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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

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | April 6, 2021

Here's why members of the campus community are excited to receive the new vaccine.

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Campus News | October 26, 2020

'We Need to Talk' discussion series continues. Tune into the next episode Oct. 29.

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People | October 20, 2020

Former Marine and College of Urban Affairs Alumnus of the Year has fought to get help for Nevada's veterans seeking educational opportunities.

Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

Educational series explores issues on race and seeks solutions for a more inclusive society.

Social Work In The News

The Cowboy Channel
May 28, 2021

Vegas Stronger, the Las Vegas Nonprofit, has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to provide tracking of outcomes for clients that are treated by the organization for opioid-use disorders.

EIN Presswire
May 26, 2021

Vegas Stronger, the Las Vegas Nonprofit, has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to provide tracking of outcomes for clients that are treated by the organization for opioid-use disorders.

May 19, 2021

Las Vegas-area health experts hosted a discussion on mental health in BIPOC communities. Newly-signed Raiders defensive tackle Solomon Thomas joined the discussion at the Pearson Community Center Tuesday evening.

May 13, 2021

Opulence and eye-catching neon lights dominate the Las Vegas landscape, but just beneath the glitter lies a much different, dour place. While tourists pack the Strip, people experiencing homelessness crowd the nearby storm tunnels — and COVID-19 has upped the ante.

Money Geek
December 1, 2020

Our low-income rental market and homeless services systems are really strapped right now. We already had a shortage of affordable housing for low-income Americans, and that has only gotten worse as the market tightens. The eviction moratorium and mortgage forbearance included in the CARES Act have delayed some displacement, but we still see increased demand for lower-cost rental units and extremely high levels of demand for homelessness prevention and homeless services. We will need robust, long-term investment in the low-income housing market to support renters at risk for homelessness and landlords at risk for foreclosure.

Nevada Current
November 16, 2020

Taisacan Hall should have been excited about moving into her first apartment in the spring.

Social Work Experts

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

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...
March 2, 2021
Katherine E. Marçal (Social Work) published an article, "Housing Insecurity and adolescent Well-being: Relationships with Child Welfare and Criminal Justice Involvement" in Child Abuse & Neglect. With co-author Kathryn Maguire-Jack (University of Michigan), Marçal investigated the roles of contact with the child welfare and criminal justice...
January 15, 2021
Katherine E. Marcal (Social Work) published an article, "Pathways to Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Problems: An Examination of Maternal Depression and Harsh Parenting," in Child Abuse & Neglect. The study leveraged a large, longitudinal survey of families across the U.S. to investigate whether harsh parenting mediated the links between...
December 2, 2020
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Lawrence J. Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), along with Hilarie Cash and Cosette Rae of the reSTART Life program, recently published an article, "Internet Addiction, Identity Distress, and Depression among Male Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adults: A Qualitative Study," in Future Review: International Journal...
November 6, 2020
Melva Thompson-Robinson, Jennifer Pharr, Marya Shegog (all Public Health) and Sandra Owens, along with Philip Danquah (Public Health alumni) presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo on the topic: HIV risk behaviors associated with the willingness to take PrEP among young university students in the United States 
October 29, 2020
Katherine E. Marçal (Social Work) published an article, "Understanding Mechanisms Driving Family Homeless Shelter Use and Child Mental Health," in Journal of Social Service Research. This community-based system dynamics study explored barriers to timely, successful shelter exit and feedback mechanisms driving length of stay and child mental health...