Kate Forster, MSW
Director of Advocacy
Kate Forster has an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and received her Master of Social Work from Boston University. She has worked in higher education throughout her career as a social worker, beginning in the counseling centers at Boston University, University of California Berkeley and at Sarah Lawrence College. Kate transitioned into student affairs work at Colorado Mountain College before taking time to be home with her two young children. Kate joined the university as a case manager in June of 2016, after relocating with her family from Los Angeles.
Mandi Bloodworth, LMSW
Case Manager II
Mandi is a Louisiana native but has made her home in Mississippi. She received a B.A. in Classics from The University of Mississippi and then went on to earn her Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. Following graduate school, Mandi moved back to Oxford where she worked in a community mental health setting as a school therapist. In January 2019, Mandi joined the University as a case manager. In this capacity, Mandi works closely with Student Housing to serve residential students and to provide support and wellness education for Community Assistants.
Tiffany Newsome, MSW
Tiffany, a Chicago native, received her education from Michigan State University, by earning a Bachelor of Arts Social Work degree in 1997 and a Master of Social Work degree in 2001. Early in her educational career, Tiffany knew that helping others is what she wanted to do. She began working with different social service agencies in the Lansing, Michigan area that had a focus on youth in foster care or in the juvenile justice system, which kickstarted her almost 20-year career in child welfare. In 2009, she started working for the State of Michigan, where she was a foster care worker, child protection services worker and ultimately a foster care services supervisor. She enjoyed working with older youth, assisting them as they entered young adulthood and then specialized in training workers to do the same while focusing on the quality of the individualized services. After 14 years with the State of Michigan, Tiffany decided to change career paths and joined the University as a case manager in April 2023, making Oxford, MS her new home.