Social Work: Supporting a long-term connection



Bev Koerin, Ph.D. (B.S.’69/SW; M.S.W.’74/SW), attended Westhampton College, now part of the University of Richmond, for two years, but because she was drawn to social work, she transferred to Richmond Professional Institute.

“I knew I wanted to go into this field that I wasn’t even really clear on,” she says.

Once established at RPI (which, along with the Medical College of Virginia, became Virginia Commonwealth University in 1968), Koerin thrived in her course work and her future career path became razor sharp.

“When I attended VCU, the programs were comprehensive and I had excellent instructors and outstanding field experiences,” she says. “As a first-generation college student with no family tradition of going to college, VCU afforded me a wealth of opportunities. I value that.”

Koerin earned her B.S. in Social Welfare from the VCU School of Social Work in 1969 and began working for the Richmond Department of Social Services, assisting low-income adults. She later enrolled part time into the VCU School of Social Work’s master’s program and earned her degree in 1974. She then joined the Virginia Department of Welfare, aiding families in need.

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