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M.S.W. student Kwasi Deitutu helps soldiers and families – and keeps the peace on the soccer pitch

VCU master of social work student Kwasi Deitutu is a former sergeant first class who traveled the world for the U.S. Army, meeting President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. But it’s fellow soldiers and their families, and their needs, that drew him to social work after retiring from the military. “The […]

Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson

I am writing following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, which removed access to reproductive and medical care by overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision. I have taken the last week to process information and emotions before reaching out to you. I’d like to share items that were helpful to me in […]

Celebrating freedom by honoring Juneteenth 2022

The VCU School of Social Work recognizes and honors the significance of Juneteenth (June 19), which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas in 1865, two and a half years after the signing Emancipation Proclamation. There are a variety of events happening in Greater Richmond this weekend, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Richmond Free […]

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 […]

Honoring George Floyd: There’s still work to be done

As we mark the two-year anniversary this week of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, social workers everywhere are continuing to fight systemic racism. The VCU School of Social work and professional organizations like NASW and NASW-Virginia support greater racial equity and multicultural competence among social work students, practicing social workers and their clients. […]

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 […]

Message from interim dean, President Rao on racially motivated violence

Dear SSW Community, It is heartbreaking to be writing to you again so soon, after the confirmation that the shooting Sunday in Laguna Woods, California, is being investigated as a “politically motivated hate incident,” according to authorities. We grieve for the Taiwanese community, and for the  five victims, including John Cheng, who was fatally shot […]

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 […]

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