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Sophia Thompson2014 Rising Alumni

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Sophia Thompson is considered a leader among her peers in child protection at Ramsey County. She is well respected for her quality service and commitment to families during the most difficult times in their lives. Her leadership skills have been recognized by county administration and she was recently asked to serve as a trainer for Comprehensive Family Assessment, training new and seasoned child protection staff with Ramsey County's current practice model. This model seeks to strengthen safety, permanency, and well-being for children and Sophia has been a fierce champion.


Senior Child Protection Worker
Ramsey County Human Services

CEHD Degree

M.S.W., Social Work

What was the impact and benefit of your experience in CEHD?

My educational experience had a profound impact in that it prepared me for the actual work I am doing today. It gave me the outline necessary to perfect my craft and a deeper understanding of people through a holistic lens. The School of Social Work equipped me with the tools necessary to fight side by side with, and for, people in the community every day.

What gets you excited about work?

Knowing that I have the opportunity to inspire, give hope, educate, and support someone in a way they may not have expected or anticipated me to do so. It is great to impact positive change in another person's life.

What skills are important to succeed as a young professional today?

You must have compassion and be humble. In social work it is important to have compassion for the people you are serving, knowing that at any time you may be called to help anyone, of any status, background, culture, age, race, or gender. Understanding this, I like to remind myself and others that on any given day we are all one situation (tragedy or crises) away from being a client. This keeps me humble.

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

My greatest inspirations have been several women of color who I have worked with and for during my short career. They each have taught me something different about patience, fighting for what you believe is right, humility, professionalism, and the importance of listening to and trusting God.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a lawyer because Clair Huxtable was one on The Cosby Show.

What is a "fun fact" about you?

I change my hair style so often one of my colleagues calls me different names based on the look I have at that time.