Sophia Nielsen is a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, studying Social Policy & Evaluation with a concentration in Community & Social Systems. Nielsen is passionate about fostering community where all families have access to safety, stability, and overall well-being through socially just policy.

Nielsen is currently an intern at the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan, researching contextual factors of college savings account programs for Michigan families. She also interned at the University of Michigan’s Child & Adolescent Data Lab performing data analysis on state child welfare data. Before entering the MSW program, Nielsen was a child protective services case worker in Dane County, Wisconsin.



Program Evaluation

Strong evaluation is a crucial aspect of effective programming. Nielsen is passionate about social justice-driven evaluation that sets organizations up for sustainable, long-term success. 

Experienced Writing

Nielsen has years of experience writing professional reports, memos, and analytic papers. Her writing has clear personality and is notably succinct. 

Creative Problem Solving

Nielsen has served on a number of multidisciplinary teams to develop solutions to complex issues. Nielsen is currently enrolled in a problem solving initiative course to address issues with the delivery of social services in Michigan.

Data Analysis

Since beginning the MSW program, Nielsen has grown her data analysis skills greatly. She has experience with Microsoft Excel and R software. Nielsen completed data analysis for a research paper with the Child & Adolescent Data Lab.

Collaborative Work Style

Nielsen is a team player when it comes to collaborative projects. She is comfortable addressing competing interests within a group. She is experienced as both a supporting team member as well as a leader of a project.

Passion for Social Justice

As a social worker, Nielsen’s practice is guided by the values of social justice put forth by the NASW Code of Ethics. Macro-level social work must prioritize the needs of communities with identities of oppression. Nielsen is committed to doing just that.