Associate Professor of Social Work Lisa Borchardt (‘92) beams whenever she gets a phone call from a service agency asking for a Nebraska Wesleyan student volunteer. “That speaks highly of the quality and excellence of our students,” she said.
It also says something about Borchardt, who was recently named the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Southeastern Region Social Worker of the Year. The annual award recognizes people who contribute significantly to human services; increase the public knowledge of social work, social issues and programs; and demonstrate exceptional leadership.
“Lisa Borchardt is an example of a social worker putting her professional values to work in the community, in the classroom, and in making sure that field placements are successful,” her nominator said.
Borchardt now serves as the Social Work Program director. The award recognized her previous work as the program’s field director, where she helped students find practicum experience at area service agencies. She has 17 years of experience as a counselor, case manager, women’s advocate, training coordinator and field director at several Lincoln agencies. Those connections help her link NWU students to the right opportunities for practical experience.