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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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People | June 26, 2019

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

Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a discussion at the Bellagio in Las Vegas between former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Business and Community | April 25, 2019

Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.

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Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws in multiple disciplines to create a uniquely detailed scenario for students.

Jim Stelk talks to three students during the Urban Adventure class.
Campus News | April 25, 2019

Urban Adventure class draws on police, social workers, actors and more to make a complex scenario come to life for Urban Affairs students.

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Research | April 16, 2019

A new book by social work professor An-Pyng Sun walks readers through the roots of addiction and treatment.

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Business and Community | April 3, 2019

City resilience framework will focus on health and wellness, economy and society, infrastructure and environment, and leadership and strategy.

Social Work In The News

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.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 16, 2019

Juan Melendez said he spent exactly 17 years, eight months and one day on death row in Florida for a murder he did not commit. He received $100 in compensation, a pair of pants and a shirt upon his release into a much-changed society.

March 12, 2019

13 UNLV programs, including 8 from the William S. Boyd School of Law, ranked among the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report's annual collection of top graduate and professional schools.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 10, 2018

Ivet Aldaba-Valera was the first person in her family to graduate from both high school and college. The 33-year-old UNLV lecturer is now pursuing her Ph. D in public policy at the school and has used her degree in social work to engage with the young Latino and Latina community of Las Vegas.

July 18, 2017

People upset about the direction of the nation should be looking in the mirror instead of blaming politicians or the media, a UNLV professor contends in a new book. In “The Masses Are the Ruling Classes,” Professor William Epstein says the United States’ open society and near-universal suffrage have led to policies that are the product of mass consent and not imposed by a remote and out of control government.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

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...
October 13, 2017
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) and Hilarie Cash (reSTART Life) gave a presentation, "Factors Related to the Occurrence and Recovery of Internet Use Disorder," at NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals' 2017 annual conference in Denver in September,.