MSW student Halimah McBryde receives CSWE Minority Fellowship

Halimah McBryde outside at South Campus.

Photo by Onion Studio

Published September 20, 2022


Congratulations to MSW student Halimah McBryde on receiving the Council for Social Work Education's (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program for the  2022-2023 academic year. 

McBryde said, "Being chosen as a recipient of the Council on Social Work Educations Minority Fellowship is a tremendous honor! As an African American Muslim, I have seen the effects that the lack of mental health providers for minorities has on the community. Through opportunities like this, my hope is to increase the representation for African Americans and Muslims in the social work community, as well as provide a safe, comfortable space for minority youth to have access to the mental health services they deserve. I am very excited for this opportunity and look forward to learning and growing as an individual and social worker."

CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) opportunities support the mission of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to reduce the affects of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by increasing the number of individuals trained to work with underrepresented and underserved racial/ethnic minority persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

The master’s MFP is a program designed to enhance the training of full-time, master’s-level social work students passionate about meeting the mental health needs of BIPOC communities, in their final year of study at a CSWE-accredited institution. Applicants must identify mental health and/or substance use disorder service delivery to racial/ethnic minority populations as their focus and be committed to seeking employment in mental health and/or substance use disorder services or prevention with the target population immediately after graduation, for at least 2 years.
The purpose of this program is to reduce health disparities and improve mental health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals available to serve racial/ethnic minority populations.