MSW/JD, Class of 2017, Distinguished Graduate Student, 2016-17 Springfield College School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences
Michelle Tsang, an outstanding student and scholar who completed the School of Social Work dual-degree program, was the 2016-17 Distinguished Social Work Graduate Student.
The dual-degree program is a collaboration between the Springfield College School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Western New England University School of Law. Tsang attained a 4.0 GPA in the School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences and a 3.0 at the Law School.
Both schools recognized her wirth a number of honors, including receiving a graduate fellowship at the School fo Social Work and Behavioarl Sciences and being designated a Public Interest Scholar at the Law School.
Tsang is a member of several bar associations, including the Public Interest Bar Association, of which she was president. At the time of her graduation, she was also an active member of the National Lawyers Guild.
An excellent writer, Tsang completed an exceptional review for an assignment at the School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences of the Fair Chance Act in New York state, which is an act that seeks to provide opportunities to formerly incarcerated invididuals.
Her social work internships reflect her interests in youth, young adults, and social justice. She first interned at the Educational Collaborative in Northampton, a program for youth who are not thriving in traditional educational settings. Next, Tsang further developed her counseling skills at the Hampden County Sheriff's Department's After Incarceration Support Services.
Tsang has an abiding and sustaining passion—both intellectually and from a practical standpoint—for representing and advocating on behalf of the people who have been marginalized and disenfranchised. This quest for social justice has been, and will continue to be, a lifelong pursuit.