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2017 commencement ceremonies

VCU School of Social Work Commencement 11 a.m. Friday, May 12 Stuart C. Siegel Center Students must arrive by 10 a.m. the morning of the event. No RSVP necessary and feel free to bring as many guests as you would like.   Virginia Commencement University Commencement 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13 The Richmond Coliseum Details available at commencement.vcu.edu. Share your … Continue reading » “2017 commencement ceremonies”

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His Teacher Told Him He Wouldn’t Go To College, Then He Did

  By Sophai Alvarez Boyd Kelsey Wroten for NPR One day Ronnie Sidney, from Tappahannock, Va., was goofing off with his classmates in math when one of them threw a football at the board — and it landed a little too close to the teacher. Sidney says the ninth-grade teacher, visibly frustrated, turned around and said, ” ‘None of you … Continue reading » “His Teacher Told Him He Wouldn’t Go To College, Then He Did”

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Black and gold (and green)

In honor of Earth Day, we catch up with some of VCU’s greenest alumni   By Patrick Kane, University Public Affairs Whether working to protect the James River, documenting wildlife and wild places around the world or transforming Richmond into a safer place for cyclists, Virginia Commonwealth University alumni are making Earth Day every day. Analise Adams Program director, Shalom … Continue reading » “Black and gold (and green)”

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Real research: Elaine Williams examines how service providers can better serve needs of homeless youth

  Elaine Williams. Photo by Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing   By Brian McNeill When Elaine Williams was in middle school, her family was evicted from its Richmond apartment. Without a home of their own, the Williams family had no choice but to live with family friends for the next several years. “I was unaware what unstable housing or homelessness even … Continue reading » “Real research: Elaine Williams examines how service providers can better serve needs of homeless youth”

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As invasive plant species overwhelm the James River Park System, VCU plant life advocates fight to protect native wildflowers

The advocates are following in the footsteps of the late environmentalist Newton Ancarrow to heal the park. Judy Thomas, Ph.D. School of Social Work, left; Janet Woody, librarian at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, center; and Anne Wright, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, right, sit in front of Virginia Blue Bell wild flowers in the James River Park … Continue reading » “As invasive plant species overwhelm the James River Park System, VCU plant life advocates fight to protect native wildflowers”

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Richmond youth who have faced homelessness and housing instability use research and advocacy to help others in similar situations

Organizer Alex Wagaman, a VCU School of Social Work professor, says the Advocates for Richmond Youth is giving young people a platform for their voices and is working to eliminate youth homelessness. Advocates for Richmond Youth members Tiffany Haynes (left), and Elaine Williams, a senior social work major at VCU. Photos by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs By Brian McNeill, … Continue reading » “Richmond youth who have faced homelessness and housing instability use research and advocacy to help others in similar situations”

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Trump’s entry ban on refugees will increase human vulnerability and insecurity, VCU expert says

Hyojin Im, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, trained youth leaders and staffers of a mental health clinic in an urban refugee community in Nairobi in 2013-14. As part of the project, the participants created and performed plays about clan conflicts, to substance abuse, to arranged marriage, to gang violence, and to racism and xenophobia. Photo … Continue reading » “Trump’s entry ban on refugees will increase human vulnerability and insecurity, VCU expert says”

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How I got the job: A glance at students and recent graduates who snagged great jobs and internships — and put their passions to work

  By James Irwin, University Public Affairs Spring is here, which means it’s job season at Virginia Commonwealth University. VCU News spoke with students and recent graduates about their jobs and internships — and their career aspirations.     Candace Martin Class of 2016, School of Social Work Internship: Circles Ashland (summer 2016) Job: Circles Ashland (January 2017) Candace Martin. (Courtesy of … Continue reading » “How I got the job: A glance at students and recent graduates who snagged great jobs and internships — and put their passions to work”

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Creative and innovative scholarship to be unveiled at seventh annual Student Research Weeks

Jason Shephard, left, explains the workings of a Formula SEA car he helped create to Associate Professor Leonard Vance, at the 2015 Research Weeks Senior Engineering Expo. (File photo)   By Leah Small   Undergraduate and graduate students will proudly celebrate and present their research during the seventh annual Virginia Commonwealth University Research Weeks, March 24 to April 28. Students from … Continue reading » “Creative and innovative scholarship to be unveiled at seventh annual Student Research Weeks”

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Ph.D. alumnus receives the 2016 leadership award at ASWB Annual Meeting

David Hamilton, Ph.D., LMSW, ACSW, a 1998 alumnus of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work Ph.D. Program, was recognized for his outstanding service to the New York State Board for Social Work by the Association of Social Work Boards during its 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly, held in November in San Diego, California. Hamilton, executive secretary of … Continue reading » “Ph.D. alumnus receives the 2016 leadership award at ASWB Annual Meeting”