Different shades of blue

After two years of graduate school at Duke, I’ve moved over to UNC-CH.  Of course, there are a lot of differences between the schools, but I’m not going to go there.  Too much rivalry to risk that.  Instead, I want to speak to the amount of practical application I’ve found while at the School of Social Work.  While most of the previous program I was enrolled in at Duke was theoretical and heady–and I loved it–the time came to see how I could think differently.   So far, my classes have given me the space to articulate what education I’ll need and how I could gain the practical skill set to do the sort of work I desired to do: facilitation, program development, organizing and strategic change.  I had the theology to inspire and help me persist, but now I’m developing the abilities to work effectively and competently within communities and organizations.

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About Matt Ballard

I'm in my final year of the advanced-standing, MSW/MDiv dual degree program. As a student, my interests are for organizing (faith) communities around sustainable development through program implementation and policy advocacy. Although born and raised in the suburbs of Charlotte, my hobbies revolve around agro-ecology and banjo-pickin'.
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