Salem State alumna honored with social work award

Springer, Audette and Owen

At its March 29 annual chapter awards dinner, the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers presented Salem State alumna Kate Audette MSW with its Social Worker with Less than Five Years Post-degree Experience Award This award recognizes outstanding contributions of members who have been in practice for five years or less. Winners of this award are chosen based on the ways in which they demonstrate a positive public image of social work and on their contributions to the field (through community service, advocacy, practice, and education) that are above and beyond what is expected of someone with less than five year’s experience.

Audette, who graduated from Salem State University’s master’s degree program in social work in 2008, currently works as a policy analyst for Harbor Health Systems. Her win represents the third time in five years that a graduate of Salem State’s MSW program has won the award.

Audette is shown at the ceremony with director of the School of Social Work, Cheryl Springer, left, and Associate Professor Carol L. Owen, right. Owen nominated Audette for the award.