Carolina Social Workers Action for Voting (C-SWAV) is an official centennial service project and campaign to encourage individuals to vote and to help social workers share information with their clients, friends and communities about the voting process.
Assistant professor Will Hall was awarded $100,000 from the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program for the two-year research study, "Addressing LGBTQ mental health disparities by targeting internalized stigma." The NIH program is designed to retain highly qualified researchers in biomedical and behavioral science careers. NIH helps pay for student loan debt in return for engagement in research aligned with the NIH’s mission. Hall's study will focus on the relationship between internalized stigma and mental health outcomes, such as depression and general anxiety, among LGBTQ youth and adults.
Clinical instructor Karon Johnson will present the opening keynote address: "Living ethics: A cross-cultural perspective" and clinical associate professor Tina Souders will present the closing keynote address, “Ethics reboot: Aligning your digital practices with current ethical standards" at the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter 2020 Virtual Fall Conference. Ph.D. student Hayden Dawes will also present a breakout session: "Examining the experiences of LGBTQ+ clients of color in behavioral health treatment." The conference is scheduled for November 16-17.
Ph.D. candidate and adjunct faculty member LB Klein recently co-facilitated the presentation, "Shifting online: Sexual and relationship violence prevention during COVID." The presentation was hosted by Soteria Solutions, a nonprofit that provides research-based, strategic and thoughtful approaches to prevent sexual and interpersonal harassment. Klein is the organization's director of trainer development and a lead trainer.
Ph.D. student Anjalee Sharma presented the webinar, "Substance use and the criminal justice system." The webinar was supported by a federal research grant awarded to Professor Trenette Goings.
Professor Mimi Chapman and associate professor Paul Lanier were appointed by UNC Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz to the Campus & Community Advisory Committee to examine next steps for potentially resuming full on-campus operations for the spring semester. The committee, which Chapman chairs, is charged with exploring how Carolina can best support students, faculty and staff with safety and well-being as a priority.
Tauchiana Williams, clinical assistant professor and director of the School's 12-month Advanced Standing Program, was recently appointed by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper to the N.C. Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. Williams also coordinates the School's licensure program.
More than 2,200 people tuned in on Sept. 10 for the Race, Racism and Racial Equity online symposium highlighting research by Carolina scholars on how people of color were historically exploited for the University’s benefit. “The Historical Exploitation of Black and Brown Bodies at UNC: Learning from the Past to Change the Present” is the first in a series of virtual R3 events, co-hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Jordan Institute for Families and the School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.Allison De Marco, equity lead with the Jordan Institute, helped coordinate and is serving as a co-convener for the ongoing series of virtual events. Travis Albritton, the school’s associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion, moderated the first session of the series.
Why giving matters
David McLawhorn, MSW student
"In our current social climate, as individuals and families face uncertainty and unrest, many are grieving not only the loss of loved ones but also of life as they have previously known it. Social workers play an essential role in helping them cope with these feelings as they search for some sense of normalcy. As a future licensed clinician, I plan to provide mental health counseling to individuals struggling with grief and loss and provide much-needed support as they discover their new normal.."
Professor Sheryl Zimmerman was interviewed about her research on long-term care communities in the article, "Helping the hardest hit," which was published in UNC's Endeavors magazine.
Recent alumni updates
Allison Allen, MSW '10, was selected Outstanding Social Worker of the Year at Duke Health.
Ebon Freeman-James, MSW '02, was appointed by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper to the N.C. Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. Freeman-James is a retired clinical social worker for Capital Caring who serves as a member of the UNC School of Social Work's Board of Advisors, and as a volunteer with the Girl Scouts, Air Force Reserve, and Camp Corral's Board of Directors.
Laurie Graham, Ph.D. '19, was awarded the 2020 New Investigator Award from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Graham will focus on learning more about intimate partner violence-related deaths among young people. Graham is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Michelle McEntire, MSW '98, was sworn in as district court judge in Rutherford and McDowell counties. McEntire served as a social worker for years before earning her law degree.
Shiyou Wu, Ph.D. '17, an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at Arizona State University co-authored "Welfare participation and depression symptoms among youth in China," which was published in Global Social Welfare. Wu co-authored the article with retired UNC School of Social Work professor Mark Fraser and professor Mimi Chapman.