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    Michigan Social Work Mourns the Loss of Larry Davis

    Michigan Social Work mourns the loss of Flint native Larry Davis, MSW '73, PhD '77 professor and dean emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Davis was deeply intellectual, a quality that he attributed to his Michigan interdisciplinary doctoral education, and he continued to be a strong supporter of the School, serving on the Dean's Advisory Board for many years. In 2014 Davis received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan Social Work. He also created a scholarship, the U-M SSW Clara P. and Larry E. Davis Scholarship in 2006 to support a PhD student whose research focuses on poverty and social justice. To date the scholarship has supported 15 doctoral students.

    Davis holds the honor of being the first person to receive both the 2016 Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award by the Council on Social Work Education, and the 2018 Society for Social Work and Research Distinguished Career Achievement Award. His latest book, “Why Are They Angry With Us: Essays on Race” is described as, "his most personal book—touching on themes of racial identity, internalized racism, and the legacy of slavery." 

    Davis’ contributions to the field of social work were giant. He was a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend to many at the School, and his loss is deeply felt.

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    Three alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Three School of Social Work alumni were presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the SSW All-Class Reunion Lunch on Friday, October 4, 2018.

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    Learn more about the Distinguished Alumni Award »

    • October 30, 2019
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    Four alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Four School of Social Work alumni were presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the SSW All-Class Reunion Lunch on Friday, October 5, 2018.

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    Learn more about the Distinguished Alumni Award »

    • October 5, 2018
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    Harold R. Johnson Shares Experiences as First African American Dean at U-M with StoryCorps

    Dean Emeritus Harold R. Johnson talks with his daughter Karen Downing (U-M librarian) about his experience has the first African-American dean at the University of Michigan.

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    Three alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Three School of Social Work alumni were presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the SSW All-Class Reunion Lunch on Friday, October 27, 2017.

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    • November 22, 2017
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    William Cabin '04 Appointed to Review NASW Policy Statement

     William Cabin, '04 has been appointed by NASW to the panel to review the NASW Policy Statement on Hospice Care Policy. The policy review is part of the NASW review of policy statements.

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    Stephanie Chang Receives the Stabenow Political Leadership Award from NASW

    State Representative Stephanie Chang, '14 MSW/MPP received the NASW-Michigan Chapter Stabenow Political Leadership Award. This award is given to a social worker who has shown political and legislative leadership through advocacy, activism and passion. “It is an amazing honor to be recognized by the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers,” said Representative Stephanie Chang. “My training as a social worker has allowed me to make sure that I am actively advancing policy that seeks to improve every aspect of a resident’s life. Being in this space today was a proud and hopeful experience to see so many people dedicating their life to positive change.”

    • November 2, 2017
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    William Cabin, MSW '04, Selected as Society for the Study of Social Problems Vice President

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    William Cabin, MSW ’04 has Paper Accepted for Presentation at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting

    Dr. William Cabin has had a second paper accepted for presentation at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting in August 2017 in Montreal, Canada. The paper is entitled, "No One Really Cares”: The Lived Experience of Community-based Persons with Alzheimer’s disease (PWAD) and their Caregivers” and is based on Dr. Cabin's ongoing qualitative research projects.

    • February 22, 2017
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    Stephanie Chang, MSW and MPP ‘14 - race and politics in the age of Trump, part 1: State Reps

    Stephanie Chang, MSW and MPP ‘14 discusses race in politics and her goals in public office.

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