Why I Give

Ramon GomezAs a kid, whether volunteering at church or giving time at school functions, it was always ingrained in me that it was important to give back. A responsibility. In my job, I hear prospective graduate students talk about the daunting amount of debt they have accrued and yet still are willing to take on more knowing that a graduate degree will give them more opportunities. I feel pretty fortunate that people invested in me, and while I don’t give thousands of dollars, every little bit goes a long way to ensuring the success of someone else. One of the things I enjoy participating in is the Honor a Social Worker campaign. You get to tell someone “You’re doing a great job as a social worker” and at the same time you are still helping students.  A win-win. — Ramón Gómez, MSSW ‘01, Director of Student and Community Affairs, School of Social Work, UT Austin



Kia WattsFirst, it is a way of giving back to a school that provided me the opportunity to attain a degree in a profession that I love and has since empowered me to continue in my pursuit of helping our nation’s growing aging population, many of whom are veterans. Second, as a minority student, I appreciate the active role UT has taken to be inclusive of those who are often the first generation in their family to attend college.  For this, the LONGHORNS will forever have my support.  “To whom much is given, much is expected” (Luke 12:48) — Kia Watts, MSSW ‘10, Case Manager, Housing Urban Development Veteran Administration Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH)




Mary MulvaneyThe easy answer is that I love the School of Social Work and I feel that it has given me so much over the last 40 years. I remember how important scholarships were to me as a student, and want to help current social work students get the best experiences they can. It is gratifying to know that even small donations can make a difference for our students and for our school. — Mary K. Mulvaney, MSSW ‘80, Clinical Professor, School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin




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