have spoken with Christian and Muslim students about mental illness, and I have participated in interfaith coalitions. The most important work right now is preparing clergy and educators to support those with mental illness. Clergy are so often on the front lines of mental health care and we need to partner with them to provide care and resources.

Why I'm Here

I chose the U-M School of Social Work because of the Jewish Communal Leadership Program. I spoke to Professor Karla Goldman, and I was incredibly impressed by her knowledge and her approach to the Jewish community. U-M also offered unique opportunities for internships and special classes.


Nancy and James Grosfeld Fund

Impact of the Scholarship

I would not be here if not for the Nancy and James Grosfeld Scholarship. I can devote myself to the learning I want to do, and when I graduate, I can take a job that will have an impact, even if it is not high paying.

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