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School of Social Work News

The School of Social Work strives to instill the values of social and economic justice, respect and worth of others, cultural diversity, and self-determination. In addition, it fosters a strengths-based environment that emphasizes openness, collaboration, and engagement striving towards individual and community resiliency.

Current Social Work News

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Campus News | October 26, 2020

'We Need to Talk' discussion series continues. Tune into the next episode Oct. 29.

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People | October 20, 2020

Former Marine and College of Urban Affairs Alumnus of the Year has fought to get help for Nevada's veterans seeking educational opportunities.

Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

Educational series explores issues on race and seeks solutions for a more inclusive society.

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Business and Community | August 24, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, UNLV social work professor Nicholas Barr stresses importance of keeping people housed.

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Campus News | July 14, 2020

Urban Affairs’ Advising Center Crafts Remote Infrastructure in Response to Pandemic

Social Work In The News

Money Geek
December 1, 2020

Our low-income rental market and homeless services systems are really strapped right now. We already had a shortage of affordable housing for low-income Americans, and that has only gotten worse as the market tightens. The eviction moratorium and mortgage forbearance included in the CARES Act have delayed some displacement, but we still see increased demand for lower-cost rental units and extremely high levels of demand for homelessness prevention and homeless services. We will need robust, long-term investment in the low-income housing market to support renters at risk for homelessness and landlords at risk for foreclosure.

Nevada Current
November 16, 2020

Taisacan Hall should have been excited about moving into her first apartment in the spring.

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 13, 2020

The Southern Nevada Youth Homeless Summit kicks off Friday morning, and this year’s virtual event will address the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable youth and the role racism plays in perpetuating youth homelessness.

Public News Service
September 2, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it would temporarily halt evictions for some Americans struggling to pay their rent due to the pandemic. The order will apply to Americans who qualified under the CARES Act, which covered individuals who earn less than $99,000 a year. The move came one day after Nevada extended by 45-days its own moratorium on evictions.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
August 28, 2020

Nevadans are bracing for the end of the eviction moratorium on September 1.

Reno Gazette-Journal
August 27, 2020

Those on the front lines of a pandemic housing crisis that could leave a quarter of a million southern Nevadans without homes next month say the solution is federal funding and an extension of the state’s soon-expiring eviction moratorium.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

March 2, 2021
Katherine E. Marçal (Social Work) published an article, "Housing Insecurity and adolescent Well-being: Relationships with Child Welfare and Criminal Justice Involvement" in Child Abuse & Neglect. With co-author Kathryn Maguire-Jack (University of Michigan), Marçal investigated the roles of contact with the child welfare and criminal justice...
January 15, 2021
Katherine E. Marcal (Social Work) published an article, "Pathways to Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Problems: An Examination of Maternal Depression and Harsh Parenting," in Child Abuse & Neglect. The study leveraged a large, longitudinal survey of families across the U.S. to investigate whether harsh parenting mediated the links between...
December 2, 2020
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Lawrence J. Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), along with Hilarie Cash and Cosette Rae of the reSTART Life program, recently published an article, "Internet Addiction, Identity Distress, and Depression among Male Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adults: A Qualitative Study," in Future Review: International Journal...
November 6, 2020
Melva Thompson-Robinson, Jennifer Pharr, Marya Shegog (all Public Health) and Sandra Owens, along with Philip Danquah (Public Health alumni) presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo on the topic: HIV risk behaviors associated with the willingness to take PrEP among young university students in the United States 
October 29, 2020
Katherine E. Marçal (Social Work) published an article, "Understanding Mechanisms Driving Family Homeless Shelter Use and Child Mental Health," in Journal of Social Service Research. This community-based system dynamics study explored barriers to timely, successful shelter exit and feedback mechanisms driving length of stay and child mental health...
October 9, 2020
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) published an article, "Demographic and Socioeconomic Predictors of Behavioral Trajectories from Age 3 to 15: A Longitudinal Mixed Effects Approach," in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. This study used a large, nationally representative sample of at-risk families to investigate the effects of a range of...