Ayan Yousuf is a SSWLHC WA Chapter Scholarship Recipient for the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to embarking her career in clinical social work, Ayan mainly worked in educational settings, such as serving as an AmeriCorps Member at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. She is in her second year in the MSW Day program at University of Washington (Seattle). Prior to graduate school, Ayan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Policy, Planning, and Social Services from University of California, Davis. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ayan considered moving to Washington because she was attracted to the program’s caliber in medical social work and integrated mental health care.
Ayan completed her first practicum at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation where she gained invaluable experience with geriatric populations and individuals affected by chronic illness. Currently, Ayan is placed at Kaiser Primary Care Clinic in Burien where she will be interning with their on-site integrated mental health specialist/LICSW. After graduation, Ayan hopes to use her newfound clinical social work skills to serve historically medically underserved populations, particularly immigrants, refugees, and communities of color. Outside of her studies, Ayan enjoys reading books, taking nature walks, exploring yoga, and spending quality time with family and loved ones.
Madison Foucht-Osborne: I am meant to have a career working with people; it’s an aspect of myself that I’ve known from growing up in a multicultural and diverse household. My parents are both Seattle Firefighters and I grew up listening to their stories about racism, sexism and how they dealt with the otherness of a multifaced oppression. As a multicultural woman, I have my own stories to tell about the hatred I have experienced in my own life and how I want to provide a safe environment as an Inpatient Medical Social Worker.
I received my bachelors in Community Psychology at the University of Washington - Bothell. Currently, I am a graduate student working towards my MSW at Eastern Washington University; interning at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. In my spare time, you can find me watching one of the many shows I love or preparing for my next half marathon. After I graduate, I will be moving back to the Seattle area and hoping to continue my education as I work in a local hospital.