For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
My career: I am a Professor of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I have served on faculty at Colorado State University Pueblo, Colorado Christian University, and Simmons University. For years I have been committed to promoting diversity equity and confronting child sex trafficking. I am an author, host of the podcast, There is Power in Your Story, developer of a mentorship group, The Social Work Lounge, and content creator for Vision. Intention. Strategy. Your Social Work Mentor series with The New Social Worker Magazine.
My writings: Becoming Un-Tangled: Eight Simple Strategies for Cleaning Up Your Life, Mind, and Habits; Becoming Un-Tangled: Pray with Intention, The Process of Grief: The Underrated Form of Self-Care, Let's Talk About Finances (order your copy here!).
My perspective: I believe my purpose is to promote wellness in the lives of others. I thrive by the Bible verse, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1. This encourages me to create impact through writing, mentorship, and education. I also enjoy gardening, taking walks, and not allowing “busyness” to overshadow the value of life.
"Hi Dr. Hardy ... I just wanted to reach back out to you and thank you again for the letter of recommendation. I was accepted into the program and will begin full time studies in June of 2022. I appreciate you for the amazing impact you have had on my social work experience and look forward to continuing my education on the doctoral level." Social Worker, Entrepreneur, New Doctoral Student!
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"I hope you’ll never forget the impact you’ve had on me during a hospital visit. I was very sick but I heard you loud and clear. Two years later and I’ve changed my entire industry. You, my friend, are an influencer for the Lord and His works." ~ Financial Professional