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As the Director of BSW Practice Education, Sarah Johnson is the liaison between students, the university, and community organizations during the senior year practicum placement. She also teaches undergraduate social work classes at CMU.

Johnson has worked in a wide variety of health and human services settings in Mesa County since 1999, including child welfare, health care, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and public health. She believes community power-building is essential to creating equitable and interconnected systems that support resilient and thriving communities, and she prioritizes authentic relationships with community members, organizational partners, and traditional decision-makers to achieve systemic solutions to complex challenges. Johnson sees the outdoors as a powerful influence on individual and community wellbeing and previously taught Community Health in the Outdoor Recreation Industry in CMU's Outdoor Recreation Industry Studies program.

Johnson completed her MSW at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, where a strong advanced generalist education prepared her to work productively with diverse populations, systems, and community contexts. She has a deep love for words, language, and stories, with extensive training in journalism and Spanish and a brief stint living with her family in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her favorite ways to spend her free time are mountain biking, telemark skiing, reading, cooking and traveling.