Dena DeFazio 2011

Women and Gender Studies, Psychology

Dena earned her Master of Social Work from SUNY Buffalo (2014) and was licensed to practice in New York State in May 2015. She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor at Albany Law School. Before beginning law school, Dena worked as a social worker providing clinical counseling services and supervised visitation to families with children in foster care. This experience inspired Dena’s current endeavor into the field of law. She hopes to use a blended career of law and social work to further the rights of children and families, as well as other disenfranchised and underrepresented groups.

Additional Work and Activities

  • Albany Law School LGBT Pro Bono Project
  • Albany Law School Prisoner’s Rights Pro Bono Project
  • Albany Law School Women’s Rugby, Lady Misdemeanors
  • Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, Rockefeller Chapter, Albany, NY
  • Clinical Visitation Worker, Syracuse, NY
  • Graduate Assistant, NYS Office of Mental Health; Children, Youth, and Families Mental Health
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project; Buffalo, NY
  • Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, Epsilon Mu Chapter, Brockport, NY
  • Presentations
  • Scholars Day Presenter; Push by Sapphire: Gender, Race, and Class; The College at Brockport, 2011
  • Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding Student of the Year Award Nominee, SUNY Buffalo, 2014
  • UB Student Employee of the Year Nominee, SUNY Buffalo, 2014
  • Triota Women and Gender Studies Honors Society, The College at Brockport, 2011
My experience as a WMS student gave me a framework for viewing the world that has affected every aspect of my life. WMS classes, such as Gender, Race, and Class, exposed me to, and encouraged me to analyze, diverse experiences and ways of thinking, providing me with a more informed and unique basis for my work, studies, and life. My experiences in the program have been the foundation of my passion for advocacy.Dena DeFazio

Last Updated 5/7/19

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