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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 […]

It takes two: Summer Jones is the name to know for social work Commencement

Spring Commencement for the VCU School of Social Work had a distinctly Summer feel to it in 2022. Among the nearly 300 graduates who received degrees on May 13 at the Siegel Center, two stood out in the list of graduates: Summer Jones and … Summer Jones. That was not a typo. Summer Caroline Jones […]

‘We can do this together’: Felicia Smith and daughter Raeven earning M.S.W. degrees

Felicia Smith‘s journey to earning her master’s degree in social work was decades in the making and slowed when she had complications during the pregnancy with her first daughter, Raeven, 26 years ago. The wait was worth it, as it led to mother and daughter syncing their career paths. And on Friday, May 13, 2022, […]

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 […]

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 […]