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Alumni, please continue to communicate with us to let us know how you are doing. Reach out to us if you have ideas for collaboration. Your continued participation in the School of Social Work community is important and vital to our continued success. 

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Joise Garzon

Joise Garzon '87

Joise Garzon '12, M.S.W. '13 has experienced the transformational power that mental health support and access to postsecondary education can have on people’s lives and is passionate about increasing access to both. She is the director of Learning for Life (L4L) at Rhode Island College. L4L helps retain students by providing them with case management services to overcome obstacles they encounter in their lives while working towards their academic goals. In this role, Joise provides leadership to a team of social work interns, graduate students, and staff to ensure unity around guiding principles for student-centered practice. Prior to L4L, Joise worked as an independently licensed clinical social worker at Stevens Treatment Programs and the Inner You Counseling Center. There, she provided trauma-informed care to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples of diverse backgrounds and needs. Joise received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rhode Island College and gives back to RIC by serving as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work and through her involvement in the School of Social Work Diversity Task Force. She is also currently in the RIC/URI Ph.D. in education program and is in the process of opening her private practice, Courageous Hearts Counseling Center, which will serve the Latinx/a/o community in Rhode Island.  


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