Statement on Colorado Springs shooting
Dear School of Social Work community, It is heartbreaking to reach out to you once again in the wake of a hate crime, this time directed at the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs. We grieve for those five killed and 18 injured, and their families; and we stand in solidarity with those directly impacted in […]
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 […]
Lineberry’s Champions of Accessibility Award highlights a banner year for Ph.D. Program
The news that Ph.D. student Sarah Lineberry has been named a winner of VCU’s Champions of Accessibility Award for 2021 capped a notable academic year for her and her colleagues in the School of Social Work doctoral program. Lineberry was one of nine winners university-wide and one of only two students to earn the champions […]
Discussion explores best foster care practices for engaging youth identifying as LGBTQ+
The VCU School of Social Work and its Child Welfare Stipend Program hosted a panel discussion, Fostering Truth: A Conversation About Best Practices in Working with and Engaging Youth in Foster Care who Identify as LGBTQ+, on April 28, 2021. The panel session, available for viewing through the YouTube archive above, featured: Mikaela Doench, M.S.W. […]
‘A beautiful moment’: Social work alum honored for nondiscrimination advocacy in Michigan
VCU social work alum Sara Van Tongeren, Rev. Jennifer Adams and Jeffrey Sorenson received social justice awards from the city of Holland, Michigan, in January. For VCU School of Social Work alum Sara Van Tongeren (M.S.W.’08/SW), a “surreal” seven-hour city council meeting in August 2020 was delayed gratification for the passage of a long-awaited nondiscrimination […]
New faculty in focus: Kimberly Compton, Maurice Gattis, Basil Gooden, Carrie Hartwell
The four newest members of the VCU School of Social Work faculty are two instructors for the Online M.S.W. Program and two visiting scholars who are part of the university’s iCubed initiative (Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation). We caught up with them and asked about their experiences so far in the 2019-20 academic year. […]
Free training available on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness through Nov. 30
If you’d like to learn more about the issues of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, a valuable, free training resource is available as part of a November-long competition among Richmond and four other cities selected for the national Grand Challenge to End Youth Homelessness.
Richmond youth who have faced homelessness and housing instability use research and advocacy to help others in similar situations
Members of the Advocates for Richmond Youth held a “pop-up, drop-in center” at Side By Side, a space in Richmond for LGBTQ+ youth, that offered free food, clothing, hygiene items, computer access for job searches, and legal assistance to any 14-to-24-year-olds experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
VCU faculty and student receive an 2016 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award honorable mention
Faculty and student collaborate on paper, Queering the Social Work Classroom: Strategies for Increasing Inclusion of LGBTQ People.
Inside the fight to win VCU’s official recognition of the university’s first LGBTQIA student organization
In the fall of 1974, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning and straight Virginia Commonwealth University students founded the school’s first LGBTQIA student organization, the Gay Alliance of Students.