Schools honors, celebrates excellence for 2020-21

It’s been another outstanding year of academic and service excellence for students at the VCU School of Social Work. The challenges of learning, leading and excelling during a pandemic are unlike those faced by any other group of students in modern times. Yet our B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. students showed their resolve and resilience, leaned […]

Discussion explores role of social work education in regard to systemic racism, equity in child welfare

The VCU School of Social Work and its Child Welfare Stipend Program hosted a panel discussion, Systemic Racism and Equity in Child Welfare: The Role of Social Work Education in Perpetuating and Challenging Inequities, on March 24, 2021. The panel session, available for viewing through the YouTube archive above, featured : Danika Briggs (M.S.W.’03/SW): Assistant […]

SAAM spotlight: Liz Cozzati, Safe Harbor

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the VCU School of Social Work is highlighting some of our alumni who work with survivors. Liz Cozzati (M.S.W.’16/SW), LCWS, is a sexual and domestic violence counselor at Safe Harbor. How prevalent are cases of interpersonal or intimate person violence in the populations you work with? Folks […]

Dean’s statement following Chauvin verdict

Dear School of Social Work community, Following a great deal of national attention, collective anxiety and apprehension, the jury in Derek Chauvin’s trial has rendered a verdict of guilty in the murder of George Floyd. I share in the collective relief that I know many in our community feel about the potential step this represents […]

Social work alumni honored by Excellence in Virginia Government Awards

Two VCU School of Social Work alumni were recognized as part of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs’ 14th annual Excellence in Virginia Government Awards on April 15, 2021. ‘Friends never leaves me’ John Purnell Jr. (M.S.W.’64/SW; M.P.A.’78/GPA) received the Grace E. Harris Leadership Award. Purnell was executive director of the […]

May 2021 School of Social Work Commencement details

The School of Social Work is excited to share that our spring Commencement ceremonies are planned for Friday, May 14, 2021, at City Stadium (3201 Maplewood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221; map with parking and accommodations highlighted). COMMENCEMENT RSVPS* Registration has closed for graduates and their guests who plan to attend the ceremonies. STREAMING THE CEREMONY* […]

Substance and style: You can expect one – or more – VCU social work alumni to be on this list almost every year

Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 awards is not only an annual cover-story edition for the Richmond magazine, it has also served as a kind of reunion for VCU School of Social Work alumni. From the origins of the award in 2004 to the most recent honors last fall, VCU social work graduates have been […]

Meet the Smiths: An oft-delayed college experience puts mother, daughter in same M.S.W. cohort

Two-and-a-half decades after problems with her pregnancy delayed Felicia Smith’s second attempt at college, she is in the second semester of the M.S.W. Program at VCU’s School of Social Work. She graduated from the B.S.W. Program in May 2020, serving as the program’s student speaker at Commencement. She is the current president of the Association […]

Beth Angell’s origin story: From first-generation student to social work dean

Beth Angell’s social work story actually starts with a chapter focused on psychology. “I have to admit that I had never met a social worker or understood what one was until I was in college,” says Angell, Ph.D., who became dean of the VCU School of Social Work in the summer of 2018. SOCIAL WORK […]

Dean Angell’s response to Atlanta shootings

Dear School of Social Work Community, I was horrified Wednesday morning, as I’m sure you all were, to read of the fatal shooting of 8 people in the Atlanta area Tuesday night. Although the investigation is ongoing, this appears to be a racially-motivated act of gender-based violence. As has been reported in the news, 6 […]

Posts navigation

View graphic versionView graphic versionView graphic version