School of Social Work

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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 […]

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 […]

Message from the interim dean regarding Uvalde, Texas, shooting

Dear School of Social Work community, My heart is heavy today as I try to process the lives lost in Uvalde, Texas, as well as those forever changed.  Many of you know that the place I consider home is an hour and a half from Uvalde, and I love and am deeply connected to this […]

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 […]

New Ph.D. graduate Shenita Williams brings school social work experience to role as assistant professor

Shenita Williams, Ph.D., brings plenty of practical experience to her new role as an assistant professor in teaching in the VCU School of Social Work – not to mention a VCU perspective as a three-time graduate and newly minted doctor of education. Williams (B.S.W.’93/SW; M.S.W.’95/SW; Ph.D.’22/E) has also served as an adjunct faculty member with […]

‘We can do this together’: Felicia Smith and daughter Raeven earning M.S.W. degrees

Felicia Smith‘s journey to earning her master’s degree in social work was decades in the making and slowed when she had complications during the pregnancy with her first daughter, Raeven, 26 years ago. The wait was worth it, as it led to mother and daughter syncing their career paths. And on Friday, May 13, 2022, […]

Ph.D. alumni award winner Bricout reinvents while maintaining value-driven purpose

John C. Bricout (Ph.D.’98/SW) has embraced the disruptive nature of innovation, reinvention and, as he calls it, working outside the box. All the more reason to find grounding in several key tenets developed as a doctoral student at the Virginia Commonwealth School of Social Work. Twenty-four years after earning his Ph.D., Dr. Bricout has been […]

Alum Forte earns NASW-Maryland Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘exemplary’ career

VCU School of Social Work alum James Forte (M.S.W.’78/SW; Ph.D.’90/SW), whose “contributions in teaching, scholarship and the social work profession are exemplary,” has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers’ Maryland chapter.   Dr. Forte is a professor of social work at Salisbury University, and he has published more than 40 […]

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