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  1. Terri L. Friedline
    Terri Friedline’s Research on Postal Banking Featured in The Conversation

    Associate Professor Terri Friedline discusses her research in The Conversation on how postal banking could provide a financial lifeline to the millions of Americans without a bank account.

    According to data, 24% of U.S. census tracts  have neither a community bank nor a credit union branch, leaving 21 million people "underbanked." The lack of affordable banking creates real hardships that disproportionately hurt low-income Americans and communities of color. Without a bank account, people pay higher fees and interest rates, have a harder time building credit history and are less able to get mortgages and other kinds of loans, writes Friedline.

  2. William Elliott III
    William Elliott in MarketWatch on the Importance of Assets in Addressing Wealth Inequality

    Professor William Elliott III spoke with MarketWatch about the role children's savings accounts can play in countering racial wealth inequality. "Education in itself will never reduce wealth inequality in America, it can be a part of it and it's really important, but if we're talking about inequality, you've got to have wealth and start off with assets," he said. "But unless the government, philanthropists and others provide a significant amount of money, the accounts won't narrow the gulf in wealth between Black and white and rich and poor households."

    Centennial Lamp Post Banners on Campus

    In celebration of our centennial, lamp post banners have been installed on campus. Look for the banners featuring "The Right View," a sculpture created by Washington Color School painter Sam Gilliam on commission by the School of Social Work in 1998, on South and East University Avenues.

    • July 9, 2021
  4. Jaclynn M. Hawkins
    Jaclynn Hawkins Awarded R21 Research Grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

    Assistant Professor Jaclynn Hawkins received an R21 research grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases entitled "Diabetes Self-Management Intervention for African American Men." The goal of this project is to develop and preliminarily validate the effectiveness of an adapted Peer Leader Diabetes Self-Management Support intervention designed to improve diabetes-related self-management behaviors in Black men with Type 2 Diabetes.

    • July 9, 2021
  5. Robert Joseph  Taylor
    Robert Taylor Honored with James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America

    Professor Robert Joseph Taylor has received the James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America. This award recognizes outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging. "I was overjoyed when I was informed that I had received the inaugural James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award," said Taylor. "James Jackson was my mentor and he always stressed the importance of mentoring students and junior faculty and including them in his work. I view mentoring as my way of acknowledging James' legacy and ‘paying forward' the investment that he made in me."

    "Robert Taylor is a dedicated mentor who has provided resources to advance the careers of dozens, maybe even hundreds, of social work and social science scholars in the U.S. He invests his time and wisdom and creates relationships and social networks that provide support and success throughout the careers of his mentees," said Dean Lynn Videka. "Of special note is the annual summer workshop for scholars who focus on diverse populations; these gatherings create lifelong networks of support for the attendees. Robert's investment in the mentorship of underrepresented scholars is an example of what makes Michigan Social Work great."

    • July 6, 2021
  6. Justin D. Hodge
    Justin Hodge on How Cannabis-based Taxes Can Support Equity Initiatives

    Clinical Assistant Professor and Washtenaw County Commissioner Justin Hodge was quoted in Concentrate on the county’s plans to use taxes from the rapidly growing legal cannabis industry to address racial inequity. The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners recently approved a budget amendment that will use all annual revenue from the marijuana excise tax, which is expected to produce $200,000 per year, to create equity-based programming initiatives. Hodge wants this budget amendment to help expand the county’s Racial Equity Office.

    “I’d like to see us grow that office to several more staff, so that they’re in the position to work intensely across the county to promote racial justice and equity initiatives,” Hodge said. “Some of that might look like doing trainings, doing audits of departments, providing resources in the community, and making sure that all of the initiatives coming out of every county department are approached through an anti-racism lens.”

  7. Ha Yeon Lee
    Hayeon Lee Successfully Defends Dissertation

    Hayeon Lee, Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Anthropology, has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Korea Dreaming: Vietnamese Women's Stories from the Marriage Migration Cycle.” Her committee consisted of Michael Spencer, Kelly Askew (co-chairs), Sandra Momper, Ruth Behar and Youngju Ryu.

    • July 1, 2021
    Summer Commencement is In-Person at Hill Auditorium

    Summer graduation will be held in person at Hill Auditorium with a livestream for those who can not attend. Family, friends, classmates and guests who are fully vaccinated may exempt from wearing a mask indoors by completing the ResponsiBLUE Guest daily screening process and voluntarily answering the applicable questions about vaccination status. The student speaker is LeDeanea Williams, MSW ‘21 and the keynote speaker is Kathy Tran, MSW ‘03 and Virginia House of Delegates Member, 42nd District. Details will be sent to graduates this week and will be posted on the SSW calendar.

    SSW Summer Commencement
    July 23, 2021, 2 - 3:30 PM
    • June 28, 2021
    Michigan Social Work Celebrates Pride Month

    As Pride Month draws to a close, The School of Social Work invites you to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ community. In the words of Jim Toy, MSW ‘81, “I know that gay stands for love, and that gay stands for life. Maybe that’s all I need to know, and that is all you need to know. So I ask you to come out. Come out for love, come out for life.” 

    Grab your friends and family and come celebrate Pride on the Diag. 

    Tentatively rescheduled for 7/10/2021, 1-3 PM
    The Diag
    913 S. University Avenue

    • June 25, 2021
  10. Change Kwesele
    Change Kwesele Successfully Defends Dissertation

    Change Kwesele, Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Psychology, has successfully defended her dissertation entitled “‘Shibukeni!’: Exploring the Mental Health Perceptions and Experiences of Young Adult Children of African Immigrants through the Lens of Sociocultural Influences.” Her committee consisted of Katie Richards-Schuster, Rona Carter (co-chairs), Jacqui Smith, Daicia Price and Moses Okumu.

    • June 24, 2021

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