V. Clare (Chiesa) Morris, MSW ’09, has worked for over 15 years in the social service field with a focus on at-risk youth and marginalized populations. In 2007, combining her passion for cooperative learning, social service and technology, she partnered with childhood friend, Santana Kenner, to begin the work of iGotITtoo in an effort to bridge the gaps in digital inequality in New York City. In 2010, iGotITtoo received a grant from Google, Inc. to further services that were currently being provided by volunteers. iGotITtoo offers programming focused on building community and access to and knowledge through already present technology resources by engaging volunteers to share their skills with underserved communities in New York City. By providing services that increase participant’s viability and focus on the strengths of individuals; iGotITtoo continues to build community through technology.
Sarah Tarshis, MSW ’09, is a social worker with many years of experience in the health and human service sector. Committed to the work of social justice, working with immigrant and refugee populations, Sarah is dedicated to field of human rights, specifically to the cause of women’s empowerment and anti-poverty initiatives. Sarah is the Senior Economic Empowerment Specialist at Sanctuary for Families, the largest domestic violence agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving and sheltering domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Over the last 2 years, she has participated in a unique initiative which is committed to “engineering” living wage workforce development solutions tailored to the needs of some of New York City's most vulnerable residents: domestic violence victims who in so many cases are mothers with children who reside in city-wide shelters. As someone who is on the front lines of this important initiative - she is working toward merging clinical and counseling practices with workforce development programming centered on job and career readiness, IT skills training, literacy upgrading, GED facilitation, and ESOL instruction. Sarah was a founding member and organizer of RISE, a grassroots collective of social workers and activists in NYC who organize community based social justice conferences, events and trainings. Sarah also serves as Co-Chair for the Domestic Violence Economic Justice (DVEJ) Task Force Workforce Development Working Group committed to finding creative solutions and effective responses that help survivors of domestic violence make the transition from welfare to work.