Remembering BSW student Antoinette Bell

It is with great sadness that we relay information regarding the death of one of our Wayne State Social Work Warrior family members, BSW student Ms. Antoinette Bell, from complications related to COVID-19. 

Antoinette BellAntoinette intended to graduate in August 2020 with her BSW degree and will be awarded her BSW degree posthumously. She completed an Associate of Arts degree from Macomb County Community College in 2018 and then transferred to Wayne State University to start her BSW degree. She was a part-time student and worked full-time at the Detroit Health Department as an immunization advocate. 

According to her nephew, Darius Knox, "Antoinette was a delight and joy to everyone who encountered her."  A woman of great faith, Antoinette served her church just as much as she served her community, both of which she loved deeply. Although Antoinette had no children of her own, she was a mother figure to her nieces, great-nieces, nephews and the myriad of other children whom she also dedicated her time to nurturing through various volunteer and work efforts. Antoinette was ready and eager to hit the field running and providing essential care to the community she worked to serve upon completing her BSW degree.

Antoinette Bell"With such a bright smile and heart to match, it was rare to forget a meeting with Antoinette. As part of her faith, Antoinette would encourage us all to celebrate and not mourn, to laugh as much as we cry, and realize she’s gained access to the home she dreamed about her entire life," noted Knox.

In support of those mourning Antoinette's passing, Wayne State's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be hosting a discussion event for students, faculty and staff who knew Antoinette on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 4 - 6 pm via Microsoft Teams (Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or call 1-313-261-5339 with Conference ID: 624 745 000#). For additional information on how to participate in this event please contact the Wayne State School of Social Work Office of Admissions and Student Services at or 313-577-4409. For additional support contact CAPS.

We will update this page regarding Antoinette's memorial when available.

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