Who We Are
The Steve Hicks School prepares students for careers as professional social workers committed to public service in nonprofits, government, education, business, and higher education. Our mission is to provide national leadership to promote social and economic justice, alleviate critical social problems, and enhance human well-being.
What We’re Fundraising For
Black Mamas ATX is a collaborative organization situated in the Steve Hicks School. Their mission is to ensure that Black women survive and thrive before, during, and after childbirth. Even though Black women make up 12% of mothers who give birth in Texas, they account for 30% of deaths from pregnancy-related complications. Black Mamas seeks to address these health inequities through a strengths-based, empowerment-focused approach that centers on Black women’s voices and addresses their individual needs and experiences.
In response to COVID-19, we’ve been hard at work helping our students adapt and adjust to the challenges of online learning, and keeping up with their education while also dealing with job loss, caring for family, and trying to stay healthy and safe. Your gift to our Student Food Pantry or Student Emergency Fund will ensure that we can continue to help students get access to groceries, cover expenses while unsure of job status, and work towards their degree with a little less financial worry.
Black Mamas ATX: Since 2018, Black Mamas has served over 130 Black mothers, providing doula care, support groups, and most recently, meals and milk to clients in need. With your help, they can begin expanding their reach to help mothers in medically underserved communities across Texas, increase mental health services, and ultimately eliminate maternal mortality among Black mothers in Central Texas.
Student Emergency Fund: Thanks to the Student Emergency Fund, we were able to help 4 students return home to the United States from field placements around the world; provide rent relief for students who had suddenly been laid off; and assist students in getting out of unsafe home situations. As the pandemic stretches on, the needs of our students will only increase, and your support will ensure we can continue to see them through.
Food Pantry: In a survey last fall, 48% of students said they experienced food insecurity each semester, with 24% saying it was a monthly occurrence. However, only 13% of students said they used the food pantry. Many cited the lack of need while on campus, as most foods in the pantry were meant for immediate consumption. Not only has the number of students in need increased since the pandemic hit, but the availability of products has been more challenging for them, with nearly 100% looking for access to fresh produce and 76% looking for shelf-stable items.
“I really appreciate the food pantry! Not only has it really helped me out in some tough times, I think it’s also added significantly to building a community in the school.”