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Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury, organized by Candace Christensen 07/06/2021

Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury, organized by Candace Christensen

Members of our UTSA Social Work community are supporting Dr. Jolyn Mikow, who suffered a serious injury, through donations.
Dr. Mikow is a beloved colleague (recently retired) who suffered a tragic accident. Jolyn worked for 13 years for Child Protective Services, was a founding member of UTSA’s MSW program (2004 to 2019), which led to bringing the Title IV-E program (increasing education opportunities for CPS workers) to San Antonio and South Texas. Dr. Mikow was also a long-time supporter, donor, and volunteer at the San Antonio Pride Center. #DrMikowHappySocks
Here is the link for those who would like to contribute their support: https://gofund.me/b9b979c8

Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury, organized by Candace Christensen On the day after Thanksgiving, Dr. Mikow tripped and fell while visit… Candace Christensen needs your support for Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury

07/02/2021
Greater disparities to emerge in Texas as unemployment benefits, protections against evictions and utility shutoffs end 06/28/2021

Greater disparities to emerge in Texas as unemployment benefits, protections against evictions and utility shutoffs end

Social workers, be aware: Extended pandemic PROTECTIONS & supports related to UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS & ELECTRICITY CUT-OFFs for non-payment END THIS WEEK. Eviction protections end in a month. Read more here:
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/25/texas-federal-unemployment-benefits-evictions/

Greater disparities to emerge in Texas as unemployment benefits, protections against evictions and utility shutoffs end The financial safety net for the pandemic will vanish this summer, and there are two very different economic realities for Texans returning to “normal.”

UTSA, Bexar County foster youth project earns renewed funding from Legislature 06/23/2021

UTSA, Bexar County foster youth project earns renewed funding from Legislature

UTSA Social Work faculty, staff, and students have been involved in a collaborative effort to support the educational success of more than 400 youth and alumni of foster care in Bexar County over the past two years, and we are thrilled to share the 87th Texas State Legislature has continued support for the Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Project: https://www.utsa.edu/today/2021/06/story/legislature-renews-BCFES-funding.html

UTSA, Bexar County foster youth project earns renewed funding from Legislature JUNE 22, 2021 — With financial support from the 87th Texas State Legislature, the Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Project (BCFES) will further its mission to create a pathway to success in college for students with a history of foster care. This funding demonstrates the Legislatur...

Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury, organized by Candace Christensen 06/21/2021

Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury, organized by Candace Christensen

Members of our UTSA Social Work community are supporting Dr. Jolyn Mikow, who suffered a serious injury, through donations.
Dr. Mikow is a beloved colleague (recently retired) who suffered a tragic accident. Jolyn worked for 13 years for Child Protective Services, was a founding member of UTSA’s MSW program (2004 to 2019), which led to bringing the Title IV-E program (increasing education opportunities for CPS workers) to San Antonio and South Texas. Dr. Mikow was also a long-time supporter, donor, and volunteer at the San Antonio Pride Center. #DrMikowHappySocks
Here is the link for those who would like to contribute their support: https://gofund.me/b9b979c8

Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury, organized by Candace Christensen On the day after Thanksgiving, Dr. Mikow tripped and fell while visit… Candace Christensen needs your support for Support Dr. Jolyn Mikow After Serious Injury

Photos from UTSA Department of Social Work's post 06/18/2021

Photos from UTSA Department of Social Work's post

06/18/2021

Happy Friday! It’s great to welcome back Professor Eric Alva to teaching at UTSA this semester! Also with gratitude to the many scientists whose hard work brought us vaccines, so we can get together again and share smiles in person.

Happy Friday! It’s great to welcome back Professor Eric Alva to teaching at UTSA this semester! Also with gratitude to the many scientists whose hard work brought us vaccines, so we can get together again and share smiles in person.

Health and aging expert looks at COVID’s impact on older adults of color 06/15/2021

Health and aging expert looks at COVID’s impact on older adults of color

Congrats to Dr. Emily Nicklett! In a new project, Dr. Nicklett will use data from the 2021 Crime, Health, and Politics Survey, to study how diet, physical activity and diabetes self-management contribute to the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults of color – read more in UTSA Today!

https://www.utsa.edu/today/2021/06/story/nicklett-emily-COVID-impact-older-adults.html

Health and aging expert looks at COVID’s impact on older adults of color JUNE 11, 2021 — A new study by Emily Nicklett could be key to addressing the unique health challenges of COVID-19 on an often-overlooked population: older adults of color.

06/15/2021
Queens thief’s long arrest history exposes bail reform clash with lack of mental health, drug abuse resources 06/14/2021

Queens thief’s long arrest history exposes bail reform clash with lack of mental health, drug abuse resources

UTSA MSW student Eric Smith has been BUSY with his mental health advocacy work! This week he appeared on Dr. Drew’s show AND was quoted about bail reform and mental health reform in the New York Daily News:
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-mental-illness-criminal-justice-queens-suspect-20210607-jqqy7es3mvcjbmhzt4pv4ncasm-story.html

Queens thief’s long arrest history exposes bail reform clash with lack of mental health, drug abuse resources Navindra Morrison, 25, has been arrested a dozen times this year, mostly for shoplifting but also for allegedly beating and robbing his mother. His mother and criminal justice advocates say the system needs to deal with his mental illness and drug abuse problems.

06/08/2021
University celebrating National LGBTQIA+ Pride Month 06/04/2021

University celebrating National LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

UTSA celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month!

https://www.utsa.edu/today/2021/06/story/lgbtqia-pride-month-events.html

University celebrating National LGBTQIA+ Pride Month JUNE 1, 2021 — June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and UTSA is hosting a series of events inviting members of the Roadrunner community to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff. Throughout the month of June, university events will highlight the importance of equality and increased visibility...

05/14/2021

We’re excited to see the Social Work Grads at the Commencement Drive on 1604 campus! Hope to see you there!

We’re excited to see the Social Work Grads at the Commencement Drive on 1604 campus! Hope to see you there!

Photos from UTSA Department of Social Work's post 05/03/2021

We had great fun on Sunday at our drive-thru cord giveaway! Leadership of our MSW Program, NASW Alamo Chapter, and Phi Alpha Honor Society got to congratulate May and August grads with special cords for Phi Alpha and NASW members. These grads have worked so hard, and we’re getting excited for Commencement!

04/29/2021
04/27/2021

Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Hello everyone!

DANSA is excited to announce that this Saturday, May 1st at 1:00 pm, will be hosting our Mental Health and Wellbeing Event! We received a generous grant from UTSA's Enriching Campus Wellbeing Initiative and are able to host this event! It is open to ALL UTSA students! You heard that right! Bring your friends, they don't have to be DANSA or CPD program members! The event is free and will offer self-care themed prizes!

We will begin at 1:00 pm and share some DANSA information for newcomers. Then guest speaker, Dr. Wetegrove-Romine of Psych Hike, will speak about anxiety, depression and stress amongst college students. She'll share some insight into these issues and offer ways to cope and manage them. After she has spoken to us, we will play games such as trivia and bingo! The top prize of the night is a brand new Fitbit and will be raffled off at the end of the event!

Again, all UTSA students are welcome, it's free and you can win some awesome prizes! Please join us for this incredible event to de-stress before finals!

Here is the Zoom link to join the event on Saturday!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3114608571?pwd=aDEvUEtvU2hJR3BRU3RQaDNJZ1Fkdz09

Meeting ID: 311 460 8571
Passcode: FRn56e
Event details will also be available on Rowdylink!

Thank you and hope to see you all and some new faces there!

Best,
Beau Marcott
President of DANSA

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04/22/2021

On National Administrative Professionals’ Day, we get to celebrate the year-round incredible contributions of Cyndi Beals and Destiny Velasquez! (With our tropical beach theme.) This program would not function without Cyndi and Destiny’s dedication. Thank you, Cyndi and Destiny, for being the backbone of all we do!

On National Administrative Professionals’ Day, we get to celebrate the year-round incredible contributions of Cyndi Beals and Destiny Velasquez! (With our tropical beach theme.) This program would not function without Cyndi and Destiny’s dedication. Thank you, Cyndi and Destiny, for being the backbone of all we do!

04/21/2021

So proud this morning to congratulate Field Director Amy Manning-Thompson for winning the Order of the Roadrunner Award! This is UTSA’s “highest honor that a UTSA staff member can receive for his or her dedication to the UTSA community!” Colleagues nominating Amy recognized her incredible contributions in accreditation and leading the field team’s pandemic response, and commitment to inclusive excellence in leadership and collaboration with the Pride Faculty and Staff Association, the department’s Antiracism Collective, and white antiracism accountability groups with UTSA’s Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice. Huge congrats on this well-deserved deserved recognition, Amy, for your exceptional contributions!

So proud this morning to congratulate Field Director Amy Manning-Thompson for winning the Order of the Roadrunner Award! This is UTSA’s “highest honor that a UTSA staff member can receive for his or her dedication to the UTSA community!” Colleagues nominating Amy recognized her incredible contributions in accreditation and leading the field team’s pandemic response, and commitment to inclusive excellence in leadership and collaboration with the Pride Faculty and Staff Association, the department’s Antiracism Collective, and white antiracism accountability groups with UTSA’s Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice. Huge congrats on this well-deserved deserved recognition, Amy, for your exceptional contributions!

Roger Narvaez wins Outstanding Graduate Student - College for Health, Community and Policy 04/20/2021

Roger Narvaez wins Outstanding Graduate Student - College for Health, Community and Policy

CONGRATS to MSW student Roger Narvaez, winner of the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Award, as part of UTSA’s 2020-21 University Life Awards! Read more here:
https://hcap.utsa.edu/roger-navarez-wins-outstanding-graduate-student/

Roger Narvaez wins Outstanding Graduate Student - College for Health, Community and Policy HCaP student Rogelio (Roger) Navarez won the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student award as part of the University Life Awards for 2020-21.

04/13/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Project YES Orientation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 04/01/2021

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Project YES Orientation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

UT Teen Health with funding received from the City of San Antonio, has partnered with Stony Brook University to add the experiences of San Antonio youth to the existing Project YES mental health intervention. The purpose of this initiative is to connect San Antonio youth (11-17 y.o.) to the free online mental health interventions for the benefit of their own well-being. Please note that while parental consent is not required to access this mental health resource, parents are encouraged to review the intervention. We are excited to launch Project YES to our San Antonio partners!

If you would like to be part of the initial launch to Project YES, we ask that you complete this short survey https://redcap.uthscsa.edu/REDCap/surveys/?s=PYAR8JHDPD and submit your letter of support prior to April 8th.

Once you have submitted your letter of support, UT Teen Health invites you to join the Project YES Orientation by registering in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwucOChrDwrEtRhuQuOafsDqlGJHfml6yCt .

When you register, you will be given the opportunity to select the date and time for your orientation and will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link information about joining the meeting. The 30-minute orientation will be held on April 8th and 9th throughout the day and you only need select one date and time. At orientation, you will be given background on Project YES, get oriented to the Project YES website, and learn about the process for referrals. After orientation, you can begin referring your youth and families to this free evidence-based adolescent mental health initiative.

If you know of other organizations or schools interested in Project YES, please feel free to distribute this to your network. If you have specific questions or would like more information please contact Ámbar Rios at [email protected] or Jennifer Todd at [email protected] .

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Project YES Orientation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Learn more about Project YES, an adolescent mental health intervention.

03/31/2021

Throughout March, we’ve thought about the anniversary of our quick shift to remote operations. It’s amazing to reflect on our community’s incredible adaptability and mutual support over the past year. This photo shows our last week on campus in March 2020. We were trying to figure out how we were going to keep everything going safely during the pandemic, and our Field Director came in with her green wig on for St. Patrick’s Day. Hundreds of thoughtful moments like that over the last year have helped our program keep moving forward through uncertainty, bolstered by knowing that we’re all in it together.

Our field office is working hard today (with safe, socially distant spacing, and yes – a green wig for St. Patrick’s Day) to keep working out details for our practicum students to continue field work within ethical, competency-based, and public health guidelines. We’re getting there, and hope to go live with next steps soon!

03/31/2021

CONGRATS to UTSA MSW student Krizia Franklin, NASW-Alamo Student of the Year!

CONGRATS to UTSA MSW student Krizia Franklin, NASW-Alamo Student of the Year!

03/31/2021
Accomplishments mount for program targeting youth with history of foster care 03/30/2021

Accomplishments mount for program targeting youth with history of foster care

The Bexar County Fostering Educational Success Pilot Project has made great strides to improve college access and retention for students with a history of foster care. The Department of Social Work has been an important partner since the project’s inception, supporting cross-system collaboration and community-engaged research. https://www.utsa.edu/today/2021/03/story/bcfes-earns-texas-legislature-support.html

Accomplishments mount for program targeting youth with history of foster care MARCH 29, 2021 — Nearly 19,000 children entered the Texas foster care system in 2019 according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Many of these youths have aspirations to attend college or complete a certification in hopes of securing a better future, yet just 33% of Texas ...

03/29/2021
03/19/2021
03/19/2021

Dr. Heidi Rueda was an invited keynote speaker to PrevNet, Canada - a national research hub for preventing dating violence and youth bullying. Below, she shares a drawing of her talk with key findings. She is always happy to talk to students about promoting healthy relationships!

Dr. Heidi Rueda was an invited keynote speaker to PrevNet, Canada - a national research hub for preventing dating violence and youth bullying. Below, she shares a drawing of her talk with key findings. She is always happy to talk to students about promoting healthy relationships!

03/10/2021

Flashback to how we kicked off Spring Break 2020, taking the bus to the Capitol for Social Work Advocacy Day! Great memories of our last in-person event.

Who are these smiling people and why were they on a bus headed to Austin at 6:30 a.m. this morning? These are UTSA MSW students, accompanied by Prof. Eric Alva, on their way to connect with social workers from across the state at the Capitol for the annual SOCIAL WORK ADVOCACY DAY!!! The morning session kicks off with “Policy Issues and Why Social Workers Care.” Thanks to UTSA’s Graduate School for supporting our trip!

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