UNC Wilmington MSW student receives 2017 NASW-NC Presidents' Award
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
(RALEIGH, NC) – The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) has named James “McKay” Glasgow as the recipient of the 2017 NASW-NC Presidents’ Award for Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate student for the 2016-2017 academic year. McKay Glasgow is an outstanding graduate student at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW).
Mr. Glasgow exhibits a dedication to the social work profession through his community involvement, proven leadership and academic achievement. The NASW-NC Presidents’ Award honors Mr. Glasgow’s exceptional leadership ability and professional potential.
Mr. Glasgow began his career with a state health program that connected migrant farm workers with health resources where he was an outreach coordinator. He wrote grants, provided supervision and acted as an interpreter for his clients who were experiencing poverty, marginalization and persecution.
He continued to serve his community as a bilingual gang outreach program coordinator where he facilitated a task force that included police, lawyers, government workers and social service groups to keep children from joining gangs.
This experience encouraged Mr. Glasgow to pursue his Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to become a licensed clinical social worker. UNCW MSW Coordinator Dr. Peter Nguyen stated that Mr. Glasgow “has both the intellectual and emotional hallmarks of a great social worker and a leader.”
During his graduate career, Mr. Glasgow has acted as the NASW-NC Student Liaison for UNCW and served as a board member for the NC Farmworker Health Program. He has demonstrated his leadership aptitude through growing the UNCW Peace Corps Prep Program, which provides undergraduates with relevant experience to enhance their ability to serve in the Peace Corps upon graduation. Mr. Glasgow has also facilitated and presented research internationally on the effectiveness of meditation in alleviating symptoms of depression.
Mr. Glasgow will be honored at the 2017 NASW-NC Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.
The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) is a membership organization that promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW-NC also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through its work and advocacy.