Social Work Student Excels on Campus and in the Community
As the only child of a single mother, Shirnetta J. Alexander felt a specific passion for helping women. Wanting to make her mother and late grandmother proud, she decided to major in social work and excel in all areas of her undergraduate experience at Shaw University.
As a student in the Social Work program, Alexander serves as the student representative for the Social Work Advisory Board, secretary for the Shaw University Student Social Work Association and is a member of Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society. She has used her social work knowledge to volunteer at several agencies, including Habitat for Humanity, LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina, Urban Ministries of Durham, Autumn Care of Nash County, Pine Hills Assisted Living Center of Raleigh and Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Currently, Alexander is a Field Placement Intern at Hope Services, LLC, and has also completed internships with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Human Services Maternity Care Coordinators of Wake County.
In addition, Alexander remains active on campus. In the fall of 2012, she was crowned Miss Shaw University. During her coronation, she chose the theme “Dancing for a Cause” to raise awareness about breast cancer while honoring her late grandmother’s battle with the disease. With this event, she raised over $500 and donated the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Alexander has also served as a girls’ resident advisor and is currently the president of the Beta Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
After graduation, Alexander plans to obtain her Masters of Social Work degree and become an outpatient therapist for adolescent girls. She believes that the social work program at Shaw has provided a solid foundation in social work theories, knowledge, ethics and values that will equip her with the necessary skills to achieve a successful career in the field.