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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 | November 8, 2021

New partnership with the VA gets student veterans on-campus access to their military benefits and services.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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Campus News | October 12, 2021

Social work student mentors help veterans transition to campus life and conquer new challenges in the classroom.

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Campus News | August 25, 2021

From the pandemic to economic woes to social justice and beyond, the return to campus this semester is fraught with outside issues. Here's how faculty, staff, and students can help work through a year of trauma.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Social Work In The News

The 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. 

The Nevada Independent
November 19, 2021

Homelessness is an entrenched problem for thousands of people in the Las Vegas Valley each year.

Vegas PBS
November 17, 2021

Growing evidence shows that social media is harming the mental health of kids and teenagers. What can parents do to help?

October 21, 2021

Jake Crandall took a deep pull from his vape as a woman emerged from the darkness of Fremont Street and into the parking lot of the Desert Moon Motel. She gripped the final $20 she owed him.

Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2021

Jake Crandall took a deep pull from his vape as a woman emerged from the darkness of Fremont Street and into the parking lot of the Desert Moon Motel. She gripped the final $20 she owed him.

Money Geek
October 11, 2021

Regarding misconceptions, it is important to remind people that veterans (and folks experiencing homelessness more generally) are not homeless because they want to be.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

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…
May 20, 2021
Gabriela Buccini (Environmental & Occupational Health), Katherine Marcal (Social Work), and Krystyna A. Stave (Public Policy and Leadership) recently received a R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. As part of the award, the collaborators will…