School of Social Work

No. 25 M.S.W. Program in the U.S.

Two VCU School of Social Work alumni were recognized as part of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs’ 14th annual Excellence in Virginia Government Awards on April 15, 2021.

‘Friends never leaves me’

John Purnell Jr. (M.S.W.’64/SW; M.P.A.’78/GPA) received the Grace E. Harris Leadership Award. Purnell was executive director of the Friends Association for Children for over 40 years and continues to support the organization. Learn more about Purnell and his commitment to Friends in the video below.

‘We’re a safe place, we do not judge you’

The Health Brigade, celebrating 50 years in Richmond, received the Community Enhancement Award. Accepting on behalf of the organization was Karen Legato (M.S.W.’95/SW), its executive director. Learn more about Health Brigade’s history of commitment in providing exceptional health services to Greater Richmond’s least served, in a caring and non-judgmental environment, in the video below.

EVGA virtual ceremony

You can watch the full virtual ceremony in the video below. WTVR-CBS 6 will also air a special half-hour presentation and recap of the awards at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 22.

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