Felix - Social Work


School of Social Work

Why did you choose your major?

Growing up in rural Kenya, I didn’t understand the value of social work, but I saw individuals, families and communities in need of empowerment. When I realized the power and impact of social work with the vulnerable population, I decided that was what I wanted to do.

In Kenya I’m working with friends to make sure young rural girls are getting an opportunity to stay in school. We are empowering them to become future leaders and role models while breaking the traditional norm that dictates girls prepare to become housewives and take care of their husbands. We are seeing an increase in the number of girls enrolled in school. We believe that every girl deserves a chance to become successful in life by making her own choices.

What do you love about UMKC?

I love the diversity of the school and the resources available to help one excel as a student and a person.

The way the faculty supported me as an international student encouraged me not just to feel like a student but part of the program. There were times when I felt lost until I started asking questions, but when I did, I asked 1,000 questions and got 1,002 answers from faculty.