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School of Social Work News

The programs offered by the School of Social Work strive to instill values of social and economic justice, respect and worth of others, cultural diversity, and self-determination. We also foster a strengths-based environment that emphasizes openness, collaboration, and engagement striving towards individual and community resiliency.

Current Social Work News

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People | February 20, 2024

UNLV vice president's preschool revolt was the start of her career in government affairs. She presents at Grad College event Feb. 22.

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Campus News | December 4, 2023

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

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Campus News | May 16, 2023

News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

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People | May 11, 2023

The Class of 2023 shares how UNLV helped them find their paths to success.

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Campus News | May 5, 2023

President Keith E. Whitfield continues decades-long commencement tradition, honoring 10 students who embody the academic, research, and community tenacity of the graduating class.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

Social Work In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 22, 2023

After the Henderson Police Department started enforcing a public camping ban that passed in June, arrests of homeless people were not significantly higher than the last two years, according to city records.

December 11, 2023

In order to identify the areas that care the most, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 38 key indicators of a compassionate spirit.

November 21, 2023

With Thanksgiving upon us, most of us are preparing to gather with loved ones. And some of us … may not be looking forward to it.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 23, 2023

Copeland, like many other unsheltered locals who sleep on Las Vegas streets, alleys or sidewalks face possible arrest under a camping ban the city implemented in 2020.

October 16, 2023

When both mothers and fathers in low-income families are responsive to the needs of their children, good things happen, a recent study found.

Nevada Independent
August 27, 2023

Nevada’s unhoused population has grown, but experts say statistics don't give an accurate view of the complex nature of homelessness.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

December 1, 2023
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) was reappointed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), "the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world,” to be a member of its Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Specialty Practice Section (SPS) Committee. Her term has been extended to 2025. Her article, "Gaming…
September 27, 2023
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) gave a presentation, "Five Treatment Needs of Male Adolescents and Young Adults with Gaming Disorder," on September 22, 2023, at the Digital Media and Developing Minds International Scientific Congress, Washington, D.C. The five treatment needs are themes generated from a qualitative study and aim to serve as a starting…
June 20, 2023
The UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs hosted an award and scholarship ceremony on April 26, 2023. The following individuals received Faculty in Excellence Awards. Excellence in Teaching Award - Lawrence Mullen, School of Public Policy and Leadership   Excellence in Research Award - Nicholas Barr, School of Social Work  Excellence in…
April 23, 2023
An-Pyng Sun's (Social Work) article, "Gaming Disorder among Adolescents and its Treatment: Five Strategies," recently appeared in the National Association of Social Workers' ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs) newsletter, 2023 Spring/Summer issue. The strategies highlighted in the article include: 1. Consider gaming disorder a bona fide…
January 20, 2023
Matthew Gyger (Social Work), Stephanie Borene (Educational Outreach), Ramona Denby (Social Work), and Sara Hunt (Medicine), along with Efren Gomez from the University of Michigan and Amanda Klein-Cox from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-authored the paper, "Using SBIRT (Screen, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)…
December 5, 2022
A paper by An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Hilarie Cash (reSTART Life), Lawrence Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), and Cosette Rae (reSTART Life), "Factors Related to the Occurrence of and Recovery from Gaming Disorder: A Qualitative Study," was recently accepted to Technology, Mind, and Behavior (an American Psychological Association journal) for…