2016-2017 Social Work Newsletter

Read the wrap-up of our very busy year in our 2016-2017 School of Social Work Newsletter.

Lois Pierce Names 2017 UMSL Trailblazer

Lois Pierce was named one hf UMSL's 2017 Trailblazers for her pioneering work in social work both on campus and in the broader community. Check out The UMSL Daily's coverage of the award here.

UMSL Trailblazers

Dean Sharon Johnson's Profile in UMSL Daily

The UMSL Daily profiled Dean Sharon Johnson. Click her photo or this link to read about Dr. Johnson's experiences leading to social work and also about the School itself.

Dean Sharon johnson

SSWA Announces Book Store Scholarships

The Student Social Work Association awarded 12 Book Store Scholarships this Fall! See the SSWA webpage for information and the list of recipients!

Courtney McDermott Secures Grants from CSWE to Study Racial Equity

Courtnye McDermott and Christy Horton

Courtney McDermott (left), assistant teaching professor, with student Christy Horton. McDermott secured three grants from CSWE to research and develop tools to measure racial equity in regional social service agencies. Check out UMSL Daily's coverage of these exciting programs.

Shanta Kyles Receives 2016 Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Shanta Kyles

Shanta Kyles, Academic Advisor and BSW Student Liaison received the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Excellence. She and other recipients were given their awards at the Chancellor's State of the University Address on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Shanta was also recognized for her 25 years of service to the University. To read more about the Staff awards and Shanta's contribution to the University, read this UMSL Daily Feature.

Social Work Hosts Racial Equity Training

Kira Banks - Racial Equity Training

On Sept. 9, 2016, Dr Kira Banks from Forward Through Ferguson facilitated a racial equity training for social work field instructors and their students. This training is funded in part by a series of grants that Assistant Teaching Professor Courtney McDermott received from the Council on Social Work Education. As a result of this training, 16 local area agencies will be assessing their organizations using a racial equity lens.