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  1. Rebeccah Sokol
     
    Rebeccah Sokol Named 2023 Public Engagement Faculty Fellow

    Assistant Professor Rebeccah Sokol has been named a 2023 Public Engagement Faculty Fellow. The university launched its Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship program in 2020 to help faculty bolster their knowledge and skills, and also reflect on how public engagement aligns with their scholarly identity. The effort includes creating an interdisciplinary, intergenerational learning community, as well as encouraging recognition of and experimentation with all forms of public engagement.

  2. Terri L. Friedline
     
    Terri Friedline Discusses the Benefits of Public Banking on Marketplace

    Associate Professor Terri Friedline spoke with “Marketplace” about the benefits of public banking, especially given the recent turmoil in the banking sector. Not only would public banking provide a full range of services to underserved communities, but they also generally offer more safety than private banks. “State- and municipal-owned banks are intended to be publicly accountable, transparent, democratic,” Friedline said.

  3. Jay R Kayser
     
    Jay Kayser Discusses Current Approaches to Treating Depression

    PhD student Jay Kayser wrote about the overreliance of medication in the treatment of depression in The Conversation last week. “The U.S. health care system relies heavily on medication and other biomedical treatments for depression. But in fact there are numerous non-drug-based solutions for prevention and treatment of depression.”

    Kayser also discussed his research with Michigan Public Radio. “There are alternative treatments out there that really can tap into someone's own abilities to be resilient and to recover from depression. Medication is an excellent option for many, but we kind of want to expand the conversation out to cover alternative approaches, too,” Kayser said.

  4. H. Luke  Shaefer
     
    Luke Shaefer Sees Dark Times Ahead For Michiganders Facing SNAP Cuts

    Professor Luke Shaefer spoke with the Michigan Advance about the “dark times” Michigan is facing given the recent cuts in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. “I want to stress how incredibly successful the expansion of the safety net was during the COVID crisis — the expansion of SNAP, extended unemployment insurance, the expanded child tax credit, as well as rental assistance,” he said, "...it really saved millions of families across the country, and many, many families here in Michigan, from the types of hardships I expected when we started COVID."

  5. Roland W. Zullo
     
    Roland Zullo Talks with WEMU About Michigan’s Right-to-Work Law

    Associate Research Scientist Roland Zullo discussed Michigan’s right-to-work law with WEMU. “Repealing right-to-work certainly helps the labor movement on a couple of levels. But the main one,” said Zullo “is that it shows that labor has regained a little bit of political power in this state.”

  6. Ramona Perry
     
    Ramona Perry Successfully Defends Dissertation

    Ramona Perry, Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Psychology, has successfully defended her dissertation "Black During COVID-19: A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Adoption of COVID-19 Risk Reduction Behaviors among Black Adults." Her committee included Jamie Mitchell (co-chair) and Jaclynn Hawkins.

    After graduation, Perry will be co-owner of an evaluation consulting firm.

    • March 16, 2023
  7. Camille R. Quinn
     
    Camille Quinn Honored with University of Chicago 2023 Milestone Achievement Award

    Associate Professor Camille Quinn will receive the 2023 Milestone Achievement Award from the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. The Milestone Achievement Award honors Crown Family School alumni for their exemplary social work values, exceptional performance in clinical or administrative practice, and a strong commitment to the social work profession.

    • March 14, 2023
  8. Erin B. Martinez-Gilliard
     
    Erin Martinez-Gilliard Writes New Book on Sex, Social Justice and Mental Health Practice

    Lecturer Erin Martinez-Gilliard’s new book, “Sex, Social Justice, and Intimacy in Mental Health Practice: Incorporating Sexual Health in Approaches to Wellness,” will be released on March 21.  The text equips mental health professions to integrate discussions about sexual health, identity and relationships into the scope of their client’s mental health.

  9. Daphne C. Watkins
     
    Daphne Watkins Edits New Book on Global Strategies for Promoting Health in Boys and Young Men of Color

    Professor Daphne Watkins is the co-editor of “Health Promotion with Adolescent Boys and Young Men of Colour: Global Strategies for Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice in Context.” The book unpacks the complex intersections between age, race and gender in the diverse lives of young males of color.

  10. Paula Allen-Meares
     
    Paula Allen-Meares Speaks with WNIJ About Using Poetry to Increase Health Awareness

    Dean Emerita Paula Allen-Meares spoke with public radio station WNIJ about an initiative in Rockford, Illinois using poetry to increase health awareness. The six-part video program was created in partnership with the University of Illinois in Chicago, of which Allen-Meares is chancellor emerita. 

    Allen-Meares has a long history of using the arts as an avenue to advance social work. During her tenure at the School of Social Work, she established the School’s groundbreaking and influential art collection.

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