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MSW Student Takes Initiative in Seeking Local Police Reform

Andrea Ferree is working with a local organization to compile research and advocate for how police officers and social workers can operate together, especially in non-violent situations.

BSW Student-Athlete Joins Teammates in Speaking Out Against Racial Injustices

Junior Samantha Chang and her women's soccer teammates have been using their platform to make sure people know where they stand on racial issues facing the country.

BSW Student Serves as Co-Host for Hear Me Out Podcast

A podcast that focuses on mental health is the perfect platform for Whitney Garland to share her passion and experiences.

Betty Wilson Awarded Fellowship to Help Increase Faculty Diversity

Ph.D. candidate Betty Wilson was recently named the recipient of a fellowship that will help her complete her dissertation and prepare her for a future career in academia.

Keeping Families Resilient and Helping Them Find Tools and Resources to Succeed

As a school year filled with uncertainties begins, alumna Caitlin Matthews knows she will continue to help families and their children stay resilient and overcome trauma or other difficult circumstances.

Providing Resources to Help Students Best Succeed Inside and Outside the Classroom

MSW student Emilee Edwards always saw herself working in a classroom. But instead of teaching, she aspires to provide resources to students that she would never been able to furnish as a teacher.

Robert Hock Uses Sabbatical in Australia to Focus on Autism Research

Associate Professor had the opportunity to see research and service delivery systems from a different perspective, and work with colleagues in Australia during his sabbatical earlier this year.

Social Work Helps Create Friendships in Virginia and Maintained in South Carolina

Three Master of Social Work students became friends through the social work undergraduate program at James Madison University. Their friendship remained intact as they began graduate studies together at the College of Social Work.

Alumna Oversees the Essential Tasks of Hospital Social Workers

Katherine Watts, MSW '01, staff of hospital social workers are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and are often the only connection between a patient and their family.

Candice Morgan Named Greenville Site Coordinator

Instructor Candice Morgan will take on new responsibilities of coordinating all operations and activities at the college's Greenville Master of Social Work site.

Homeless Populations Influence One Student's Social Work Path

A three-week summer internship last year during her undergraduate studies helped Advanced Standing student Raven Martin find her passion in preparing for a future social work career.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Bailey King

Bailey King, MSW '18, has worked on several research projects as a program coordinator. While she is passionate about increasing community access to vital health information and resources, she has several interests away from campus and her research.

COVID-19 Forces Transition from In-Person to Virtual Therapy Sessions

Maintaining good mental health can be difficult for some in these unprecedented times. But alumna Lakia Downs has successfully made the transition from in-person to teletherapy sessions for her clients.

Three Faculty Members Earn Tenure Promotion

The College of Social Work is pleased to announce that three faculty members have been promoted from assistant to associate professors.

Alumna's First Job Experiences During Unprecedented Times

When Shelby Thornhill graduated with her Master of Social Work degree last May, no one could have predicted some of the unusual experiences in her professional and personal life.

DeHart Co-Authors Book on Exploring Criminalization and Incarceration of Women and Girls

Professor Dana DeHart has applied her research and journal publications on the incarceration of women and girls to a new book.

McRell and Wilson Named Co-Winners of Doctoral Student Award

Ph.D. candidates Amanda Stafford McRell and Betty Wilson were recently recognized for their work and research in the doctoral program.

Honoring the Legacy of a Pioneer in Art Education and Therapy

The College of Social Work was the easy choice when alumna Faison Covington wanted to honor her aunt. Not only did her aunt introduce finger painting to the United States as an art education medium, but she also used her talents as a form of therapy.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Michelle Scott

You may not see Michelle Scott too often at the College of Social Work. But she remains busy by serving as an instructor and coordinating the college's Greenville site.

Alumna Ensures COVID-19 Does Not Interrupt Client Services

COVID-19 has not stopped executive director Kimberly Tissot, MSW '07, and her staff at Able South Carolina to provide their normal services, even though they are now virtual.

Message from the Interim Dean

The past few months have been quite challenging for our nation. In our college, we must continue to address major social problems.

Faculty Receive Funding for Research on Immigrant-Serving Organizations During COVID-19

Professors Ben Roth and Bongki Woo will utilize an internal funding grant to study how specific organizations are serving immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Strong Bond of Friendship Through Support and Encouragement

Caroline Ambrose and Erin Woods first met in middle school and immediately became friends. Their friendship has continued through high school, and the social work bachelor's and master's programs. While distance may soon separate them, their friendship is everlasting.

Amirah Cotton Named MSW Student of the Year

Knowing when to ask for help, self-care and a strong support system are a few of the keys to success for graduating MSW student Amirah Cotton.

Owens Selected for Prestigious Emerging Leaders Program

Leadership training, research and networking will be part of Assistant Professor Shaun Owens participation in a prestigious program.


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