Oh, hello readers! I’m finally getting around to writing an introductory post, though I really don’t need to tell you this since you had no idea that I was even here! (After asking the staff at the Women’s Center if I could please please blog, because I have so much to say, I had one of those I’m-going-to-be-really-organized-so-I-don’t-forget-but-then-my-organizational-methods-made-me-forget moments regarding my intro post.)
My name is Heidi Ombisa, and I am the Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW), part of the College of Education + Human Development’s School of Social Work on the St. Paul campus. I manage CASCW’s Child Welfare Policy blog and am somewhat involved with CASCW’s Stability, Permanency, & Adoption blog. I am a mother of two little boys, ages 2 and slightly over 3.
I wanted to write for the Women’s Center because I have a lot to say, but some of the stuff I want to say does not fit the goals of either of the two blogs at CASCW. (On that note—everything I write here is MY OWN OPINION. Leave CASCW out of it; they’re innocent!) Speaking generally, my area of interest is in policy. (I know, probably sounds boring to many of you, but really, policy impacts everything in your life. I’ll try to make it interesting.)
More specifically, I am interested in child and family policy. For the purposes of this blog, I am writing about this policy area as it impacts women in any form of family. Being a mother of two children and having worked in the social work/education arenas for several years, I’ve experienced and seen enough to understand how these policies, particularly those that provide a form of financial assistance, play a very direct and influential role in the well-being of the family unit. I’ll try not to be so serious, but be warned: Sometimes I can’t help it. I am, after all, a macro-level MSW in child welfare.
I do have interest areas that are not policy-related, and you just might get to see those as well. Maybe.
Now for some interesting and fun facts about me!
(Credit needs to be given here: I like Taylor’s introductory post so I’m borrowing her ideas.)
How Twitter would describe me
Occupations: Macro social worker (unlic), mother. Progressive. Pro-equality. Child advocate. Loves coffee, cheese, sour cream, & True Blood.
How Facebook would describe me
Music: K’naan, East African, Talib Kweli, Hip-Hop, Pop
Books: Harry Potter, Catch-22, The Giver, The Hunger Games
Movies: Harry Potter, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Black Swan, City of God, Bridesmaids, Can’t Hardly Wait
Television: True Blood, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, The Daily Show, Raising Hope, How I Met Your Mother, PBS
Inspirational People: Leymah Gbowee (SOCIAL WORKER!), Terry Cross (of NICWA), Sec. of State Hilary Clinton, Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Rena Moran, Sen. John Marty, K’naan
A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members. —Gandhi
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. —Elie Wiesel
If the injustice…is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. —Henry David Thoreau
Thanks for reading!