Stipend Recipient's Biography
Kirsten Badre is currently completing her second and final year of the MSW program a San Diego State University. Prior to joining the social work profession, Kirsten earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in elementary education and served as a classroom educator. After seven years in the classroom setting, serving diverse and challenging populations, Kirsten earned her Master’s from the University of Kentucky in educational leadership. In pursuit of impacting students on an administrative level, Kirsten spent three years as a curriculum coach and school principal. Appreciating the importance of the different systems affecting individuals’ lives, Kirsten made the decision to transition to social work.
As Kirsten begins her social work career, she understands the strong need to improve the quality and model of care for older adults. As a part of HRSA SDIGEC MSW Stipend program, her internship will be at Glenner Memory Care Centers this year. At the Glenner Center, Kirsten will work closely with older adults living with dementia, as well as family members serving as caregivers. Using her background working with children, Kirsten plans to implement and facilitate intergenerational programming at Glenner, bringing together blended generations. Kirsten is excited to be part of the Glenner team and looks forward to bridging her past career working with children with her future pursuits working with older adults.