UNC School of Social Work will host “How to Be an Antiracist: A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi” on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. This event is online, free and open to the public (advance registration is required).
Hooper, MSW '10, featured on NBC's Today Show
Deona Hooper faced some special challenges while she was in graduate school. Her experiences as a Black social worker led her to create SWHelper, an online platform dedicated to social justice.
Clinical associate professor Travis Albritton was promoted to associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the UNC School of Social Work. Albritton has been serving in the role as assistant dean for two years and has provided leadership on new anti-racism initiatives on campus, including the Race, Racism & Racial Equity Symposium. As associate dean, Albritton will serve as a member of the dean’s executive administrative council. He will also collaborate with UNC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; University chief diversity officer; fellow members of the dean’s administrative council; School of Social Work faculty, students, and staff; and School and community leaders and stakeholders to focus all components of the School on efforts to end oppression, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice that are internal and external to the School of Social Work.
Research associate Todd Jensen was awarded the Diversity and Inclusion in Men in Families Research Article Award from the National Council on Family Relations. The award was for Jensen’s article, “A typology of interactional patterns between youth and their stepfathers: Associations with family relationship quality and youth well‐being,” which was published in the journal, Family Process.
Senior associate dean for MSW education Lisa de Saxe Zerden recently co-edited a special issue of the journal, Advances in Social Work, which is published by the Indiana University School of Social Work. The issue focuses on interprofessional education. Zerden and her co-editors also published the editorial, "Leveraging the power of social work through interprofessional education," in the special issue. Zerden also co-authored the policy brief, "Social work and tele-behaviroal health during COVID-19," with Ph.D. alumna Brianna Lombardi.
Associate professor Paul Lanier co-authored three articles: "Pre-birth household challenges to predict adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by age 3," in the journal, Pediatrics; "A systematic review of the effectiveness of children’s behavioral health interventions in psychiatric residential treatment facilities in Children and Youth Services Review (co-written with Todd Jensen, Katherine Bryant; Gerard Chung, Rod Rose, Quinton Smith and Lisa Lackmann, all of the School of Social Work); "Intention to engage in maternal and child health home visiting," in Social Work in Public Health with MSW alumna Ashley Kazouh; "Mediating effects of parental stress on harsh parenting and parent-child relationship during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Singapore," in the Journal of Family Violence, with Ph.D. student Gerard Chung; and "Developing a multi-criteria analysis tool to support the selection of evidence-based child maltreatment prevention programs for implementation," in Prevention Science.
Barbara Leach, a family support specialist and special projects coordinator with the Family Support Program, co-authored the article, "Engaging community stakeholders in research on best practices for clinical genomic sequencing," which was published in the journal, Future Medicine.
Ph.D. student Hayden Dawes presented, "Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, People of Color in Mental Health Services and Substances Abuse Services: A Systematic Review," during Carolina’s first Queer MiniCon, which showcased LGBTQIA+ research, art, and lived experience as part of National Coming Out Day 2020.
Ph.D. student Anna Parisi co-authored the article, "The effectiveness of The Seven Challenges® Program for addressing substance misuse: A systematic review," for the journal, Social Work Practice in the Addictions. Parisi's co-authors are fellow doc student Ting Guan and professor Din Chen.
Duel-degree student Michael Bressler, MSW/MPH, and a Marine Corps veteran, was featured in the "Military Grads" profiles of the UNC Graduate School's "Diversity and Student Success" program.
Why giving matters
Melissa Villodas, Ph.D. student
"Where we live, what we have access to, and who we can rely on for support are critical drivers of wellness. This reality became clear to me while working as a clinician in socioeconomically distressed neighborhoods of NYC. Recognizing the impact of neighborhood stressors on the mental wellness of marginalized BIPOC youth led me to realize there is more to be done in both policy and practice. Through my research, I aim to highlight how investing resources in neighborhoods can be a powerful driver for mental wellness and healthy youth development."
Mitzy Gonzalez, MSW '15, was recently named the new program manager for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. In this role, Gonzalez will be working on the Frontier Set project, which was funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The project looks at the role of transformation on closing achievement gaps, more specifically for underrepresented students, by elevating the institutional stories to inform the project, but the field more broadly. Previously, Gonzalez served as an assistant director in the Center for Higher Education Innovation and University Innovation Alliance Fellow at the University of Central Florida.
Morgan Forrester Ray, MSW '15, was selected as one of 16 early childhood leaders for the premier, Zero to Three 2020-22 Fellowship, which focuses on leadership development to advance equitable and positive changes in programs, systems, and policies affecting the health and well-being of babies, young children, and families.
Brittany Hunt, MSW '14, is a featured speaker for Muhlenberg College's fall series "From the Ashes of Relentless Racial Crises amid COVID-19: Creating a New United States of America." Hunt's presentation, scheduled for Nov. 17, focuses on Indigenous and Native American communities.