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  1. William Elliott III
    William Elliott Delivers the Alice P. Lin Memorial Lecture

    William Elliott was the keynote for the Alice P. Lin Memorial Lecture at Columbia University. Elliott’s talk, "We Also Have to Give Children Something to Live For: Children's Savings, Student Debt, and Wealth Inequality,” argued that the drive Americans have demonstrated throughout their history comes not just from having enough money to pay their bills each week or enough to live on, but from the promise of a better future and that Children’s Savings Accounts can play a role in realizing that future.

    Elliott is a social work professor, director of the Joint PhD program in social work and social science and the founding director of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion.

  2. Trina R. Shanks
    Trina Shanks Named Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

    Trina Shanks was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. The Academy is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare through high-impact work that advances social good. Fellow status is among the highest professional accolades bestowed to social work scholars; Michigan Social Work now has 12 academy members. Shanks is the School of Social Work Community Engagement Director and Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work.

    • November 17, 2021
  3. Berenice Castillo
    Berenice Castillo Successfully Defends Dissertation

    Berenice Castillo, Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Psychology, has successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Three Studies Examining Externalizing Behavior and Substance Use Among Diverse Youth."  Her committee consisted of Andrew Grogan-Kaylor, and John Schulenberg (co-chairs), Cristina Bares and Matt Diemer.

    Castillo will join Florida International University as an assistant professor of social work in January.

    • November 11, 2021
  4. Shanna Katz KattariLeonardo Kattari
    Shanna Kattari and Leonardo Kattari Awarded Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award at CSWE

    Assistant Professor Shanna Kattari and Lecturer Leonardo Kattari were awarded the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award at the Council on Social Work Education annual meeting, as co-authors on the paper “Differential Experiences of Dating Violence and Sexual Violence Among Trans/Gender Diverse Youths.” The award recognizes scholarship that contributes to knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression; the individual and systemic issues associated with these topics; the development of social work curriculum materials and faculty growth opportunities relevant to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression; and the experiences of individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or two-spirit.

  5. Sunggeun (Ethan) Park
    Sunggeun (Ethan) Park’s Research Published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Assistant Professor Sunggeun (Ethan) Park’s research is cited in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Park and his co-author’s research shows that when local social service organizations take the lead in making policy decisions, the rates of homelessness decrease. “Collaborative governance can best improve client outcomes when it is truly collaborative and providers are given meaningful ways to engage with and influence the process,” they write.

    School of Social Work Faculty Part of U-M Latinx Multi-Disciplinary Scholars Group

    The U-M Working Group to Advance Social Science Scholarship and Teaching on Latinx Youth and Families — which includes Associate Professor David Córdova, Professor Lorraine Gutiérrez, Associate Professor Robert Ortega and Assistant Professor Fernanda Cross — is featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The group unites faculty and graduate students from across disciplines both in and outside of U-M to discuss research, share advice and form a strong community of Latinx scholars.

  7. William Elliott III
    William Elliott Discusses New York City’s Child Savings Account Program

    Professor William Elliott is quoted in a New York Times article about the effects of Child Savings Accounts. New York City has announced a pilot program in which a savings account with $100 will be opened for every public school kindergartener. Elliott describes how even these small amounts can significantly increase a child’s likelihood of going to college, in part by offering students and parents a sense of both possibility and control. “They feel like they can change their destiny and their future,” he said.

  8. H. Luke  Shaefer
    Luke Shaefer Discusses Child Tax Credit with The New York Times

    Professor Luke Shaefer discusses the child tax credits with The New York Times, “Of 4 Family Policies in Democrats’ Bill, Which Deserves Priority?” Shaefer argued: “The child tax credit is elegant in that it does something for all low- and middle-income families.” “It does the most to empower families to do what they think is best for their families.”

  9. William Elliott III
    William Elliott Argues for Poverty Alleviation Programs and Child Savings Accounts

    Professor William Elliott’s opinion article in the Gotham Gazette argues that poor children and families need both poverty alleviation and child savings programs. Elliott writes, “I am arguing that the drive Americans have demonstrated throughout history comes from more than having enough money to pay the bills each week, it comes from the promise of a better future.”

    Terri Friedline’s Study Cited in NBC News Article on Postal Banking

    Associate Professor Terri Friedline’s study is cited in an NBC News article about a U.S. Postal Service pilot program offering financial services, which could lead to a return in postal banking. Friedline’s study showed that 69% of U.S. census tracts with local post offices do not have community bank branches, making it difficult for residents to access financial services. The postal service offered banking services in local branches from 1911-1967.

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