James Madison University

Soul of Social Work Award

The social work faculty select each year a student to receive the Soul of Social Work Award.  Selection is based on the criteria including demonstration of a passion for social work, compassion for those whom we serve, commitment to community service, commitment to empowering and enabling oneself and others, ability to get out of one’s comfort zone, and strong communication skills. 

2015 Award Recipient -   Rashema Jefferson

2014 Award Recipient -  Ha Tang

PHOTO: Ha Tang

Ha Tang graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Ha completed her Senior Field Practicum at Valley Associates for Independent Living, Inc. of Harrisonburg, VA (VAIL). There Ha assisted with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities grant, made information and referral calls, provided direct services to individuals with disabilities and attended meetings with Human Rights Committees and Rebuilding Together.


  • 2017 Award Recipient - Makayla Smith & Andrea Vennable
  • 2016 Award Recipient - Deanna Larion
  • 2015 Award Recipient - Rashema Jefferson