Rise at your own pace

Ashlee Haste working in the office.

Ashlee Haste ’22 is a post-traditional learner pursuing a degree in social work at Syracuse University Global.

Ashlee Haste ’22 is like a diamond: she thrives under pressure. It’s a trait that serves her well as a single mother of three with a full-time job. It also proves useful in enabling him to achieve his goals on his own terms as a David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics student pursuing a social work degree through Syracuse University Global’s flexible pathways.

Haste has a vision for her future and wants to open a center for homeless women coming out of incarceration, mental health facilities and addiction programs. “They deserve a second chance,” says the 35-year-old student. “Just because someone is homeless doesn’t make them less of a person. They may be suffering from mental illness, brought on by some type of trauma.

I’m a single parent and I work full time, so it’s hard to attend classes during the day. Syracuse University Global’s hybrid model allows me to earn a degree at my own pace.

—Ashlee Haste ’22

With a suite of diverse course offerings, flexible learning formats—online, in-person, and hybrid options—and comprehensive, student-focused academic support, Syracuse University Global helps students everywhere prepare for a career without putting their lives on hold. “Flexibility is a godsend,” says Haste, who during college logged 40-hour weeks at the Salvation Army in Syracuse; Iroquois Nursing Home; and Chadwick Residence, a transitional housing program for at-risk women. “I am a single mother and I work full time, so it is difficult to attend classes during the day. Syracuse University Global’s hybrid model allows me to earn a degree at my own pace.

Ashlee Haste learns at home.

Haste uses her global background at Syracuse University to open a center for homeless women coming out of incarceration, mental health facilities and addiction programs.

A passion for service

Haste was a teenager when her family moved from South Carolina to central New York, where her grandmother and great-grandmother had worked as a pediatric nurse and special education teacher, respectively. It was while accompanying his mother – Chandice Haste-Jackson ’96, G’13, who teaches human development and family sciences at Falk College – to campus that Haste recognized the importance of serving others, no matter how disadvantaged. -they.

Ashlee Haste works with her children at home.

A single mom who works full time, Haste credits Syracuse University Global for helping her achieve her own goals on her own terms.

“My mother is my idol. She taught me by example that if someone needs help, you give it to them,” says Haste, who graduated from Onondaga Community College (OCC) in 2011 with a diploma A new articulation agreement between the OCC and the University allowed him to smoothly transition to Syracuse to work on a bachelor’s degree.

Everything went according to plan until, well, life happened. Divorce. Diseases. Financial problems. “I took time off from school to take care of myself and be there for my kids,” Haste recalled. “It was the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Haste-Jackson agrees, noting college has been a long and winding road for her daughter, who also underwent back-to-back surgeries in 2016, forcing her out of work for eight months. “It is from these challenges that his passion for personal service was born. She is doing great things for humanity.

Ashlee Haste on her home computer.

Haste’s curriculum combines part-time hybrid learning options with peer-reviewed fieldwork. “Flexibility is a boon,” she says of Syracuse University Global.

Help people help themselves

Today, Haste combines part-time hybrid learning options with peer-reviewed fieldwork in its social work program. “The course is relevant to the work I have done and continue to do in my career,” she says, noting recent offerings in social policy and services as well as human behavior in the social environment. . “There is a lot of emphasis on hands-on research and practice.”

Haste also values ​​Syracuse University Global’s support systems, from one-on-one counseling to student-centered services, which have helped her overcome barriers to success. She is particularly proud of her own professional network, which includes Chanel Beard-Frias ’14, a mentor and former classmate who is a local psychotherapist.

The course is relevant to the work I have done and continue to do in my career. The emphasis is on practical research and practice.

—Ashlee Haste ’22

Beard-Frias points to Haste’s philosophy of helping people help themselves, which seems to permeate everything she does, including her current placement at Vincent House, an urban neighborhood center run by Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment interventions because many of my clients struggle with intergenerational trauma and poverty,” concludes Haste, who hopes to earn a master’s degree in social work, the terminal practice degree. of the domain. “Syracuse University Global makes me a better student and a better person.”

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