USMH Student Spotlight: Tyesha Clark

Tyesha Clark, Salisbury University Social Work Student at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown

Meet Tyesha Clark
Salisbury University, B.S. Social Work, Class of 2024

Tyesha Clark's journey is deeply rooted in her passion for making a positive impact on the lives of others. Her experiences at Sheppard Pratt have played a pivotal role in shaping her decision to pursue a degree in social work. The exposure to mental health challenges, clinical experience, interdisciplinary collaboration, and understanding of systemic issues at Sheppard Pratt has provided her with valuable insights into the field of social work.

Currently working at Sheppard Pratt with Washington County Mobile Crisis, Tyesha is actively involved in addressing mental health issues within the community. Her decision to work in the mental health field stems from a combination of personal experiences, a desire for social justice, diverse career opportunities, and job stability that social work offers.

Tyesha's commitment to macro social work is evident in her plans following graduation. She aims to impact change at the highest levels, possibly venturing into legislation. Her internship with Delegate Brooke Grossman has given her a unique opportunity to engage in legislative processes, community outreach, and advocacy, aligning with her passion for social work.

Delegate Brooke Grossman, Chief Mission Officer of Horizon Goodwill and member of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) Board of Advisors shared, “As someone who works in Human Services when I am not serving in the general assembly, I know firsthand how vital it is to engage in this legislative process to advocate for the individuals we serve. I applaud USMH and Salisbury for thinking outside of the box when it comes to social work student internships.  Tyesha’s contributions to my office have been plentiful.  She has aided in legislative research and constituent services and represented the office at the Achieving True Self ribbon cutting in the district. We cannot wait to have her return when she is in her master's program”

Anticipating graduation in May 2024, Tyesha plans to begin her Master of Social Work (MSW) in the summer, furthering her education and expanding her knowledge in the field. Her ultimate goal is to become a legislative social worker, combining her social work background with legislative knowledge to shape policies that promote social justice and address the complex needs of communities.

Tyesha chose to attend University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) because of its convenience and flexibility, allowing her to pursue a hybrid option and complete her degree effectively.

In her personal life, Tyesha is guided by a strong faith in God, acknowledging His role in her successes and opportunities. She remains dedicated to removing the stigma associated with mental health services in the African American community and engages in various self-care activities. Beyond her professional endeavors, Tyesha values spending time with family, staying physically active, traveling, and nurturing her spiritual beliefs.

Tyesha Clark's journey is a compelling narrative of ambition, compassion, and dedication to making a meaningful impact on individuals and communities, both professionally and personally.