Please join us in congratulating Shurene Premo, SDSU School of Social Work undergraduate student, for being awarded the NASW Native American Birdwoman Scholarship. This tremendous honor is awarded to Native undergraduate students in their final year as well as masters level students who are committed to a career in social work.
Shurene is also the proud recipient of the highly competitive Cobell Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. Shurene is from the Great Basin Territory in Northern Nevada, representing the Tosa Wihi (White Knife) clan, and comes from the Shoshone Paiute Nation.
She will be a senior next year majoring in Social Work at SDSU with a minor in American Indian Studies. Shurene is diligently pursuing her BASW and excelling in both her classes and personal commitment to helping others. She attends school full time, maintains a job on campus in the Student Abilities Success Center, and is working with an American Indian Studies professor to learn her Native language. She has also made the Dean’s list for Spring and Fall 2017.
Shurene is committed to attaining her degree in order to return to her people and work as a social worker. Shurene’s specific interest is in working in child and family services assisting families who have entered the child welfare system. She has spent the last four summers working directly with Tribal Family Services and County Child Welfare on ICWA cases as well as in direct service of families impacted by addiction in her Native American Community.
When asked about receiving this award, she replied “I am grateful to NASW for supporting me on my college journey. I am a strong, resilient, determined Newe-Numa Wa’ippe, (Shoshone-Paiute Woman). I am doing this for myself, my culture and my people. This is the Seventh Generation and I am following what my father always told me, to stay on the Red Road to keep balanced spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.”
We know Shurene will be an amazing contributor to the field of social work and celebrate her unyielding commitment to her education, personal growth and service in Indigenous communities.
by Tamara Strohauer, MSW, ASW
SERVE: Indigenous Social Workers for Change