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Interim dean’s message: Race-based mass shooting in Buffalo

Dear School of Social Work Community, This weekend while our community celebrated new graduates and change makers, we were also faced with unspeakable violence. We join the world in grieving for the families of 10 victims who lost their life in a racially motivated hate crime.   I write to express my grief and anger, as […]

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 […]

Social work alum participates in White House child care roundtable

VCU School of Social Work alum Allison Gilbreath (B.S.’11/GPA; M.S.W.’16/SW) participated in a White House roundtable on Feb. 22, representing Virginia parents and discussing child care and the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan. Gilbreath, whose then 3-year-old son, Perry, joined her, is the policy and programs director at Voices for Virginia’s Children. Also participating […]

Dean Angell announces departure from VCU, new position at Michigan

Beth Angell, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of Social Work since 2018, has accepted the position of dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan effective July 1.  “Leading this school has been a tremendous honor and privilege, even during challenging times,” says Angell, the ninth full-time dean in the […]

Child Welfare Stipend Program: Meet our 15 upcoming graduates

The Title IV Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU continues to serve as a pipeline for developing talented graduates and future leaders in the field of public child welfare – and 15 more School of Social Work students are set to to join the field later this year. The CWSP provides students with specialized training […]

Thinking about a career in child welfare? Social work alumni separate fact from fiction

The VCU School of Social Work has been a leader in developing future social workers who go on to work in Department of Social Services settings, and part of that leadership has included taking a critical look at areas where the public welfare system needs to evolve – and also where the school’s educational practices […]

Two social work alumni win Circle of Care Awards

Congratulations to two VCU School of Social Work alumni who were selected as winners of the Social Work Circle of Care Awards 2021, along with 14 other alumni who were finalists. The awards recognize outstanding social workers in a variety of healthcare settings. The winners are:  Social Worker of the Year in a Hospital – […]

Social work-led project to reduce homelessness receives $800K+ grant

Two VCU School of Social Work associate professors, Maurice N. Gattis, Ph.D., and M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., have secured a Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant The $883,014 grant builds on a previously funded project and will work to reduce homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, pregnant and parenting youth, and young people at the intersection […]

Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU: A strong social work legacy supporting the commonwealth

As a newly minted VCU M.S.W. graduate in 2003, Danika Briggs signed on for 18 months with a local Virginia Department of Social Services office. Now, nearly 19 years later, she’s still with DSS, currently assistant director for family services with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.  Briggs, a licensed clinical social worker, is […]

School of Social Work Annual Report: 100+ snapshots that tell a story of strength, resilience, adaptability

As the VCU School of Social Work takes a look back at the past 18 months through the lens of our first Annual Report publication, it’s clear that the big picture is really a series of smaller snapshots and their collective impact. You will find more than 100 of these snapshots throughout the pages of […]

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