Clinical assistant professor Tauchiana Williams was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to serve on the Social Work Certification and Licensure Board for the State of North Carolina.
Associate professor Betsy Bledsoe and associate professor Kathryn Collins from the University of Maryland School of Social Work were selected to receive a two-year award in partnership with the International Rescue Committee to bring the intervention program Trauma Adapted Family Connections (TA-FC) to families with minor children who are enduring trauma and living in poverty. The award is funded by the Kansas Department of Children and Families. The faculty members and their team are working to reach families who have additional barriers due to linguistic access and cultural marginalization.
Associate Professor Amy Blank Wilson graduated from the two-year Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program this month. The Carolina Center for Public Service recently honored Wilson and her fellow graduates during a virtual ceremony.
Ph.D. student Hayden Dawes was co-awarded a $30,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholars Program for the project, “Impact of COVID-19 and Racism on BIPOC Experiences with Mental Health Services: Implications for Health Equity.” Dawes, who was recently named a RWJ Health Policy Research Scholar, is working with fellow scholars from Boston University on the study, which will examine policy implications for mental health coverage and access.
MSW students Piere Cruz, Dana Dahringer, Kiva Jordan and Michael Crilly, have been awarded the Governor’s Institute Scholarship. The institute provides funding for graduate students in the Master of Social Work, Substance Use and Addictions Specialty Program. The statewide initiative was created to enhance the education of future professionals to treat people dealing with substance use disorders and addiction treatment and recovery. Applicants are chosen based on the need for such specialists in the state, rural area of interest, and financial need. The institute awarded the School $12,000 to support the selected students education.
Why giving matters
Josie Mueller, MSW student
"I chose social work because I love the versatility of the degree, the ability to make an impact on individuals as well as large systems, and to address inequity in our world. With my MSW, I hope to work at a college or university to promote equity, access, and sense of belonging for students who hold marginalized identities."
Kathy Colville, MSW/MSPH'05, was named CEO of the N.C. Institute of Medicine. Colville will lead the agency's work to advise state policymakers, publish state health policy research, and help to identify solutions to public health challenges.
Yazmin Garcia Rico, MSW '18, was named as director of Latinx/Hispanic Policy and Strategy for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Rico, who has served as the healthy communities program manager for Alamance Community Medical Center, will move into her new state role in mid January.
William "Bill" Crawford, MSW '77, published his fourth book, "Crawdaddy Chases The Money Shot," a collection of photography that celebrates the quirky and sometimes unnoticed things that you might see on a road trip. Crawford has been capturing notable images since his days as a combat photojournalist in Vietnam.
Carolyn Welborn Staton, MSW '74, died on Dec. 7, 2020, after a long illness. She spent most of her career as a clinical social worker serving veterans and their families.