Alumni Spotlight: Jeremy W. Irvin '13
Mental Health Clinician
Idaho Department of Corrections
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in human sexuality studies?
From a young age, I had a strong desire to help disenfranchised sexual and gender minority populations receive the best mental health services available. I knew that to do the best by my future clients, I needed to be trained by leaders in the field of human sexuality who could help me on my way to becoming the best social worker that I could be. I found this and more at Widener University.
what made you choose widener?
I chose Widener after attending one of the careers in human sexuality conferences. Walking into that space for the first time, I was greeted by both faculty and students who took me under their wing and answered all my questions. The acceptance and encouragement that I received that day from everyone at the conference helped me decide that Widener was the place I wanted to be for graduate school.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
Be prepared to be challenged and grow as a person every single day! Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, I believe that it is impossible for someone to go through this program without growing as a person in all aspects of their life. Not only will the content discussed in class require you to expand your mind to explore the many new content areas that you may have not previously been exposed to, but you will also grow from the wonderful insight that is gained from the diverse perspectives presented by your fellow cohort.
what do you like most about your current position?
I have the opportunity to help advocate for and provide the best services to sexual and gender minority populations that have historically been marginalized in prison systems around the United States. On a daily basis, I have the opportunity to work with transgender individuals who are in the process of transitioning in prison, gay and bisexual males who are coming to terms with their sexual orientation, and minor-attracted individuals who are working toward developing skills that will help them reintegrate successfully back into society.