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Lost in translation: Social Work student researches how overlooked refugees find ways to cope

By Polina Wells Jessica Gaddy spent three weeks last summer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, researching the psychosocial challenges and coping mechanisms of refugees, and she found the experience to be eye-opening. Her interest in the field has not dimmed since her return to the U.S. and Virginia Commonwealth University. Gaddy — a second-year student in the Master of Social Work Program … Continue reading » “Lost in translation: Social Work student researches how overlooked refugees find ways to cope”

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Introducing Denise Burnette, Ph.D., VCU School of Social Work Samuel S. Wurtzel Endowed Chair in Social Work

After a rigorous national search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Denise Burnette, Ph.D. as the Samuel S. Wurtzel Endowed Chair in Social Work. Denise joins the School of Social Work from Columbia University where she served in education, research and administrative leadership roles for 25 years. She has held Fulbright fellowships at Tata Institute of Social Sciences … Continue reading » “Introducing Denise Burnette, Ph.D., VCU School of Social Work Samuel S. Wurtzel Endowed Chair in Social Work”

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Making an impact from day one

Every April, the Virginia Commonwealth University provides new and prospective students the opportunity to visit campus and get a taste of what VCU life is like during Preview Day. This year during Preview Day, the School of Social Work teamed up with community-partner, Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) to provide students hands-on social work experience their first day … Continue reading » “Making an impact from day one”

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Meet Jennifer L.K. Charles, Ph.D. candidate

Charles is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her M.S.W. from Barry University after earning a B.A. from Virginia Tech. Her pre- and post-M.S.W. practice experience was in community mental health, substance abuse services and psychiatric social work. Specifically, Charles worked in a crisis stabilization unit and as an outpatient counselor with individuals living with … Continue reading » “Meet Jennifer L.K. Charles, Ph.D. candidate”

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Faculty bids farewell to VCU School of Social Work

Rosemary L. Farmer, Ph.D., LCSW, came to the School of Social Work in 1986 to teach in the M.S.W. Program. She received her master’s degree in social work from Hunter College – CUNY and her Ph.D. from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. She has been a clinical social work practitioner for more than 40 years, with experience in state and federal psychiatric facilities, family service … Continue reading » “Faculty bids farewell to VCU School of Social Work”

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Earth Day 2014 at VCU strives to help define sustainability

“Farm to table” is the most direct journey that food can take to your table, straight from a farmer’s hand to yours (hopefully with just a handshake in between). Food education and sustainable eating habits are just as important as water conservation, electricity reduction and recycling in any sustainability portfolio. That’s why Cameron Carter, instructor of field education in the School … Continue reading » “Earth Day 2014 at VCU strives to help define sustainability”

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Meet the school’s newest staff members

Leanne Marshall Leanne Marshall is the Grants and Research Facilitator, in the Office of Research in the VCU School of Social Work.  Her daily workload includes assisting faculty with pre-award administration to include locating funding opportunities, budget development and compliance with the university, state, and sponsor regulations, and proposal development and submission.  Leanne is currently very involved in the School … Continue reading » “Meet the school’s newest staff members”

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Meet Ph.D. candidate Nathan Perkins

Perkins, a Ph.D. candidate in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work, holds an M.S.W. from VCU’s School of Social Work with a concentration in mental health and an M.S. in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University. His training at the formerly named OSU Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, coupled with his practice in Virginia counseling individuals experiencing severe … Continue reading » “Meet Ph.D. candidate Nathan Perkins”

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New faculty member receives honorable mention at CSWE

On November 2, 2013, VCU School of Social Work faculty member Alex Wagaman, Ph.D. received an honorable mention in the 2013 Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Scholarship Award presented by CSWE’s Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression. The honorable mention was for her paper titled, Understanding Service Experiences of LGBTQ Young People Through an Intersectional Lens. Wagaman recently joined … Continue reading » “New faculty member receives honorable mention at CSWE”

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Uncovering and celebrating the accomplishments of our alumni, students, staff and faculty

Imagine if Jane Addams had access to the internet. Would she have posted or tweeted about her struggles, ideas or successes? Would Janie Porter Barrett have used Facebook or blogs to capture her social reform efforts in the African American community in Virginia? Like these pioneers, today’s social work professionals share a passion for creating places to advance social justice … Continue reading » “Uncovering and celebrating the accomplishments of our alumni, students, staff and faculty”