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    Lady Funcke Receives Latinx Research Week 2024 Familismo Award

    MSW student Lady Funcke has been named one of the Latinx Research Week 2024 Familismo Award Winners. Latinx Research Week is an interdisciplinary, conference-style series of events hosted annually on the U-M campus. The Familismo Award is a testament to individuals who embody the values of love, respect, ethics of care and community, which are essential for fostering supportive academic communities. 

    “I am deeply touched to have been chosen for this award, as it signifies my commitment to welcoming and inclusive practices, caring deeply for the holistic success of individuals and communities, and nurturing sacred relationships through meaningful interactions and collaborative endeavors,” said Funcke.

    • April 5, 2024
    Kevin Nguyen Named 2024 U-M NASW Student of the Year

    MSW Student Kevin Nguyen has been selected as the 2024 U-M National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Student of the Year. In bestowing this award, NASW looks at criteria including demonstrated leadership qualities, contribution to the positive image of a social work program, commitment to political and community activities, success in academic performance and representation of the NASW Code of Ethics. The award ceremony will be held Friday, April 12, 2024, 6-8:30 PM in Lansing, Michigan.

    MSW Students Claudia Abboud and Cora Galpern Talk with PBS About Voting “Uncommitted”

    MSW students Claudia Abboud and Cora Galpern spoke with PBS’s NewsHour about the option to vote “uncommitted” in last week’s state primary election. “I don’t think we have a whole lot of ways to really make sure that our voices are being heard,” Abboud said. “But this is one direct way that we can, that we have some power we can leverage, that we can do something and communicate what our wants and our needs are directly to the source.”

    Black Radical Healing Pathways Receives 2024 MLK Spirit Award

    The School of Social Work student group Black Radical Healing Pathways (BRHP) received a 2024 Central Campus MLK Spirit Award. MSW students Kareem Isaac, Rhianna Womack, Ataia Templeton and Kyra Smith accepted the award on behalf of BRHP; they would also like to credit alumni Joseph “Jojo” Pearson-Green, MSW ’23, and Syncere Ellis, MSW ’23, who were on the leadership team last semester.

    BRHP aspires to organize, educate, mobilize and empower Black students to work for transformative changes on campus, neighborhood and communities. Their focus is to nourish and cultivate the fighting spirits, critical consciousness and aesthetics of Black students.

    The Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award program honors undergraduates, graduate students, and student groups on Central Campus who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    So’Phelia Morrow Writes in the New York Amsterdam News About Abuse and Finding Hope

    PhD student So’Phelia Morrow describes in a New York Amsterdam News editorial how seeing a squirrel chasing a butterfly sparked hope and inspired her to leave an abusive partner.

    “The moment lasted only a second, but it was long enough for me to receive the message,” she wrote. “Although I never thought much about butterflies before, at that moment, I saw it as hope. I laughed to myself. Hope was flying in front of me. Change was going to come.”

    Three MSW Students Are Finalists for the Michigan Health Equity Challenge

    MSW students Wolfgang Bahr, Sarah Shimizu and L Tantay have all had projects selected for the Michigan Health Equity Challenge, which provides support for U-M grad students working with community-based organizations in developing multidisciplinary initiatives that address health care inequities.

    Bahr and MPH student Irving Suarez are developing a program for Latin American immigrants to address heart disease through stress management and community health leadership initiatives.

    Shimizu and Tantay’s project focuses on improving LGBTQIA+ communities through capacity building training and direct mental health funding for LGBTQA+ Detroiters of color.

    MSW Students Maryam Syed and Maretta DeWitt Named Dow Sustainability Fellows

    MSW students Maryam Syed and Maretta DeWitt have been named as Dow Sustainability Fellow by the Graham Institute. Designed to support the next generation of sustainability leaders in business, government, and nonprofits, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program is among the most prestigious and productive graduate programs at U-M. Fellows are selected through a competitive process from a pool of applicants nominated by their academic units.

    Joonyoung Cho Named a 2024 Grand Challenges Doctoral Fellow. Rita Hu Receives an Honorable Mention

    PhD student Joonyoung Cho has been named a 2024 Grand Challenges Doctoral Fellow. His project “Contact Frequency with Children Following Relocation Later in Life: Do Contact Modes and Proximity to a Child Matter?” addresses the Grand Challenge to Eradicate Social Isolation. These fellowships work to broaden the pipeline of social workers equipped for and committed to tackling and surmounting the Grand Challenges. PhD student Rita Hu received an honorable mention for her project “The Role of Social Relationships in The Internalization and Consequence of Self-Perceptions of Aging Across the Life Span.”

    • December 20, 2023
    MSW Student Kevin Nguyen Appointed to Michigan’s New LGBTQ+ Commission

    MSW student Kevin Nguyen has been appointed as an inaugural member of Michigan’s new LGBTQ+ Commission. Created by an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the commission is responsible for reviewing, developing, and recommending policies focused on preventing discrimination against LGBTQ+ Michiganders. Nguyen also serves as a member of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

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    So’Phelia Morrow Named a 2023 Public Voices Fellow on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls

    PhD student So’Phelia Morrow has been named a 2023 Public Voices Fellow on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls. The US-based fellowship is part of The OpEd Project’s Public Voices initiative to include women’s voices in writing history and Equality Now’s mission to create a fair and just world for women and girls. During the year-long program, participants receive mentorship to effectively communicate their ideas and learn how to work with media outlets.

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