Social Work Professor to be Awarded Discere Aude Award for Outstanding Mentorship

Social Work Professor Awarded Discere Aude Award for Outstanding Mentorship

On Jan. 15, School of Social Work Professor Debra Rhodes was awarded the Discere Aude Award for her outstanding mentoring of students.

The Discere Aude Award is an annual award given to faculty and staff who are nominated by high-achieving undergraduate students. Discere Aude is UNCW’s unique motto, created by William Randall Madison, the next-to-last president of Wilmington College. It means “Dare to learn” and “In order to discover the truth firsthand, be courageous!”

Rhodes said she was influenced by one of her early supervisors who provided her with the guidance she needed to excel in the field of social work. Since then, Rhodes has felt a calling to pay it forward.

“I feel, if future social workers know that they can have an amazing and fulfilling career in social work and are guided to live that passion through their work, I can inspire them to mentor their clients and others they meet along the way,” she said.

Rhodes went on to say that she was very touched by the nomination and honored to receive the award.

“As someone who has been in social work practice for over 20 years, I try very hard to bring my experiences to the classroom and inspire my students to think big and believe in their passion,” she said. “I feel this award shows I have been able to do that and touch the professional careers of my students.”

The award was presented to Rhodes by Provost Marilyn Sheerer at the Bell Clock Tower Lounge.