30 in 30 Presents: Ronisha Edwards (Week 16)

 

Ronisha Edwards 30in30

Ronisha Edwards

Education
BA, Sociology and Criminology, Law and Justice, UIC, 2015
MSW, Boise State University, Expected 2018

Current work
Ronisha hasn’t stopped for a moment since graduating from UIC in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work while working as a Case Manager at Metropolitan Family Services (MFS). Prior to her work at MFS, Ronisha was a clinical coordinator for sickle cell patients at UIC hospital, a job she was offered after several years volunteering there as an undergraduate. The job was near and dear to her, as Ronisha not only supports the sickle cell community, she lives with the disease as well.

Ronisha’s time at UIC Sociology
Ms. Edwards began as a biology major, but soon decided to follow her passion for sociology and never looked back. She said that her time at UIC opened her eyes to social stratification, oppression of women, the workings of capitalism and many other challenges of society. Sociology taught Ronisha about power, and that it doesn’t just come from money. She has chosen to use her power to impact the world by counseling youth and supporting minority communities. Her degree helps her to understand why people do what they do, and how groups are impacted by their position in broader society when working with these communities.

An award-winning student
Ronisha was also the winner of the Patrick Juris Award while at UIC Sociology, which is awarded each year to a graduating senior who has achieved academic excellence and been of service to the community.

Advice for students of UIC Sociology
Do what you love and never be ashamed of who you are!

Future plans
There is no pause ahead for Ronisha. She intends to publish the research she did while working at UIC hospital with sickle cell patients in the near future. After completing her Master’s in Social Work, Ronisha also eventually plans to get a Master’s in Public Policy, to prepare her to serve in Congress one day. In addition to her busy work and school life, she is also preparing for her wedding in the coming year. Congratulations Ronisha!

Interviewed by Stephanie Munoz

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