VCU School of Social Work

Since 1917, the VCU School of Social Work has been preparing students to bring about change through their knowledge and actions.

Photos from VCU School of Social Work's post 03/19/2024

Congratulations to 's Shenita Williams, Ph.D., LCSW, director of field education and assistant professor in teaching, for her presentations at the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)’s national conference in Baltimore last week!

Dr. Williams presented on "School-based mental health: One size does not fit all" and "Research informed school-based mental health practice." Learn more at https://vcussw.info/SSWAA24.

03/18/2024

is hiring for two full-time faculty positions at instructor or assistant professor level!

M.S.W. required and LCSW and/or doctorate preferred. Start in August '24. Learn more and apply at https://vcussw.info/TermFac24.

03/18/2024

As celebrates , we're highlighting alumni plus social workers nominated by our students. Today, we recognize student-nominated Bianca Altamirano Kelly, Ph.D., a community-embedded faculty member who is also a student services analyst with Mesa Community College. Kudos, Bianca!

Here's the full nomination: “Dr. Kelly was my professor for SLWK 706 (Research for Clinical Social Work Practice I) last semester. ... My 706 introduction video mentioned my interest in a Ph.D. in integrative social work. I was terrified of math and statistics but was trying to go into the class to learn if I wanted to spend time in a research-heavy Ph.D. program.

"Dr. Kelly reached out to me immediately to give me some tips on what I could work on now that may help me pursue a Ph. D in the future. Because of her advice, I started participating in activities through the Graduate School, RamsConnect, and NASW-VA, which have benefited me in getting ready to enter a new career and connecting with social workers with similar interests.

"Dr. Kelly understands that the statistics-filled 706/707 classes are stressful for most M.S.W. students and approaches us with kindness and encouragement. She leads us through statistics lessons in ways that make sense. She reassures and calms stressed students when they are worried that they won’t achieve the grades to which they have become accustomed. Dr. Kelly is always up for an excellent long chain of emails to ensure we have flushed out all our thoughts on our research projects and are on the right track.

"Dr. Kelly makes me feel seen and heard as a person and student, not simply the producer of papers and exams that must be graded. I hope to be a community-embedded faculty member and will strive to teach with as much compassion, encouragement and thoughtfulness as Dr. Kelly."

03/15/2024

As celebrates , we're highlighting alumni plus social workers nominated by our students. Today, we recognize alum Kim Young (M.S.W.'13), LCSW, chief expert troublemaker at dopeblack_socialworker. Kudos, Kim!

"I struggled for years to find my place in the field of social work; however what I discovered ultimately is that I am Black before I am a social worker, I am revolutionary before I am a therapist. This statement reminds me of my commitment to always stand on the side of the people, which is the true foundation of social work."

03/14/2024

Have you registered yet for 's Social Work, Policy & Politics panel discussion, Thursday, March 28? Details below!

community, please join us for one of our signature events of the year, Social Work, Policy & Politics, Thursday, March 28.

The event will cap our celebration of and features alumni panelists Patricia Evelyn Green (M.S.W.’74), Fred Karnas (M.S.W.’76, Cert.’79) and Karen Kimsey (M.S.W.’96; Cert.’96) on the subject of social disparities of health.

Learn more and RSVP to attend in person or via Zoom: https://vcussw.info/SWM24.

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03/13/2024

As celebrates , we're highlighting alumni plus social workers nominated by our students. Today, we recognize alum Melissa Assalone (M.S.W.'15; Cert.'15), manager of state government affairs, The 51 Group. Kudos, Melissa!

“Pursuing my Master of Social Work at VCU had a huge positive impact on me and my career path. The core values of social work that I learned at VCU continue to guide me in my career. Being a social worker is a key part of my work and advocacy at the Virginia General Assembly.

"I can take a step back and see the bigger picture and try to understand what perspectives may be missing in certain policy discussions. My M.S.W. degree shaped me into the person I am today and helped me connect with so many policymakers and policy-changers who came before me.”

03/13/2024

Reminder: It's not too late to register for "Crisis Work and Serious Mental Illness," the 4th in our 7-part series on . 6-7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, March 14.

's 4th installment ("Crisis Work and Serious Mental Illness") of our series on will be 6-7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, March 14.

Details and registration: https://vcussw.info/SMI24.

The series continues with four additional sessions through April 25.

03/13/2024

If you're a transfer student who has been accepted to our B.S.W. Program, we want to see you at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 15! 💛 🖤 🐏

Email [email protected] if you have questions.

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Admissions

03/12/2024

𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗮𝘁 𝗩𝗖𝗨
𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴

Now accepting applications for the 2024 fall cohort through this Wednesday, March 13: https://vcussw.info/CWSP24!

The Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU is a partnership between and The Virginia Department of Social Services.

The workforce development program prepares social work students for a career in public child welfare by providing child welfare training and a $10,000 stipend per academic year.

You can also learn more about Angela-Marie and the rest of our 2024 CWSP graduates at https://vcussw.info/CWSP24grad.

03/11/2024

As celebrates , we're highlighting alumni plus social workers nominated by our students. Today we recognize Hope Lampley, program director, AoR and Life Skills LLC in North Chesterfield, Virginia. She was nominated by two students. Kudos, Hope!

Nomination 1: “Ms. Hope is my field instructor. I am nominating her because she does an exceptional job as a social worker. Ms. Hope inspires me to grow in my practice and promotes growth for myself and my peers. She offers support, feedback, reflection opportunities, and goes above and beyond to teach me and my peers. She is very skilled in working in the community which is apparent in her practice; Ms. Hope always shows up with a smile and a positive attitude!”

Nomination 2: “Ms. Hope is my field instructor. She has given me so much insight from the field perspective. She also takes the time to teach me about different parts of social work and her experiences throughout the years. She has given me so many different learning opportunities that I am beyond grateful for. She deserves to be recognized during the Social Work Month as she has been an amazing field instructor and social worker!”

03/11/2024

𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗮𝘁 𝗩𝗖𝗨
𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴

Now accepting applications for the 2024 fall cohort through this Wednesday, March 13: https://vcussw.info/CWSP24!

The Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU is a partnership between and The Virginia Department of Social Services.

The workforce development program prepares social work students for a career in public child welfare by providing child welfare training and a $10,000 stipend per academic year.

You can also learn more about Dana and the rest of our 2024 CWSP graduates at https://vcussw.info/CWSP24grad.

03/08/2024

Congrats to former faculty – and Distinguished Career Professor – Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., on two milestones in the fall.

The fifth edition of her textbook, The Social Worker and Psychotropic Medication: Toward Effective Collaboration with Clients, Families and Providers, was published. And her doctoral alma mater, Florida State University College of Social Work, honored her with its Distinguished Social Work Educator Alumni Award. Kudos, Dr. Bentley!

Details at https://vcussw.info/KJB24.

03/08/2024

Reminder: Our second event, with five alumni panelists, is coming up in less than two weeks. RSVP and join us on Zoom on March 19! VCU Alumni

community, join us at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, March 19, for a virtual macro social work-focused panel with five of our alumni. Details and registration: https://vcussw.info/SWM24.

Our panelists include Allison Gilbreath (B.S.’11; M.S.W.’16), Rachael Randall (M.S.W.’19), Lourdes Sandoval (M.S.W.’23), Chrissy Wengloski (M.S.W.’17) and Alexa Zafarana (M.S.W.’18).


VCU Alumni

03/08/2024

faculty Stephanie G. Odera, Ed.D., and Allison K. Ryals, M.S.W., will be presenting at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors conference at 10:30 a.m. ET this morning, March 8. Learn more at https://vcussw.info/ABPD24.

03/07/2024

is proud of history-making professor Denise Burnette, Ph.D. The Gerontological Society of America's Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work recently awarded Dr. Burnette its prestigious Career Achievement Award.

The honor brings her full circle and makes her the only person to receive both the Faculty Achievement Award as an early career scholar (1999) and the career award.

“Denise has devoted her life to advancing social work education in gerontology and guiding both faculty and students, and I am fortunate to be among them,” says Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., social work associate professor.

Learn more at https://vcussw.info/AGESW-DB.

03/07/2024

As celebrates , we're highlighting alumni plus social workers nominated by our students. Today, we recognize alum Fatima Smith (M.S.W.'12), CEO & founder at FMS Speaks; CEO & founder of Collective 365; and chief deputy clerk at Chesterfield County Circuit Court. Kudos, Fatima!

"Social work is about dreaming and scheming for a better tomorrow. This is done in collaboration with the experts, as in those with the lived experience(s). Social work is knowing your responsibility is to challenge and disrupt systems of oppression while confronting and educating individuals who are directly and indirectly upholding oppressive systems.

“Social work is less about having all the answers, but more about having the wisdom and discipline to seek the answers. Ironically, these answers often come from individuals who did not create the problems. Social work is about centering those individuals as the thought leaders and decision makers!"

03/07/2024

's 4th installment ("Crisis Work and Serious Mental Illness") of our series on will be 6-7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, March 14.

Details and registration: https://vcussw.info/SMI24.

The series continues with four additional sessions through April 25.

03/07/2024

Reminder: is in Fairfax tonight to meet with accepted B.S.W. students. Hope to see you there! 💛 🖤 🐏

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Admissions

Heading south, to Fairfax! Please join senior recruitment specialist LaKesha Bennett for an accepted B.S.W. student reception Thursday, March 7. 💛 🖤 🐏

Email [email protected] with questions.

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Admissions

03/06/2024

community, please join us for one of our signature events of the year, Social Work, Policy & Politics, Thursday, March 28.

The event will cap our celebration of and features alumni panelists Patricia Evelyn Green (M.S.W.’74), Fred Karnas (M.S.W.’76, Cert.’79) and Karen Kimsey (M.S.W.’96; Cert.’96) on the subject of social disparities of health.

Learn more and RSVP to attend in person or via Zoom: https://vcussw.info/SWM24.

VCU Alumni

03/06/2024

𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗮𝘁 𝗩𝗖𝗨
𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴

We are 9 days away from our deadline to accept applications for the 2024 fall cohort!

The Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU is a partnership between and The Virginia Department of Social Services.

The workforce development program prepares social work students for a career in public child welfare by providing child welfare training and a $10,000 stipend per academic year.

Apply by Wednesday, March 13, at https://vcussw.info/CWSP24.

03/06/2024

Reminder: is in Bethesda tonight to meet with accepted B.S.W. students. Hope to see you there! 💛 🖤 🐏

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Admissions

Bethesda, you’re up next! Please join senior recruitment specialist LaKesha Bennett for an accepted B.S.W. student reception in Maryland on Wednesday, March 6. 💛 🖤 🐏

Email [email protected] with questions.

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Admissions

03/05/2024

We hope to see you this Thursday at the first of three events. Please drop anytime between 8-10 for Coffee & Conversation!

alumni, please plan to join us for Coffee & Conversation with our interim dean, Gary S. Cuddeback, Ph.D., and other members of our team as we celebrate .

Drop in and visit from 8-10 a.m. ET Thursday, March 7 at Buna Kurs Ethiopian Cafe, RVA, a VCU alum-owned business. RSVP at https://vcussw.info/SWM-Coffee.

VCU Alumni

03/05/2024

Reminder: is in Baltimore tonight to meet with accepted B.S.W. students. Hope to see you there! 💛 🖤 🐏

Charm City, here we come! Please join senior recruitment specialist LaKesha Bennett for an accepted B.S.W. student reception in Baltimore on Tuesday, March 5. 🐏 💛 🖤

Email [email protected] with questions.

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Admissions

03/05/2024

As celebrates , we're highlighting a alumni plus social workers nominated by our students. Today, as we also recognize , we celebrate alum Yusuf Harden (M.S.W.'18), school social worker at Henrico County Public Schools, who was nominated by an M.S.W. student. Kudos, Yusuf!

Here's the full nomination: “I am incredibly lucky to have Yusuf as my field instructor for my last year in grad school. He has taught me so much about school social work, from how to meet students and families where they are to how the special education process works.

“Yusuf goes above and beyond to connect with and advocate for our students. He positively models the importance of self-care, work-life balance, and authentically supports my journey in social work while challenging my imposter syndrome every day. I would not feel as ready to enter the field if it weren't for him!”

03/01/2024

Happy ! alumni and community, we hope you'll join us for three events in March. And keep an eye out as we highlight alumni and other social workers nominated by our students.

Event details & RSVP info: https://vcussw.info/SWM24

VCU Alumni

03/01/2024

Heading south, to Fairfax! Please join senior recruitment specialist LaKesha Bennett for an accepted B.S.W. student reception Thursday, March 7. 💛 🖤 🐏

Email [email protected] with questions.

Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Admissions

03/01/2024

is stepping up to meet the challenges of a tightly intertwined and interdependent global community facing new challenges for human well-being and intensified long-standing issues of social justice at home and abroad.

As we are developing initiatives in international social work, we want student input to assess interests and needs and help us develop educational and research initiatives.

Please see the Tuesday, Feb. 27, Resource Wire email for links to separate B.S.W. and M.S.W. student surveys.

Photos from VCU School of Social Work's post 03/01/2024

concludes our celebration of with today's inspiring stories: Elaine Brown, Barbara Jordan, Ronald McNair.

02/29/2024

𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗮𝘁 𝗩𝗖𝗨
𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴

Now accepting applications for the 2024 fall cohort!

The Child Welfare Stipend Program at VCU is a partnership between and The Virginia Department of Social Services.

The workforce development program prepares social work students for a career in public child welfare by providing child welfare training and a $10,000 stipend per academic year.

Apply by Wednesday, March 13, at https://vcussw.info/CWSP24.

You can also learn more about Angel and the rest of our 2024 CWSP graduates at https://vcussw.info/CWSP24grad.

02/29/2024

Bethesda, you’re up next! Please join senior recruitment specialist LaKesha Bennett for an accepted B.S.W. student reception in Maryland on Wednesday, March 6. 💛 🖤 🐏

Email [email protected] with questions.

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