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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 […]

Tales of 2024 social work graduates

VCU School of Social Work’s Class of 2024 featured a diverse mix of graduates and areas of interest. Here are highlights from a few of our newest alumni: Child welfare advocate Angela-Marie Rone earns a second social work degree Growing up in Yorktown, Virginia, she became interested in child welfare based on the experiences of friends who […]

Honoring student excellence for 2023-24

The VCU School of Social Work is pleased to recognize the academic and service excellence of more than 100 students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Honors include participation of students who were recognized for their pursuit as applicants for prestigious scholarships and fellowships through VCU’s National Scholarship Office; VCU and School of Social Work annual […]

B.S.W. student Austin Ezzard wins VCU’s signature award for cross-cultural relations

B.S.W. student Austin Ezzard is one of two student winners of the Tristen Sloane Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, announced in April as part of VCU’s Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME). Along with Ezzard, other winners are:  Ezzard is a graduating senior who received a number of awards during the 2022-2023 year, and […]

Research Weeks 2024 presentations: Social work student researchers and faculty mentors

Five VCU School of Social Work graduate students, two undergraduates and four faculty mentors are part of nine research presentations sponsored by the university as part of Research Weeks 2024. Graduate Research Symposium 9-11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, April 24Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms Assessing the Impact of Race, Ethnicity and English-Speaking Status on Traffic Stop Outcomes […]

Collaborating with student researchers, Hyojin Im leads an inclusive approach to reexamining refugee health and mental health

When Hyojin Im, Ph.D., convened a symposium at the Society for Social Work and Research 2024 conference on refugee health and mental health, the goal was to examine critical systems that serve these groups and to emphasize the role of Community-Based Participatory Research. “CBPR is a collaborative ethos that involves direct engagement with refugee communities […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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