Alumni Spotlight: Latoya B. Brooks-Myers '10
MSW, Widener University
Assistant Professor of Social Work
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in human sexuality studies?
I wanted to work with individuals and communities to explore the complex issues associated with sexuality from a holistic approach. I also wanted to pursue a career in academia. As a result of my academic work at Widener, I have had a successful career as a clinician and in the academy. I have worked as an assistant professor of social work at the University of Mississippi. I'm currently an assistant professor of social work at Bennett College, a historically black college for women.
who was your favorite professor at widener? why?
I have several: Dr. Richard Cooper, Dr. Don Dyson, Dr. Tom Young, and Dr. Betsy Crane. Each professor empowered me to be a leader. They encouraged me to explore the social environment to create change. They were supportive and challenged me to be a better clinician, advocate, scholar, role model, and human being.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your graduate program?
I would tell prospective students to be passionate about the field of sexuality studies. I would advise them to consider the dual degree program, as it gives more options to become a well-rounded professional who is licensable.
what do you like most about your current position?
What I enjoy most about being in the academy is my ability to mentor and guide future clinicians and scholars. I enjoy challenging students to think critically about sexuality and the social environment to create change. I like engaging in scholarship to remain current in my respective fields.