Sociology/Criminal Justice Students Client's Choice at AACS Conference
Virginia Wesleyan’s Sociology/Criminal Justice student team won the "Client's Choice Award" in the Client Problem Solving Competition (CPSC) at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, October 4-8. The student team included Claude Clarke III '18, Grace Crawford '18, Brenna Gonzales '18 and Allison Heitsman '18. Kathy Stolley, Professor of Sociology, and Takeyra Collins, Instructor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Collins, co-advised the team. Teams compete for only two awards: The Judge's Award (based on a static rubric) and the Client's Choice Award. The Client's Choice Award is selected by the client as having developed and presented the best solution, customized to the organization's problem and needs. The client for this year’s competition was Circle Health Services, and their problem was how to provide health care on a limited budget that would attract young patients. The VWU team’s solution applied a Youth Ambassador Program model with the goals of: fostering and developing community outreach activities, educating the public, bridging interpersonal relationships between professionals and patients, and developing and advancing community health partnerships. This is the third consecutive year that VWU has brought home this client-selected award.