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    Kathryn Elizabeth (Beth) Angell Appointed Dean of the School of Social Work

    On February 17, 2022, the U-M Regents appointed Kathryn Elizabeth (Beth) Angell as the School of Social Work's next dean. She will begin her appointment on July 1.

    Angell is an experienced administrator and is currently the dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work. She previously served in a number of leadership roles at Rutgers University. During her tenure, VCU has seen record student enrollment, launched a fully online MSW program, and navigated the many challenges in teaching and serving students during the pandemic. She has also supported numerous efforts across the school related to social and racial justice. As a researcher, she focuses on service delivery for adults with serious mental illness, and the intersection of mental illness with legal and justice system involvement.

    MSW Student Brandon Bond Named to U-M Presidential Search Committee

    MSW/MPH student Brandon Bond is one of just two students named to the U-M Presidential search committee. Throughout his time at U-M, Bond has served in various leadership roles to advocate for student interests including the VP of Student Life Advisory Board, Dean of Students Advisory Board, Office of Enrollment Management Advisory Board, Advancing Public Safety at U-M Task Force, and President of the Public Health Student Assembly. He is dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of student needs is reflected in the selection of the next U-M President.

    "Considering that this is such a huge undertaking, which will impact the future of the University of Michigan and our overall community, my hope is that our community will become and remain active in the search process!  A few of ways our community can contribute and advocate are to 1) nominate a potential Presidential candidate through the executive search firm portal, 2) attend a virtual listening session to provide input on their expectations for the new president and perspectives about the ideal candidate profile, and 3) stay informed on the process by staying up to date via the Regents website."

    Bond received his undergraduate degree from U-M with a double major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and International Studies, and a minor in CASC — the School’s Community Action and Social Change undergraduate minor. In a 2020 interview in Ongoing, Bond said

    • February 15, 2022
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    Charles Williams II Featured in CBS Evening News Voting Rights Story

    PhD student Charles Williams II was featured on the CBS Evening News in a story on voting rights. “They aren’t securing the vote, they are suppressing the vote,” said Williams in regards to a petition backed by republicans to tighten voter ID requirements in the state of Michigan. Williams is leading local efforts to protect voting rights. “The fight must continue, and I think many people on the ground understand and are very clear that they will not stop until justice comes.”

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    Shanna Kattari and Leonardo Kattari Receive 2022 SSWR Book Award Honorable Mention

    Assistant Professor Shanna Kattari and Lecturer Leonardo Kattari have won the 2022 SSWR Book Award Honorable Mention for the book they co-edited, “Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities: Voices for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience.” The book includes chapters co-authored by Assistant Professor Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, PhD student Mattthew Bakko, alex kime, MSW ‘18, and Jennifer Schwartz, MSW ‘13. The award was presented on Saturday, January 15, as part of the Society of Social Work and Research Annual Conference.

    • January 17, 2022
  5. Trina R. Shanks
    Trina Shanks’ Editorial in Detroit Free Press Encourages Home Ownership in Detroit

    The conventional mortgage market is not working in Detroit, writes Professor Trina Shanks in a Detroit Free Press editorial. Shanks and her co-authors recommend new programs to support homebuyer education programs and establish a single-family residential rehabilitation fund. “We know the private mortgage market does not serve Detroit in the same way as it does adjacent communities. The evidence is indisputable,” writes Shanks. The article cites data reviewed by the Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being that shows that vast swath of Detroit, identified by neighborhood, see very little mortgage lending activity in relation to residential property sales. “We are in a once in a lifetime moment, where substantive federal investments are flowing into Detroit. Let's focus these infrastructure investments in a way that benefits Detroiters.

    Seven Faculty on Stanford University’s 2021 World's Top 2% Scientists List

    Seven U-M SSW faculty are included on Stanford University’s 2021 World's Top 2% Scientists list. The database provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator.

    • Linda Chatters
    • Lorraine Gutiérrez
    • Todd Herrenkohl
    • Joseph Ryan
    • Robert Taylor
    • Richard Tolman
    • Bradley Zebrack
    Deena Etter, Madeline Loss, Courtney Marsden and Nevo Polonsky Named Presidential Management Fellows

    MSW students Deena Etter, Madeline Loss, Courtney Marsden and Nevo Polonsky have been selected to the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program. Administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the program attracts outstanding graduate students who have a commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs.

    Bryant Hepp Receives Dow Distinguished Award Funding

    MSW student Bryant Hepp is part of an interdisciplinary team that has been awarded $60,000 in funding through the Dow Distinguished Awards competition.  The team’s project, “Greening Low-Income, Self-Managed Housing Projects in Brazil,” will implement schematic designs at a designated self-managed housing site. Activities will include planting trees, protecting water springs and creeks, installing educational signage, pathways throughout areas of permanent protection, and construction of communal spaces (pavilions) with pervious surfaces. 

    U-M’s Dow Distinguished Awards are designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and engaged learning at the graduate level.

  9. Sunggeun (Ethan) Park
    Sunggeun (Ethan) Park Elected Treasurer of the Society for Social Work and Research

    Assistant Professor Sunggeun (Ethan) Park has been elected treasurer of the Society for Social Work and Research. In his vision statement, Park listed the following goals: maintaining fiscal accountability and responsibility; promoting inclusive and transparent fiscal decision-making processes and representing the voices of early-stage scholars with marginalized identities and interests. Park will begin his term on February 1.

    • January 4, 2022
    Pioneering LGBTQ+ Activist Jim Toy, MSW ‘81, Has Died

    Jim Toy, MSW ‘81, has died. Toy’s lifelong LGBTQ+ activism resulted in inclusive policies at the university and legislation at the state and local level.  One of those results is the Spectrum Center, which was the first such university office of its kind. Toy received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from U-M last May.

    Read more about Toy's life and impact:

    Michigan’s first openly gay man, prominent Ann Arbor LGBTQ activist, dies at 91

    A Community in Mourning: Michigan Politicians, LGBTQ+ Orgs Honor Jim Toy’s Activist Legacy

    Longtime LGBTQ+ activist Jim Toy, first publicly gay man in Michigan, dies at 91

    Gentlest But Most Unshakeable Campaigner’ Jim Toy, Michigan LGBTQ+ Trailblazer and Icon, Dies at 91

    Memories and Tributes for Jim Toy

    Jim was bright, funny, exuded the most humble and positive energy, tirelessly advocated for systems change and discussed the tapestry of his intersectionality, being biracial, gay, growing up poor, long before most of us embraced this concept. Jim impressed upon me and so many students the value and skills to push for social justice change, and always encourage me to "keep misbehaving" which, I do in his honor! The Harvey Milk of Michigan, Jim Toy, has died and left a profound legacy. - a model for us all.
    Laura Sanders
    I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim on creating an inclusive and safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community. He will be sorely missed.
    Paula Allen-Meares
    It's hard to have words to express the difference that Jim Toy has made in the world and for so many people. He was a visionary in his work for social justice and did not let fear get in the way of what he knew was right. We are all privileged to have benefitted from the good he has made in the world. We should never forget his courage, vision, and the hard work he put into advancing justice.
    Lorraine Gutiérrez
    Jim was a one-of-a-kind, amazing person. Jim used his gifts to lead to meaningful change! We will all miss him dearly and we will all benefit from his work in the years ahead.
    Joseph Himle
    Thank you very much, Jim, for your immense amount of service to the community and very meaningful contributions to the LGBTQ community.
    Christine MacKenzie
    I first knew Jim as one of my students. We even traveled together to one of my extension classes. Afterward, I invited him to speak to many of my classes. I think of him as a friend and I mourn his loss.
    Charles Garvin

    Recordings of Jim Toy

    • January 3, 2022

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