Daemen Social Work Student Recognized by Erie County Legislature
Aishah Rudolph Began as an Intern with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program in 2012
April 26, 2013
Contact: Mike Andrei
Aishah Rudolph, a senior social work major at Daemen College, has been recognized by the Erie County Legislature. Aishah, who will graduate in May, 2013 from Daemen, was honored as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer during April, Child Abuse Awareness month.
“Bringing about positive social change to the betterment of society are central to the social work profession. Those are also among the values which Daemen College was founded upon,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.
“Aishah exemplifies these ideals of the College and her profession. The College is extremely proud of her as she receives this well-earned honor.”
Aishah began as an intern with the CASA program of Erie County in September, 2012. She grew up in the system and was a foster child for 14 years before being adopted by her foster parents.
“She has brought to our work as child advocates, a personal experience that has inspired and motivated us to do all that we can for the abused and neglected children involved in Family Court,” said Jodi N. Johnson, CASA Director of the Mental Health Association of Erie County.
Johnson continued: “Aishah has completed the CASA training and is currently advocating for a one year old child. She continues to remind the Family Court Judge to remember this child when determining what will transpire in her parents’ neglect case.
“Aishah is truly an example of resiliency and can offer hope to children currently struggling with similar situations.”
Erie County Legislature Proclamation
RESOLVED, that the Erie County Legislature pause in its deliberations to commend a survivor of abuse and neglect, Aishah Rudolph – an intern with the Court Appointed Special Advocate program who will graduate from Daemen College with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work on May 18, 2013, for setting a positive, empowered example of conquering adversity, mentoring those in need and being the “one caring person” in the lives of others.
PICTURED (L-R): Tim Hoges, Betty Jean Grant, Tom Mazur, Ken Houseknecht,
Aishah Rudolph, Jodi Johnson, Lynn Marinelli