Meghan Baker, who plans to complete her dual University of Houston J.D. and M.S.W. degrees in 2011, has been named Social Work Student of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Criteria for the award, which was established in 1997, include leadership; a commitment to social justice, the profession of social work and to clients; and integration of social work knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. Baker will be honored Oct. 9 at the organization’s annual conference at the Westin Galleria in Houston.
“Fighting social injustice has always been a central part of my life and of who I am,” Baker said. “I do this work because I love it and because I can’t image not doing it. Being recognized by this award is an added bonus.” Baker founded Impact Houston, an organization that addresses issues of equality for the GLBT population, as well as for the rights of marginalized communities. She also volunteers at several other organizations and currently serves as the Marvin D. Nathan Fellow at the Anti-Defamation League.