Educated Woman of the Week- Sandra Hollins

State House Representative of District 23, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

B.S. Business Management, Master’s of Social Work, University of Phoenix

I received my bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in social work. I am also a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute. As a profession, I work as a licensed clinical social worker. The primary focus of my career has been on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population.

In January 1, 2015, I was elected to the Utah House of Representatives where I proudly serve District 23. I am a member of the Social Services Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and Child Welfare oversight panel.

Briefly tell us about your life outside of School/Work:

My husband, David and I currently reside in Fair Park. I am a member of Greater Salt Lake Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and have served on numerous boards such as the University of Utah Neighbor Partnership Board, the Fair Park Community Council, and the Salt Lake City Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Board.

What was the greatest barrier on your path to awesomeness, and what did you do about it??

While in pursuit of my higher education, there were people in my life who tried to discourage me from completing my degree because of my age and family status; being a wife and a mother. Despite their judgement, I learned how to tune those individuals out and tuned into those who expressed their support. By staying consistent with these practices, I was able to complete college and further graduate with my MSW.

How did you know your path or decide your current path?

I┬ádidn’t know my path would lead towards being a House Representative. I’ve always been drawn to serve people. It felt right to be involved with my community and contribute as much as I can to where it is needed. After seeing the lack of improvements, I wanted to stand up and give the unheard a loud voice.

How do you de-stress?

I have a practice of no working on Sundays. That is my day to replenish myself spiritually by going to church, physically by resting, and emotionally by spending quality time with my family.

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