Eui Jin Jung, MSW

Bio: Eui Jin Jung is a PhD Student at the School of Social Welfare. She holds an MA in Social Welfare from Seoul National University in Korea and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from Handong Global University. After her master's degree, she worked as a trainee at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and as a research assistant at the Korean Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training. Her research interests rest primarily with understanding poverty, specifically approaches to conceptualizing and measuring poverty as a multidimensional/quality of life issue, as well as poverty among the elderly, and asset- building as a retirement preparation strategy. 

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Ashley Palmer, MSW

Bio: Ashley is currently a PhD student in the School of Social Welfare. She holds MSW and BSW degrees from Washburn University. After her master’s degree, Ashley worked as a Resource Family Social Worker where she trained, licensed, and supported foster parents as they cared for and advocated for children. Additionally, she provided in-home therapy to children within the foster care system. Eventually, Ashley moved into a coordinator role where she collaborated with community mental health centers across Kansas and developed a program that served children and adolescents on the Home and Community Based Services Serious Emotional Disturbance Waiver. Her research interests include policy and practice issues related to supporting vulnerable young people (i.e., those lacking material and/or emotional supports) as they transition into adulthood. This includes preventing homelessness, and in particular, a focus on access to safe and affordable housing located near opportunities for employment and education.

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Stacia West, MSW
1545 Lilac Lane, Room 306
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone (865) 300-2577

Bio: Stacia West is currently a PhD Student at the School of Social Welfare. She holds an MSSW and a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies and Philosophy from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. After completing her Master’s degree, Stacia worked as the Assistant Director of KnoxHMIS—a community based research endeavor that helped promote interagency collaboration and track the prevalence of homelessness in Knoxville, TN. Her current research focuses on investigating the relationship between financial fragility and housing instability among single mothers, the outcomes of emergency savings programs for very low income groups, and the financial behaviors of low to moderate income young adults. 

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Chelsea Bailey
1415 Jayhawk Blvd. Rm 716
Lawrence, KS 66045

Bio: Chelsea Bailey was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Elmira College. Her research focused on American beliefs and attitudes toward climate change and their effects on both global and local inequalities. Specifically, she considers the perspectives on climate change of groups whose livelihoods are potentially affected by the problem, how they came to their understandings, and how they respond to/reconcile with the possible environmental threat. She has overarching interests in Social Inequality and Qualitative Methods.

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Today’s student loan system is in place because of a political compromise, and growing discontent with student debt may signal that this arrangement has run its course. While there are resources and organizations in place to help those struggling with debt, the time has come to consider a new direction for financial aid, William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis argue in “Student Debt: A Reference Handbook.”

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