About Me

Hi, my name is Travis Atwater and I am currently a graduate student in the social work program  at the University at Buffalo.  I have previously studied and provided service in Da Nang, Vietnam through the SUNY Brockport Vietnam program.  Expand your perspective! Travel! Immerse yourself into the unknown, you won’t regret it!

I am interested in international social work and have been ever since working with the refugee population in Rochester, New York.  Culture and language have always interested me and immersing myself in different countries abroad has opened my mind to new ideas and experiences.


University at Buffalo ­ Master of Social Work (tentative graduation Spring 2015)

The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY.

Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude May 2014

Memberships: Tau Sigma Honor’s Society, Phi Alpha National Honor’s Society

Awards: Diane Dwyer Leadership Award-2014

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences – Sciences Monroe Community College, 2005


Habitation Specialist, Mary Cariola Children’s Center Fall 2014 – Present

I currently work with people with developmental disabilities, helping them to live more independently in their home.

Vietnam Study Abroad Program, SUNY Brockport, Da Nang, Vietnam Winter 2013- Spring 2014

I lived in Vietnam for four months, providing community service and working with the University of Da Nang’s social work department. I helped develop a field practicum model for the new social work department at Da Nang University and taught social work students the English language. Though collaboration with Vietnamese students and faculty we developed a model of care that would be most effective with Vietnamese populations, remaining culturally sensitive at all times. Through community service, I worked closely with victims of Agent Orange and other people with severe disabilities as well as the indigent, elderly, and orphan populations. The goal was to build a bridge between the burgeoning social work department and the facilities that needed the most care; this would ensure self-sustainability and reinforce the model of Vietnamese helping Vietnamese instead of relying on foreign aid.

Student Intern, Catholic Family Center: Refugee Resettlement, Rochester, NY Fall 2013

I worked with refugees from their arrival in the U.S. to the termination of their services at the end of the resettlement period, usually about three months. I also work in crisis management, helping refugees that have exceeded their resettlement time but still need assistance.

Paraprofessional, Rochester International Academy, Rochester, NY Fall 2012- Spring 2013

As a Teacher’s Aide and Assistant to School Counselors, I helped with support services and transitional schooling for new immigrants to learn ESL and acclimate to regular public schools; scheduled appointments for students for medical/financial/housing/education (GED)/job readiness needs; referred students to needed community services; transported students to appointments; and accompanied students on field trips. Worked one on one with a disabled international student and provided classroom support and completed home visits with School Psychologist and Lead Teacher to ensure his residence was handicapped accessible and helped to monitor the student’s health and evaluate his family environment/dynamics.