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College of Social Work


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.

MSW/MPH Student Participates in Experiential Learning Program

Dual degree student Allie Silverman has a better understanding of interprofessional healthcare after participating in the UofSC Quality Improvement Education and Systems Training program.

MSW Spotlight: Alexandria Devonish

Social workers are needed in numerous areas of society and graduating student Alexandria Devonish wants to utilize her skills and education in the criminal justice and corrections fields.

BSW Award Winner: Tomeka Pryor

Interacting with diverse populations is common for social workers, and Tomeka Pryor credits the College of Social Work with providing a better understanding of diversity and inclusion.

BSW Award Winner: Mairead Peters

The opportunity to help others led Mairead Peters to the social work program, and her opportunities and accomplishments have her well-prepared for achieving her career aspirations.

BSW Award Winner: Ansley Hagenburger

Overcoming obstacles, placing the spotlight on others and helping vulnerable populations are just some of the qualities for UofSC Outstanding Senior Ashley Hagenburger.

BSW Award Winner: Abigail Crawford

Abigail Crawford's service to others is evident through her work on campus and in the community.

Alumna Recognized for Leadership and Positive Community Impact

Through advocating for policy and working with community leaders, Chynna Phillips, MSW, MPH '18, is dedicated to ensuring a positive future for Columbia and the Midlands region.

MSW Spotlight: Destiny Asby

Advanced Standing student Destiny Asby is not only passionate about her future social work career but also making sure people understand the variety of opportunities within the field.

Alumna Continues Advocacy Efforts During the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has not stopped Teresa Arnold and her staff and volunteers at AARP SC from continuing their responsibilities of serving individuals and communities.

Hitting the Bottom Before Rising to the Top

During these difficult times of the COVID-19 outbreak, MSW student Laura Browning's comeback story is inspiration for anyone who has hit a low point in their life.

A Desire to Help Others Leads One Student to the MSW Program

MSW Advanced Standing student Hayley Graff realized her assumptions about social work were incorrect during her undergraduate studies. She has turned those misconceptions into preparing for a career of helping improve the lives of individuals.


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