Michelle Tsang, MSW/JD, Class of 2017

Distinguished Graduate Student, 2016-17

Springfield College School of Social Work

Michelle Tsang, an outstanding student and scholar who completed the School of Social Work dual-degree program, is the 2016-17 Distinguished Graduate Student.

In the dual-degree program, which is a collaboration between the Springfield College School of Social Work and Western New England University School of Law, Tsang attained a 4.0 GPA in the School of Social Work and a 3.0 at the law school.

Both schools recognized her with a number of honors, including receiving a graduate fellowship at the School of Social Work 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 
is president, and is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild at the law school.  

She is an excellent writer and communicator. In a social welfare class, she completed an exceptional review 
of the Fair Chance Act in New York state, which is an act that seeks to provide opportunities to formerly incarcerated individuals.  

Her social work internships have reflected 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 program.

Tsang has a passion—both intellectually and from a practical standpoint—for representing and advocating on behalf of people who have been marginalized and disenfranchised. She hopes to become a public defender soon. This quest for social justice has been, and will continue to be, a lifelong pursuit.

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