Kathryn Pliml is a second-year MSW candidate at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (CUNY) following the policy track, the Community Organizing, Planning & Development method, and the Child Welfare: Children, Youth & Families field of practice. At Silberman, Kathryn has been awarded the Dorothy North McNeal Scholarship for students preparing to serve in community action programs. Kathryn has professional and field experience specifically around work with Hispanic youth, foster youth, persons experiencing homelessness, older adults, and families who are affected by incarceration and the criminal justice system. Kathryn attended Berea College and graduated with a BA in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis on Child Development. There she became a member of the Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society. Kathryn has training in administration of various risk assessments and is a qualified ESL instructor. She has volunteered as a teaching assistant and aide at a public school and orphanage in Copán Ruinas, Honduras for several months prior to her undergraduate education and spent one semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following completion of her MSW degree, Kathryn plans to pursue a career in alternatives to incarceration and prison reform.