EWU McNair Scholar Terreca DeFehr Accepted to University of Houston’s Master of Social Work Program

Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Terreca DeFehr! Terreca has been accepted to the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work program. A nationally recognized MSW program offering six focused learning opportunities (Trauma Education Program, Global Leaders of Behavioral Health Education, Political Social Work, Abolitionist Social Work, Mental Health Advanced Practice in Social Work Program, and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance).

University of Houston’s MSW Program:

Prepares diverse leaders in practice and research to address complex challenges and achieve sustainable social, racial, economic, and political justice, locally and globally, through exceptional education, innovative research, and meaningful community engagement.

Terreca DeFehr will graduate from Eastern Washington University in 2024, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Industrial and Organizational psychology. She is a first-generation college student. Her summer 2023 research analyzed an existing data set, “Work-Family And Family-Work Conflict As A Function Of Role Commitment And Core Self-Evaluation” with Dr. Jill Seiver as her mentor. Her experience in navigating and reunifying with her family in the Child Welfare system Dependency court system has led her to work as a parent with lived expertise. She has been instrumental in the movement in Washington since 2007. Building on her current work with parents with lived Child Welfare experience, Terreca’s interest in Industrial-Organizational psychology and Organization leadership can provide valuable insights into effective management and leadership practices within the organization. We know Terreca will continue contribute to improve outcomes for parents and families involved in the Child Welfare system from increasingly impactful and system shifting spaces propelled by her demonstrated passion and commitment in her higher education pursuits. Any program will be lucky to have Terreca’s uniquely experiential and integrative foresight, effortlessly merging research with application.