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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 […]

High-demand, social work-led course puts an anti-racist lens on serious mental illness

The creation – and quick evolution – of a new course on serious mental illness at VCU reflects the high demand for mental health professionals and a professional passion among not only social work students but those from other disciplines around the university. Leveraging the experience and expertise of Cassie DeSena-Jacobs, D.S.W., LCSW, assistant professor […]

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 […]

The writing doctor will now see you: Meet the School of Social Work’s Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., has seen a lot in 15 years of working as a higher education writing coach, mentor and administrator. Even a technological thumbs down for the Bard from Stratford-upon-Avon. That would be William Shakespeare – not Google’s artificial intelligence tool. Dr. Johnson joined the School of Social Work as the student success writing […]

Social work faculty, students, alumni presenting at SSWR 2024

More than 50 VCU School of Social Work faculty, students and alumni have had presentations accepted or are serving in other roles such as moderating special interest groups, roundtables or symposia at the Society for Social Work and Research 2024 conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-14, 2024. In total there are 65 presentations or sessions involving someone […]

2023 Council on Social Work Education conference presentations

As the Council on Social Work Education‘s 69th Annual Program Meeting opens in Atlanta, the VCU School of Social Work is proud to recognize our faculty, student scholars and social work alumni who are a part of 37 presentations, representing VCU and 25 other academic institutions. We are also proud to again be sponsoring the […]

Statement on Jacksonville shootings

Dear, SSW Community, It is with profound sadness, and anger, that I write to you today about the tragic events that occurred over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida, where a white man shot and killed three Black people. The motive was racist and evil. Plain and simple. On behalf of the School of Social Work […]

Youngmi Kim, Anna Givens honored with school’s top annual awards

The VCU School of Social Work is pleased to recognize the recipients of its highest annual faculty and staff awards from the 2022-23 academic year: Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., associate professor, received the Social Justice Award; Anna Givens, M.P.A., senior development specialist, received the Outstanding Staff Award. The Social Justice Award recognizes the work of faculty […]

Passing of Lila Garlick, 47-year VCU & SSW employee

SSW community, We are sad to report the passing July 11 of Lila Garlick, who served Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of Social Work specifically for 47 years. Lila retired in 2018 and is the only two-time recipient of VCU’s Dorris Douglas Budd Award for outstanding service by full-time administrative support staff (1986, 1994).  […]

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