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Celebrating Juneteenth and reflecting on the necessary work still to be done

This Saturday, June 19, marks the annual celebration of Juneteenth, recognized with a state holiday here in Virginia on Friday, June 18. Juneteenth represents the first celebration of freedom among formerly enslaved Black Americans in Texas, who were informed of their freedom more than 2.5 years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.  This week, […]

Discussion explores best foster care practices for engaging youth identifying as LGBTQ+

The VCU School of Social Work and its Child Welfare Stipend Program hosted a panel discussion, Fostering Truth: A Conversation About Best Practices in Working with and Engaging Youth in Foster Care who Identify as LGBTQ+, on April 28, 2021. The panel session, available for viewing through the YouTube archive above, featured: Mikaela Doench, M.S.W. […]

Social work graduates celebrate in the great outdoors

After a year’s absence, the School of Social Work held in-person Commencement ceremonies on May 14 for its B.S.W. and M.S.W. graduates at Richmond’s City Stadium, while Ph.D. graduates were honored at a separate event the same day. In total, the school recognized six Ph.D. graduates, 187 M.S.W. graduates and 107 B.S.W. graduates. Approximately 200 […]

M.S.W. Program Director Melissa Stewart retiring after 21 years with school

Melissa Stewart, Ph.D., is happy she will get a chance to participate in one final VCU School of Social Work Commencement ceremony, after the 2020 event was switched from in-person to virtual because of COVID-19.  With the return of an in-person ceremony in 2021, Stewart will be able to say one last goodbye – albeit […]

Schools honors, celebrates excellence for 2020-21

It’s been another outstanding year of academic and service excellence for students at the VCU School of Social Work. The challenges of learning, leading and excelling during a pandemic are unlike those faced by any other group of students in modern times. Yet our B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. students showed their resolve and resilience, leaned […]

Discussion explores role of social work education in regard to systemic racism, equity in child welfare

The VCU School of Social Work and its Child Welfare Stipend Program hosted a panel discussion, Systemic Racism and Equity in Child Welfare: The Role of Social Work Education in Perpetuating and Challenging Inequities, on March 24, 2021. The panel session, available for viewing through the YouTube archive above, featured : Danika Briggs (M.S.W.’03/SW): Assistant […]

SAAM spotlight: Liz Cozzati, Safe Harbor

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the VCU School of Social Work is highlighting some of our alumni who work with survivors. Liz Cozzati (M.S.W.’16/SW), LCWS, is a sexual and domestic violence counselor at Safe Harbor. How prevalent are cases of interpersonal or intimate person violence in the populations you work with? Folks […]

Dean’s statement following Chauvin verdict

Dear School of Social Work community, Following a great deal of national attention, collective anxiety and apprehension, the jury in Derek Chauvin’s trial has rendered a verdict of guilty in the murder of George Floyd. I share in the collective relief that I know many in our community feel about the potential step this represents […]

Social work alumni honored by Excellence in Virginia Government Awards

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 […]

May 2021 School of Social Work Commencement details

The School of Social Work is excited to share that our spring Commencement ceremonies are planned for Friday, May 14, 2021, at City Stadium (3201 Maplewood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221; map with parking and accommodations highlighted). COMMENCEMENT RSVPS* Registration has closed for graduates and their guests who plan to attend the ceremonies. STREAMING THE CEREMONY* […]

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