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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

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

UNLV students in red caps/gowns hugging at commencement
Campus News | December 17, 2019

UNLV president Marta Meana will highlight four graduating students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the Class of 2019.

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

A woman in a red and black dress stands next to the College of Urban Affairs sign
People | October 23, 2019

Graduate College Alumna of the Year Constance Brooks has served public policy in stints with Clark County, NSHE, and MGM Resorts.

Nicholas Barr poses on UNLV's campus, his work focuses on homeless young adults and military service members.
People | October 14, 2019

Mindful of the needs of homeless youth, the social work professor has created a program to help.

portrait of woman
People | June 26, 2019

The UNLV Medical School and its students have been among the beneficiaries.

Social Work In The News

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 26, 2019

A new UNLV class is placing students in the middle of crime scenes.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 7, 2019

The solution to homelessness in the Las Vegas valley continues to be heavily debated. Is the answer found in the need for more affordable housing? Or more mental health services?

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
October 30, 2019

A unique class at UNLV simulates crime scenes to give students real-world experience. The program is relatively new and aims to build confidence and introduce potential career choices.

Fox News
October 22, 2019

Shawn McDougall said he served four years in the Army before he became a Marine.

“I served in Iraq and Afghanistan, also Okinawa and Thailand,” McDougall said.

El Tiempo
July 15, 2019

The feet in the grass, the smell of the flowers, the breeze brushing the face and neck, the river water falling heavily on the back. These are some of the examples of how nature can acquire a sexual and sensual dimension. Jennifer J. Reed, a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas, spoke with EL TIEMPO to explain the concept of ecosexuality.

The Nevada Independent
May 13, 2019

Some staff members need a bullhorn to corral students through congested high school hallways and exit points. Not Lionel Stoxstell.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

November 26, 2019
Vanessa Núñez, Esmeralda C. Cruz Lopez (both Sociology), and Mariana Sarmiento Hernández (Social Work), along with former sociology faculty-in-residence Anna C. Smedley, published an article in the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal titled, “La Lucha Sigue: Making the Case for Institutional Support of ...
November 14, 2018
Donica’ Beckett (Public Health), Philip Danquah (Social Work), Johanna Andrews (Public Health), Melva Thompson-Robinson (Public Health), Carolee Dodge Francis (Education). Presented a research poster, "Perspectives of Vulnerability to Sexual Risk Behaviors among Self-Identified Heterosexual African American College Students Enrolled In Jefferson...
October 18, 2018
The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West served as co-sponsors of the American Planning Association Nevada Chapter Annual State Conference earlier this month. As such, many UNLV faculty members presented their research on critical policy areas for our state through various conference sessions.  Robert Lang and William Brown (The Lincy...
August 15, 2018
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) is the author of Treating Addictions: The Four Components, a book published by Routledge in July. It is based on her ACQS model of the four essential components of treatment: addiction fundamentals (A) co-occurring disorders (C) quality of life (Q) social and macro factors (S) After an introduction discussing the...
November 15, 2017
The School of Social Work participates in Nevada Partnership for Training (NPT) along with UNR, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Washoe County Social Services (WCSS), and Clark County Department of Family Services (CCDFS), to develop and support the child welfare workforce.  Earlier this year, DCFS increased the grant...
October 24, 2017
Allison Slaughter  (Social Work) has been awarded a fellowship via the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program-Youth. The master's level fellowship is designed to enhance the cultural competency of social work students. Recipients must be committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents, and...