Social work graduate invests in herself and others

By: Charis Lawson
May 12, 2022

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Jane De Hitta. (Marlayna Demond '11/UMBC)

Jane De Hitta

Degree: B.A., Social Work (minor: psychology)
Hometown: Catonsville, MD
Plans: Master’s of social work

“Being older than most students, I didn’t know if I’d have a place, but becoming part of UMBC’s Returning Women Student Scholars program gave me that community that I really wanted.”

Jane De Hitta ‘22 was initially drawn to UMBC by its strong academic reputation and she quickly fell in love with the university. As a social work major who had long worked with adults with disabilities, she wanted to invest in the lives and stories of those around her. But when faced with a cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy, she knew she needed a break to focus on herself. She also knew UMBC would be there to welcome her back when she was ready.

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Jane De Hitta (top row, second from left) with Women’s Center staff. (Image courtesy of De Hitta)

That welcome came in the form of an email about a scholarship administered by UMBC’s Women’s Center to support adult learners returning to complete their degrees. De Hitta not only received the scholarship, but also became a social work intern in the Women’s Center, where she could support other returning students on their journey.

She looks forward to a research, policy, and advocacy career focused on helping others navigate challenging systems to reach their goals.

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