School of Social Work

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Recapping Social Work Month 2024: Networking, learning, celebrating

The VCU School of Social Work sponsored three events for Social Work Month 2024, and highlighted a number of our alumni across our social media channels. Check out photos and archived video from our panel presentations below. Coffee & Conversation March 7, 2024 (View the image below larger by opening in a new tab/window.) Beyond […]

Kia J. Bentley burnishes legacy with new textbook edition, FSU alumni award

Even in retirement, Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., is continuing to build on her 35-year career as a social work educator, one that culminated in her being named the VCU School of Social Work’s first Distinguished Career Professor by VCU’s Provost in 2022. This past fall, the fifth edition of Dr. Bentley’s textbook, The Social Worker […]

Circle of honor: Denise Burnette earns AGESW career achievement award

As a child of Southern Appalachia, Denise Burnette, Ph.D., VCU School of Social Work professor, was attuned to older adults and their life stories. “They were fonts of wisdom and equanimity, bold equanimity,” says Burnette, the school’s Samuel S. Wurtzel Endowed Chair in Social Work. “As an academic, my research and teaching, at home and […]

Cassie DeSena-Jacobs presenting at national conference about course development

Cassie DeSena-Jacobs, D.S.W., LCSW, assistant professor in teaching at the VCU School of Social Work, will be presenting in April at the Social Work Distance Education 2024 Virtual Conference. Developing an Advanced Clinical Class through an Anti-Racist Lens 5-5:45 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 10, 2024What does it really mean to include anti-racist strategies in a class […]

Shenita Williams presenting at national conference about school-based mental health

Shenita Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, director of field education at the VCU School of Social Work, will be making two presentations in March 2024 at the School Social Work Association of America’s national conference in Baltimore. Dr. Williams, who also serves as an assistant professor in teaching, will be presenting the following: School-Based Mental Health: One […]

Celebrating Social Work Month and our uncommon alumni

The VCU School of Social Work is celebrating our uncommon alumni, and their unlimited impact, with three events during Social Work Month in March. Graduates of the school are an integral part of a community that is making a difference in Richmond and beyond. This month — and every month — the school is proud […]

Grandfather’s need for aging-in-place resources inspires award-winning research from doc student Sunny Kim

The origin of VCU social work Ph.D. candidate Seon “Sunny” Kim’s dissertation dates to the Korean War, deeply personal work that is receiving national recognition.  The Korean American Social Work Educators Association in the fall honored Kim’s dissertation work with its Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award for contributions to aging research, policy and practice. “As a […]

Hero of the Game: Athletics honors Frank Baskind

Frank Baskind, Ph.D., dean emeritus and professor in the VCU School of Social Work, was honored in December by VCU Athletics as a Hero of the Game. Dr. Baskind, who has been at VCU since 1992 and served as dean of the school from 1992-2008, was recognized Dec. 30, 2023, when VCU hosted Gardner-Webb in […]

Social work alumni make Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 (again)

Three VCU School of Social Work alumni are featured in Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2023, continuing a long tradition of graduates being recognized for their work and impact in the Richmond community. With the addition of three new members, VCU SSW now has 24 alumni who have been included since the […]

VCU honors Kim Young (M.S.W.’13) as a top 10 graduate of past decade

By VCU Office of Alumni Relations Kim Young has been named by her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, one of the university’s top 10 graduates of the past decade. VCU Alumni’s 10 Under 10 awards celebrate alumni who earned their first VCU degree within the past 10 years and who have enjoyed remarkable professional success, […]

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