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The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) is committed to motivating, educating and communicating with student chapters of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. (NABSW) and their advisors. OSA guides students in creating and maintaining successful student chapters that are socially responsible and reflective of the mission of the NABSW. OSA provides leadership, support and direction relevant to student needs, challenges, programs, retention of student chapters and members, and fundraising. The mission of OSA is to provide a forum for NABSW student members to learn, identify with other African Americans servings as advocates, and protect and affect positive change in the Black Community.




OSA President

Jessica James currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She is an active member of Southern University of New Orleans Chapter of NABSW. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Morgan State University. She is currently a 1st year Master’s of Social Work Candidate with a concentration in Children and Family Services. After graduation Jessica plans on enrolling in a Doctoral Public Policy program, and opening her own Life Coach Behavioral Modification Business.


OSA 1st Vice President

1st Vice President Latoshia Johnson currently resides in Little Rock, AR and is an active member of NABSW Central Arkansas- Little Rock Chapter. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a second-year doctoral student pursuing a Doctorate of Social Work with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Walden University. After graduation Latoshia plans to expand her private practice and to start a nonprofit, both focusing on enhancing the quality of mental health services within African American communities throughout Arkansas.


OSA 2nd Vice President


2nd Vice President Nakeisha Marie Avie Kyle (born December 30, 1975) is a student at Southern University at New Orleans. Nakeisha a senior in the BW program. Nakeisha is a veteran of the United States Army. She served her country for seven years. Nakeisha obtained an AA in America Sign Language at Delgado Community College. Nakeisha Kyle has been a long time activist for education. Nakeisha is the current Secretary of NOABSW-Student Chapter.


OSA Secretary


Secretary Klaudia A. Rogers is from East Chicago, Indiana. She currently attends Indiana State University, where she serves as the Public Relations Chair to that chapter. She is pursuing a career in social work. Her concentration is in Child welfare and social justice. After graduation she intends on practicing Macro level policy change, and becoming a motivational speaker for youth. She intends on inspiring them to figure out a plan for success and chase after their dreams.



OSA Treasurer


LaTaisha Bridges is a proud native of New Orleans, LA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern University at New Orleans School of Social Work. LaTaisha serves as Vice President of her NABSW student chapter. She is pursuing her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Integrated Behavioral Health. LaTaisha aspires to manage a Residential facility for disabled veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  (PTSD).



OSA Parliamentarian 

Parliamentarian Lakisha Monique Johnson is a proud native of Queens, NY. She is a graduate from Indiana State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and Addictions at Indiana State University in its Advanced Standing program. Lakisha is a member of the Central Indiana Chapter of NABSW, who currently sits on the Board of Directors as Student Representative/Member-at-Large. With aspirations of continuing her education as a future doctoral student, Lakisha is passionate about helping and mentoring underrepresented students in higher education through teaching and advising, as well as being an advocate for social justice through policy change with a focus in higher education and government. Lakisha wants to combine her love of writing and social work to be a published author to inspire others to reach a higher level of greatness.



OSA Advisor


A long standing member of NABSW since 1976 and Simmons College School of Social Work’s 1st full professor of African descent, Dr. Hamilton-Mason coordinated medical services for all children affected by lead poisoning in the city of Boston. She taught as a full time faculty member at Salem State University and Boston University, earned her PhD from Smith College with a dissertation on Transactional Learning and Double-Consciousness, and has peer-reviewed articles in top tier journals, describing the results of her research on workplace stress and coping for Black women, and community capacity in post-Katrina New Orleans.  


OSA Advisor


Ms. Glenda Duru is a native of Nigeria that was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Ms. Duru has been a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers since 2010. Ms. Duru received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Prairie View in 2010, masters of Social Work in 2012 from University of Houston.  Ms. Duru received her Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May 2016. Ms. Duru has a vast experience in program development, assessment, research, grant writing, and leadership. Ms. Duru has been an honorable Albert Schweitzer Fellow For Life since 2010.  Ms. Duru has severed in several roles as member of NABSW that include: Communication Co-Chair; Membership Committee Member; Officer of Student Affairs President, 1st Vice President, and Treasurer. Ms Duru is a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society, Women of Law, TMSL Law Journal, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 




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