Meghan Baker, a j.d./m.s.w. dual degree student in the Law Center and Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston, has been named Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers’ Texas Chapter.
The award, established in 1997, honors a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in a social work program in Texas who has made an outstanding contribution to the goals and mission of the profession.
Baker founded Impact Houston, an organization she started to address issues of equality for the LGBT population, as well as for the rights of marginalized communities. She also volunteers with HATCH, a group for Houston-area LGBT youth, and serves as a volunteer guardian ad litem with Child Advocates.
“Fighting social injustice has always been a central part of my life and of who I am. I do this work because I love it and because I can’t imagine not doing it,” Baker said. “Being recognized by this award is an added bonus, for which I credit my supportive family, as well as faculty mentors at the UH Graduate College of Social Work and others in the community who have made me who I am today.”
Baker will be honored October 9 at the organization’s annual conference. —Nancy Ford