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Two Social Work Faculty to Give International Keynote Addresses

Uma Segal    Baorong Guo

Professor Uma Segal (left) was invited to give a keynote address at the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, and Race which will be held May 17-19, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Segal gave her keynote address on the topic of "Global and historical perspective on human migration and the resulting creation of multi-ethnic societies." The title of her keynote address is Globalization, Migration, and Ethnicity: Opportunities and Challenges.

Professor Segal was also invited as a specialist in the area of refugee studies to give a keynote address in Lisbon to the High Commission for Migration. The title of that keynote address is Replacement of Refugees in Portugal: The Vision of a Fulbright Specialist. If you click on the title link to that address, you will find an abbreviated version of Dr. Segal's address published in the Commission's newsletter.

While in Lisbon, Uma was interviewed by the national newspaper Diário de Notícias regarding the shifting US policies toward immigration. Although the original article was published in Portuguese, you can see a translated version by clicking on the English translation: "Obama was tough on illegal (immigration), but not arbitrary like Trump."

Professor Baorong Guo (right) has been invited to give a keynote address at the Symposium on Commerce and Philanthropy, jointly hosted by China Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation (School of Public Administration, Renmin University), Dunhe Foundation, and Narada Foundation. The symposium will be held at Renmin University, Beijing, China, on October 22-23, 2018. The title of Professor Guo's keynote address will be “Rhetoric or Reality: Rethinking Social Enterprise.”

Congratulations to our world-renown faculty!

Courtney McDermott Honored for Civic Engagement

Courtney McDermott won the 2018 UMSL Faculty Excellence for Civic Engagement Award earlier this week. Here she is pictured with Linda Wells-Glover who, in addition to Robin Kimberlin, nominated Courtney for this award. Courtney is the first recipient of this important recognition from the Civic Engagement Coalition.

Over the course of the past 2 year, McDermott has worked to raise awareness of racial equity within our region, has helped bring a tool to assess racial equity to agencies serving the St Louis area, and has developed a series of Social Work Conversations to bring speakers addresses this and other issues to speak to our student body. Kudos, Courtney!

McDermott Civic Engagement Award

Florian Sichling featured on St. Louis on the Air

Social Work's own Florian Sichling, along with Adriano Udani (Political Science) and Jorg Ploger from Dortmund, Germany, who visited the School of Social Work last year, appeared on St. Louis on the Air to discuss how well America incorporates immigrants into its communities. Click on the title above to read UMSL Daily's article about their appearance.


Faculty discuss Immigration on St. Louis on the Air

Linda Wells-Glover honored by UMSL Athletic Department on Faculty Appreciation Day

Linda Wells-Glover (pictured below on the far left) was honored on April 14th by the UMSL Athletic Department on Faculty Appreciation Day. Linda was nominated by her student Sapphire Munoz, pre-social work major and a pitcher on UMSL softball team. Sapphire is pictured below standing next to Linda. Congratulations, Linda on a yet another faculty honor!

Wells Glover Athletic Honor

Getting to Know Others: Dr. Cabrera-Nguyen

UMSL's student newspaper, The Current, ran a wonderful profile on our own Elián Cabrera-Nguyen. Click on the headline to read the article.

Elian Cabrera-Nguyen

2016-2017 Social Work Newsletter

Read the wrap-up of our very busy year in our 2016-2017 School of Social Work Newsletter (PDF 2.6MB).

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 UMSL Daily's coverage of the award.

UMSL Trailblazers

Dean Sharon Johnson's Profile in UMSL Daily

UMSL Daily profiled Dean Sharon Johnson. 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.