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Anissa Chitwanga

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Contact Information

1010 W Nevada Street, Urbana, 61801


Anissa Is a Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work,  and a Teaching Assistant for SOCW 300 ( Diversity: identities and Issues in Social Work)

Research Interests

I am interested in policy interventions that are geared towards women rights and alleviating poverty among women and young girls, poverty in general and international social work. 

Research Description

My research has focused on access to public benefits by minority groups and immigrants, simulation as a learning tool to promote social work ethics and values. I am currently working towards my thesis proposal which focuses on unhealthy sexual relationships between young women and older men known as The Blesser/Slay Queen Relationships. I am looking at the drive for these relationships which primarily includes but is not limited to poverty and the quest for materialistic social media lifestyles which leave young women vulnerable to violence and mental and physical health sequelae. 


BA in Arts Humanities from the University of Malawi; Chancellor College with a focus in English, Classics, and Psychology. 

MA in Social Work from Michigan State University with a focus in Organizational Leadership

Certification in Community Engagement from Michigan State University

Awards and Honors

Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Class of 2017

Courses Taught

Social Work 300

Additional Campus Affiliations

Current International Student Chair for DSWA

2019-2020: Media and Outreach Co-Chair for DSWA