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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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Research | May 26, 2022

Class tackles taboos to help future social workers to factually and professionally discuss sex.


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Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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People | April 14, 2022

Matthews, a social work major and a member of the Honors College, is one of just 58 students nationwide to win the highly coveted award. 

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Campus News | March 29, 2022

UNLV Boyd Law School has 13 top 100 programs, including No. 1 ranking for legal writing. 

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Business and Community | March 25, 2022

Latest episode in series presented by UNLV Libraries and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs will examine the hub of Las Vegas’ diverse Latinx communities and its significance in Nevada’s historical timeline.

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Campus News | March 9, 2022

Through targeting hiring, the director of the School of Social Work is helping guide UNLV's work to address homelessness, interpersonal violence, and other issues in the region.

Social Work In The News

Las Vegas Sun
April 19, 2022

Before Nathalie Martinez graduated from UNLV in 2021, she worked as a student oral historian for the Latinx Voices Project, collecting oral stories in English and Spanish about the eastside of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Sun
April 19, 2022

Before Nathalie Martinez graduated from UNLV in 2021, she worked as a student oral historian for the Latinx Voices Project, collecting oral stories in English and Spanish about the eastside of Las Vegas.

KSNV-TV: News 3
April 16, 2022

A UNLV junior has been awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for 2022.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
April 15, 2022

One of Nevada’s very own recently won a prestigious scholarship, allowing her to fight for others suffering from substance abuse.

Las Vegas Sun
March 30, 2022

U.S. News & World Report recognized 23 UNLV programs, including 13 from the William S. Boyd School of Law, in its annual list of top graduate and professional schools.

Nevada Independent
January 18, 2022

The night wind is cold and sharp in winter, cutting through whatever worn down clothing you may have. During summer, the heat presses down on you like an unyielding weight from which there is minimal reprieve. Meanwhile, the overwhelming entertainment cocktail of bright lights, beautiful showgirls, and fantastic dining rooms draws most potentially sympathetic eyes — and many would rather look away, anyhow. This is life for an unhoused person in Las Vegas. 

Social Work Experts

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An expert in child welfare and foster care systems, family homelessness, and child mental health.
An expert on child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and sexual violence.
A licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma treatment.

Recent Social Work Accomplishments

March 31, 2022
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) wrote an article, "Expand What We Have, Enhance What We Lack: The Critical and Unique Roles of Social Workers in Helping Individuals with Substance Use Disorders," for the 2022 spring/summer newsletter of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Specialty Practice Section of the National Association of Social Workers.
December 3, 2021
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) and Hilarie Cash (reSTART Life) recently gave a presentation, "Internet Addiction and Identity Distress among Male Adolescents and Young Adults" at the NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, 2021 annual conference (virtual).
December 2, 2021
William W. Sullivan (CAEO) and Esther Langston (Social Work and CAEO) will be inducted in Historical Westside Legacy Park on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. Langston and Sullivan are educational and community pioneers. The park will include plaques with historic information on those people honored there. The park is located at 1600 Mount Mariah Drive in Las…
October 5, 2021
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) was awarded a one-year "Research to Action" grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with Co-PI Jennifer Mortensen of UNR. The project partners with the Nevada Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families to conduct a statewide…
September 28, 2021
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) was recently appointed by the National Association of Social Workers to be a member of its Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Specialty Practice Section Committee. The group is the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. The appointment is a two-year term.
September 20, 2021
Katherine Marcal (Social Work) published an article in Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The study applied strucutral equation modeling with latent variables to investigate whether housing insecurity mediated the link from intimate partner violence exposure in childhood to behavior problems in adolescence in a sample of at-risk children. Findings…