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Meet Jae Lange: ‘So proud to be fighting alongside my team and my community, fighting to end homelessness’

Jae Lange, a VCU B.S.W. student, walking in Monroe Park. Photo: Kevin Morley, VCU Enterprise Marketing and Communications. Jae Lange says they were a social worker long before a job or degree made it official. “I was born one, and I will die one,” says Jae, a first-generation student in the B.S.W. Program who also […]

Frank Baskind leaving strong social work legacy after 32 years at VCU

Frank Baskind, Ph.D., followed two legends as dean of the VCU School of Social Work in 1991. Three decades later, his legacy shows he was every bit the powerhouse that Elaine Z. Rothenberg and Grace E. Harris were. Baskind will retire this summer as professor and dean emeritus in the School of Social Work, a […]

Cultural Achievement Ceremonies are full of social work vibes in 2024

The VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs’ six Cultural Achievement Ceremonies each spring are celebrations of students’ hard work on their journey to graduation and an affirmation of their cultural identities. And this year, there were strong social work vibes with four of the events, as five School of Social Work M.S.W. students and one […]

Naomi Reddish, Amanda Long presenting at national conference on systems transformation

The VCU School of Social Work’s Naomi Reddish, M.S.W. , and Amanda Long, M.S.W., are presenting at the 2024 National Title IV-E Roundtable (conference) in Burlington, Vermont. The National IV-E Roundtable for Child Welfare Training and Education is an annual gathering of representatives from public and tribal child welfare agencies and their university partners.  Reddish […]

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 […]

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