Office of Alumni Engagement

Ashley (Baumann) Williams

I graduated from Alma in:

2013

I studied:

Sociology

My hometown when I was a student was:

Traverse City, MI

I currently live in:

South Bend, IN

What is your current career/professional role?

I am a mental health therapist working with children ages 4-17 years old. I utilize evidence based practices through the use of individual and family therapy at a community mental health agency.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:

I started my college journey, undecided on what I wanted to major in. I signed up for a course, which then led me to having a conversation with Dr. Catherine Fobes. This conversation was what truly embodied my social work career.

Statement about how Alma impacted your personal and professional life since graduating.

One particular aspect Alma offered that provided immense value to my professional life was the off-campus learning opportunities and programming. Being part of an off-campus program shaped my experiences at Alma as a whole. I was able to get real life experience in an internship setting through a partner campus program, The Chicago Center.

What current service and/or philanthropy activity are you involved in?

I currently volunteer at an adult foster home in South West Michigan.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

Continue to build relationships, connections, be open to change which will promote growth.

What would you say to a prospective student and their family who was trying to decide if Alma was right for them?

Alma provides a liberal arts education where you are able to take various courses through a diverse educational experience. The class sizes and experiences with professors are invaluable.

Why Alma still matters to me.

I continue to stay connected to my peers and mentors.