Her personal story and Erikson preparation help her connect with families as a social worker

“There isn’t any other graduate social work program like this. Erikson takes working with families very seriously. They don’t just let anyone out in the field. They want you to be as prepared as possible. You’re impacting people’s lives, and Erikson understands that.”

After working for a youth program in some of Chicago’s most ethnically and socio-economically diverse communities, Tracy Vega knew she wanted to work with children and families, but she felt like she lacked the skills and knowledge to make a greater impact.

She was drawn to Erikson’s Master of Social Work program because of the unique way its social work curriculum is infused with a deep understanding of child development and quickly learned that enrolling was the right decision for her.

The coursework and field work were intense, but she found a community of faculty, staff, and other students who supported one another through the entire experience. During her two years in the program, she gained an understanding about how early experiences impact a person later in life, which deepened her desire to work with young children.

Today, Vega is a child welfare social worker at Marin County Children and Family Services in California. She takes pride in working with families, including those who have an immigration story similar to her own, and connecting them with services that improve their lives.

“Being able to share similar stories is a benefit,” she says. “Not only am I able to provide services in Spanish, which is a high need, families also feel they can trust me. I can give them a space to open up.”