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. She is also helpful in empowering her to achieve her goals on her own terms as 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 centers and substance abuse programs. “They deserve a second chance,” says the 35-year-old college student. “Just because someone is homeless doesn’t make them any less of a person. They may be suffering from a mental illness, brought on by some kind of trauma.”
I’m a single mom and I work full time, so attending classes during the day is hard. Syracuse University Global’s hybrid model allows me to earn a degree at my own pace.
—Ashlee Rush ’22
With a diverse set of course offerings, flexible learning formats (online, in-person, and hybrid options), and comprehensive, student-centered academic support, Syracuse University Global helps students from anywhere in the world prepare for a career. without putting their lives on hold. “Flexibility is a godsend,” says Haste, who, throughout his studies, has worked 40-hour weeks at The Salvation Army of Syracuse; Iroquois Nursing Home; and Chadwick Residence, a transitional housing program for women at risk. “I’m a single mom and I work full time, so attending classes during the day is hard. Syracuse University Global’s hybrid model allows me to earn a degree at my own pace.”
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 a special education teacher, respectively. It was while accompanying her mother, Chandice Haste-Jackson ’96, G’13, who teaches human development and family science at Falk College, to campus that Ella Haste recognized the importance of serving others, no matter how disadvantaged. be.
“My mom is my idol. She taught me by example that if someone needs help, she gives it to them,” says Haste, who graduated from Onondaga Community College (OCC) in 2011 with an associate’s degree in human services. A then-new articulation agreement between the OCC and the University allowed him to seamlessly transition to Syracuse to work on an undergraduate degree.
Everything went according to plan until, well, life happened. Divorce. Disease. Financial problems. “I took time off from school to take care of myself and be there for my children,” recalls Haste. “It was the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Haste-Jackson agrees, noting that college has been a long and winding road for her daughter, who also had back-to-back surgeries in 2016, forcing her to be out of work for eight months. “It is out of these challenges that her passion for human service has grown. She is doing great things for humanity.”
Help people help themselves
Today, Haste combines part-time hybrid learning options with peer-reviewed fieldwork in her social work program. “The course work is relevant to the work I have done and continue to do in my career,” he says, highlighting recent offerings in social welfare policies and services, as well as human behavior in the social environment. “There is a lot of emphasis on practical research and practice.”
Haste also appreciates Syracuse University Global’s support systems, from individual counseling to student-centered services, that 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 work is relevant to the work I have done and continue to do in my career. There is a lot of emphasis on practical research and practice.
—Ashlee Rush ’22
Beard-Frias highlights Haste’s spirit of helping people help themselves, which seems to permeate everything he does, including his current location 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 so many of my clients deal with intergenerational trauma and poverty,” concludes Haste, who hopes to earn a master’s degree in social work, the field’s terminal practice degree. “Syracuse University Global makes me a better student and a better person.”
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