School of Social Work

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Fall 2022 Convocation with keynote Paul Harris, Ph.D.: ‘Promoting equity on purpose’

The VCU School of Social Work kicked off the 2022-2023 academic year with our Fall 2022 Convocation on Aug. 19, featuring remarks by keynote Paul Harris, Ph.D.; Interim Dean and Associate Professor Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW; and VCU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D. Dr. Harris is currently a fellow […]

Getting to know new social work faculty for 2022-23

The VCU School of Social Work has seven faculty who are starting their first full academic year with the school. They include three teaching faculty who joined us in the spring and one of whom is now our director of field education; and four tenure-track faculty with a focus on research. Adrienne Baldwin-White, Ph.D. Assistant […]

2 VCU alumni added to state Board of Social Work

Two VCU School of Social Work alumni have recently been appointed to the state Board of Social Work under the Virginia Department of Health Professions. Denise Purgold (M.S.W.’97/SW), LCSW, and Sherwood Randolph Jr. (B.S.W.’08/SW; M.S.W.’10/SW), LCSW, M.Div., BC-TMH, join the nine-person board, which has regulatory responsibilities for the profession, including licensure and licensure supervision. They […]

Ph.D. student Matt Morgan earns national fellowship that provides dissertation support

Matt Morgan has laid the foundations of what likely will become his Ph.D. dissertation at the VCU School of Social Work. He now has a leg up on that process, having been named to a nationwide cohort of 10 pre-dissertation fellows by the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW). “I am incredibly honored,” […]

Social work alum elevates brunch to a networking concept connecting thousands

VCU School of Social Work alum Melissa Mason (B.S.W.’15/SW; B.S.’15/H&S) is putting her VCU degrees to work in a nontraditional way, partnering with childhood friend Lillian Jackson to create a digital platform to help women of color connect and build relationships over brunch. Brown Skin Brunchin’ was born of necessity when Jackson moved to Las […]

School honors excellence for 2021-22 school year

The VCU School of Social Work is pleased to recognize the academic and service excellence of nearly 100 students (plus faculty and staff) as we close the 2021-2022 academic year. Honors include our annual student awards, scholarship recognition and/or induction into our Phi Alpha Honor Society; 12 students received multiple honors. In addition, Hollee McGinnis, […]

Office of Field Education names 2022 award winners

The VCU School of Social Work is pleased to announce the six recipients of its 2022 Office of Field Education awards. Outstanding Community Partner Award Here for the Girls, Melissa Weaver (B.S.W.’99/SW; M.S.W.’06/SW) Nomination excerpt: Excellent and growing intern program with outstanding focus on client needs. Provide interns with opportunities, inspiration and support.  Criteria: An […]

Discussion explores intersection of developmental disabilities, child welfare

VCU’s Child Welfare Stipend Program and Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND) presented a panel discussion, Developmental Disability and Child Welfare: What Do You Need to Know?, on May 24, 2022. The discussion focused on the ABCs of development disability and what child welfare workers need to know when working with children and caregivers […]

Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, to serve as interim social work dean

Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, comes by her passion for the transformative power of higher education naturally – it’s in her genes. Gomez assumes leadership as interim dean of the VCU School of Social Work on May 16, 2022, after serving for nearly two years as associate dean of academic and student affairs. Dr. Gomez succeeds […]

It takes two: Summer Jones is the name to know for social work Commencement

Spring Commencement for the VCU School of Social Work had a distinctly Summer feel to it in 2022. Among the nearly 300 graduates who received degrees on May 13 at the Siegel Center, two stood out in the list of graduates: Summer Jones and … Summer Jones. That was not a typo. Summer Caroline Jones […]

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