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Christopher Selected for Field Education Mentorship Program

Alum and Field Education Coordinator Rebecca Christopher will participate in a program as a Field Research Scholar to enrich her knowledge and skills in field education research.

MSW Student Spotlight: Andrea Ulloa Sandoval

Andrea Ulloa Sandoval, MSW '22, witnessed first-hand the needs of the poor and disadvantaged while growing up in the South American nation of Ecuador. Her past experiences influenced her decision to pursue a social work career.

Alum Advocates for Healthier Communities by Ensuring Citizens Voices are Heard

Kate Stigberg developed her passion for activism at the College of Social Work. Now living in Colorado, she leads campaigns for proposed policies aimed at improving access and healthy outcomes for individuals and communities.

Alum Utilizes Non-Verbal Play Therapy to Help Children Express Their Feelings

Children sometimes communicate best through non-verbal expressions. One alum utilizes play and sand tray therapies and has developed books and resources for therapists to best help children.

Lopez-De Fede Receives Prestigious Public Health Award

Ana Lopez-De Fede from the college's Institute for Families in Society was recently recognized for her efforts to quality assurance and improvements in health care.

College of Social Work Helps Develop One Student's Passion for Counseling and Mental Health

Krissy Blackburn's opportunities to lead individual and group sessions to help others improve their mental health at her field education placements has provided her with valuable experiences for a future career as a therapist.

Field Placement Provides an Opportunity to Change Negative Thoughts and Assumptions

MSW student Bezawit Seyoum was unsure going into her field placement earlier this year at a local nonprofit that works to build trust between police and the community. But listening and learning more about the police has changed her initial opinions.

How Social Workers Can Transform Individuals and Communities to Combat Climate Change

Global climate change continues to have negative effects on the environment, such as warmer temperatures and a rise in sea level. But one alum is working to help limit the effects of climate change and training social workers on how they can advocate and improve conditions for their constituents.

Xu Examines Grandparent-Headed Kinship Families Dealing with Material Hardships and Stress During COVID-19

Assistant Professor Yanfeng Xu is leading research into studying an often-overlooked family dynamic and how their mental health and other negative factors are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students Work to Increase Participation in Election 2020 Through Voter Outreach

Since this summer, some College of Social Work students have been working tirelessly to inform and advocate on the importance of voting in the upcoming election.

College of Social Work to Host Two Virtual Events Featuring Bestselling Author Ibram Kendi

New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi, one of the leading antiracist voices in the country, will be the focus of two upcoming virtual events.

MSW Student Takes the Long Way to the College of Social Work

Quinn Brandt's athletic success in the sport of equestrian took her from Canada to New Mexico and finally South Carolina. But it was not until she was in the Palmetto State that Brandt discovered how social work could incorporate her interest in mental health.

Sharing Personal Mental Health Experiences to Help Others

Senior Jenna Cameron has become an advocate for supporting fellow students who are dealing with mental health issues. Her own experiences have given her a better perspective to help and encourage others.

Alum Provides Programs for Children Who Have Experienced Homelessness

Laura Stokes is regularly impressed by the resiliency of the children she serves at the local nonprofit Homeless No More. It's the children's positive attitude and excitement that makes her job enjoyable.

MSW Student Turns Obstacles and Adversities into Success

Amanda Brown has faced difficult situations throughout her life. But she has never given up or lost sight of her goal of becoming a social worker and being an inspiration to others facing their own struggles.

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.


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