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    COVID-19 Information SSW Students, Faculty and Staff

    The School is committed to the safety of our community; the uninterrupted education of our students, including those who will graduate at the end of this term; and to the continuity of services. 

    • The School of Social Work Building is closed to the public. See detailed information below.

    • Governor Whitmer signs the "Stay Home Stay Safe" order and it will last for at least three weeks.

    • All final exams will take place remotely in alternative formats.

    • Students who can do so are encouraged to move home as soon as possible.

    • All U-M commencement ceremonies are canceled. We will look at ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future.

    View the full SSW COVID-19 information page.

    • March 27, 2020
  2. Terri L. Friedline
    Terri Friedline’s Research Informs the Automatic BOOST to Communities Act

    Associate Professor Terri Friedline’s research, “Mapping Financial Opportunity” can be used to inform the Automatic BOOST to Communities Act drafted by Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative for Michigan's 13th congressional district. In response to the coronavirus crisis, the proposed legislation would immediately provide a U.S. debit card preloaded with $2,000 to every person in America, which could be transitioned into a universal federal or postal banking account. Each card would be recharged with $1,000 monthly until one year after the end of the coronavirus crisis. Friedline's research focuses on universal bank account access and she maps post office locations to inform the potential for postal banking.

    • March 23, 2020
  3. H. Luke  Shaefer
    Luke Shaefer Discusses How Low-Income Families have Fewer Options During COVID-19

    Professor Luke Shaefer is quoted in a New York Times article detailing how low-income families often bear the brunt of the pain in natural disasters and large-scale emergencies. “They tend to be the first hit when things go wrong and then also to take the longest time to recover.”


    • March 20, 2020
    Briana Tetsch 2020 University of Michigan NASW Student of the Year

    Congratulations to Briana Tetsch, the 2020 University of Michigan NASW Student of the Year. Student Social Workers of the Year are selected based on the following criteria:

    • Demonstrated leadership qualities
    • Contribution to the positive image of a social work program
    • Commitment to political and community activities
    • Success in academic performance
    • Degree to which the student represents the professional ethics of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics
    • March 18, 2020
  5. Lisa M. Wexler
    Lisa Wexler Discusses Suicide Prevention in Remote Alaskan Communities

    Alaska Public Media interviewed Professor Lisa Wexler about her work with a new suicide prevention model titled Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide. The program is a community health intervention designed, supported and implemented by remote communities in Northwest Alaska to decrease suicide. “The whole process is all about self-determination and about people deciding for themselves what they want to do and how they want to do it,” Wexler said.

  6. Todd I. Herrenkohl
    New Video Highlights Todd Herrenkohl’s Research on Stress and Adversity Faced by Children

    When children experience stress and adversity in their homes and communities, schools become a critically important setting in which to intervene and foster their resilience. Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families Todd Herrenkohl has collaborated on a video to help school professionals understand and better educate vulnerable and traumatized students.

    Ahead Magazine Focusing on Social Work Research

    Ahead (Issue 4) - In-depth views of social work research at the University of Michigan. This issue includes:

    • New Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Center for Health Equity Research and Training
    • Program Evaluation Group
    • Remember Deborah Bybee
    • February 20, 2020
  8. H. Luke  Shaefer
    Luke Shaefer's New Research Reveals Stark Disparities in Rural Communities

    Where are the nation’s most disadvantaged communities? With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Professor Luke Shaefer, a team of researchers from U-M Poverty Solutions and Princeton University explored this question and developed an Index of Deep Disadvantage to identify and better understand America’s most disadvantaged communities. By identifying communities of deep disadvantage can help direct resources where they’re most needed.

  9. Bradley J. Zebrack
    Brad Zebrack's Research on Psychosocial Care of Young Adults with Cancer Cited in NY Times

    Professor Brad Zerbrack’s research was cited in the New York Times, “When the Teenager or Young Adult Has Cancer.” His research reviews psychosocial challenges, support interventions and makes recommendations for young adults with cancer.

  10. Joseph P. Ryan
    Joe Ryan Shares How Data Improves Outcomes for Vulnerable Children

    Professor Joe Ryan presented his findings on how data can drive policy changes and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families at the Wolverine Caucus.  The Wolverine Caucus is a forum held in the state capital where alumni, policymakers, and the public can hear from U-M faculty experts and engage discussions on topics that impact society.

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