Welcome Dr. Sherinah Saasa to the BYU School of Social Work!
This fall semester, we are excited to welcome Dr. Sherinah Saasa to the BYU School of Social Work faculty. Dr. Saasa is a self-proclaimed “social worker through and through” with a sure belief in the innate potential of each person, and a passion for helping them overcome whatever obstacles they may face to get there. From her gathered experiences of growing up in Zambia, Southern Africa, to pursuing an education in the United States, she encompasses a broad cultural understanding that has driven her research to center on international child welfare and African immigrant wellbeing in the United States. Dr. Saasa knew from a young age that her career would be of great importance in allowing her to make a meaningful impact on those who could benefit from her help, and has said of her choice to pursue social work as a career, “I noticed early on that there were people that were disadvantaged and vulnerable in the world and wanted to play a part in improving the lives of those in need”. That being said, she has naturally continued to push herself not only as a professional, but as a student.
After receiving her Bachelors of Social Work from BYU-Idaho, Sherinah attained her Master’s Degree from BYU, and her PhD from the University of Georgia. Her post-education career has largely focused on clinical work in mental health as an LCSW and community outreach in Zambia; however Dr. Saasa is humbled and joyous to return to her alma mater and teach future generations of social workers to do what she loves the most.
Dr. Saasa encourages her students to be proactive in their education, and has offered as advice to participants of the MSW program: “You are the master of your own learning, make the most of your experience in grad school, take advantage of the supports available to you, and most of all, enjoy the journey.” Upon meeting Dr. Saasa, it is clear to see that these are not merely words on a page, but truly the way she has gone about crafting her own life. Personally, she is married and has three wonderful children, and professionally, she is ready to create an innovative and inspiring learning environment. She is an amazing addition to the BYU School of Social Work and we are so happy to have her. Welcome to the BYU family Dr. Saasa!