Gilbreath’s giving helps students who want to follow in her macro footsteps

With a laugh, Allison Gilbreath (B.S.’11/GPA; M.S.W.’16/SW) explains that she’s a law school dropout. It turns out that macro social work was really the career she was looking for.  “Law school was the only pathway I knew to do what I know now as macro social work,” says Gilbreath, who was accepted to – but […]

‘True pioneer’: Schneider’s influence lives on in macro, gerontology

Robert “Bob” Schneider, Ph.D., was a big-picture guy, but one who never overlooked the details. Schneider, a former professor and assistant dean at the VCU School of Social Work for 34 years, passed away Sept. 4, 2020, at age 78.  For much of his professional life, the big picture was macro social work. Colleagues remember […]

‘Classic social worker’: Lynch is 10 Under 10 winner for 2020

By VCU Office of Alumni Relations VCU Alumni’s 10 Under 10 awards program recognizes the noteworthy and distinctive achievements made by alumni who earned their first VCU degree (undergraduate, graduate or professional) within the past 10 years. The School of Social Work’s winner for 2020 is Stephanie Lynch (B.S.’10/H&S; M.S.W.’13/SW). Lynch never thought she’d run for […]

Mid-semester message from dean, associate dean

Dear School of Social Work Students, We reach out to you as we move into mid-semester to acknowledge the heavy weight of this time, and to remind you of ways you can communicate with us as administrative leaders of the School. As you maneuver learning during a global pandemic and during a time when we […]

Social work supporters contribute $3.2 million to Make It Real Campaign

“Giving 110 percent” is one of the oldest cliches in the books. But the VCU School of Social Work’s network of donors, alumni and friends have turned a trite saying into an amazing reality. When the university closed the books on the eight-year Make It Real Campaign at the end of June, giving to the […]

Fall 2020 Convocation

In her Convocation address on Aug. 28, alumna Jackie Washington (B.S.W.’16/SW; M.S.W.’17/SW) reminded all of us how important – and revolutionary – it is to acknowledge our feelings and emotions.  As social workers, we know that means both self-care and community solidarity because we are living and learning together not in a sterile laboratory, but […]

Fall 2020 updates from the dean, associate dean

Dear School of Social Work Students, Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year at the VCU School of Social Work. Last week, we kicked off the fall semester with orientation and welcome sessions for one of our largest ever incoming classes – 298 M.S.W. students, 79 new B.S.W. students, and 4 new Ph.D. students – who […]

Incoming ABSW president: ‘Change is NOW’

Felicia A. Smith earned her B.S.W. degree in May 2020 from the VCU School of Social Work and served as the B.S.W. graduation speaker during the virtual Commencement ceremony. She starts the master’s program in August 2020 and will serve as president of the Association of Black Social Workers, a student organization. In the last […]

Cage, Petrasek are school’s top award-winners

Jamie Cage, Ph.D., an assistant professor, has won the VCU School of Social Work’s annual Social Justice Award for the second consecutive year. Jaime Petrasek, director of research administration, has been named winner of the Outstanding Staff Award. She has been at VCU for 15 years, the past seven in social work. Cage, who has […]