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Welcome from the dean, Academic & Student Affairs team

Dear School of Social Work students, Happy FDOC (first day of class)! We are thrilled to welcome you all back – whether in-person on campus or virtually – and are excited for all of the things the new academic year has in store. Below are a few updates related to the 2021-22 academic year. Last […]

Social work graduates celebrate in the great outdoors

After a year’s absence, the School of Social Work held in-person Commencement ceremonies on May 14 for its B.S.W. and M.S.W. graduates at Richmond’s City Stadium, while Ph.D. graduates were honored at a separate event the same day. In total, the school recognized six Ph.D. graduates, 187 M.S.W. graduates and 107 B.S.W. graduates. Approximately 200 […]

M.S.W. Program Director Melissa Stewart retiring after 21 years with school

Melissa Stewart, Ph.D., is happy she will get a chance to participate in one final VCU School of Social Work Commencement ceremony, after the 2020 event was switched from in-person to virtual because of COVID-19.  With the return of an in-person ceremony in 2021, Stewart will be able to say one last goodbye – albeit […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rothenberg, Harris: Pioneering social work deans who smashed the glass ceiling

As the new VCU School of Social Work dean prepared to start her job, she took stock of several key challenges. SOCIAL WORK MONTH: 2021: ORIGIN STORIES How could the program work more collaboratively with other academic units to offer more educational opportunities that cut across related disciplines? How could the school provide better access […]

Study: For those on psychiatric medication, family caregivers can be valuable resource

VCU School of Social Work Professor Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW, has spent 35 years conducting research around how the social work field can be responsive to client and family dilemmas centered around the use of psychiatric medication. But it was only with a recent study, published in Community Mental Health Journal, that she took […]

Dean’s update: BHM & our commitment to social, racial justice

Dear SSW Community, February marks Black History Month, when we are invited to celebrate the role and contributions of Black Americans to American history. As Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway reminded us in a recent New York Times editorial, the recognition of Black History Month can be made deeper and more meaningful if it “produces […]

Social work faculty and student researchers presenting at SSWR 2021

Twenty-four VCU School of Social Work faculty and students, representing 26 research initiatives, will be part of the annual Society for Social Work and Research’s virtual conference Jan. 19-22, 2021. The breakdown: 15 faculty, eight Ph.D. students and candidates, and one post-doctoral student. Three faculty are also serving as co-chair or moderators for topical clusters. […]

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