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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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Business and Community | July 10, 2020

Placements provide students vital experience as they serve at more than 60 local agencies.

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People | May 1, 2020

From UNLV Magazine's spring 2020 issue.

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People | April 6, 2020

The proud UNLV alum and supporter died Friday.

Campus News | March 22, 2020

Top of the List: Seeking help whenever you need it.

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People | February 24, 2020

Las Vegas was a surprise home for Katherine Marcal. Now she’s working to ensure individuals experiencing homelessness have a pathway to a new life.

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People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

Social Work In The News

April 10, 2020

The number of homeless people in the US will see a “staggering and unprecedented” increase because of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the economy, experts have warned. Some say without an “astronomical” response by the government, the numbers could double.

The Independent
April 10, 2020

Without ‘astronomical’ government intervention totals could double

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
November 26, 2019

A new UNLV class is placing students in the middle of crime scenes.

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 7, 2019

The solution to homelessness in the Las Vegas valley continues to be heavily debated. Is the answer found in the need for more affordable housing? Or more mental health services?

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
October 30, 2019

A unique class at UNLV simulates crime scenes to give students real-world experience. The program is relatively new and aims to build confidence and introduce potential career choices.

Fox News
October 22, 2019

Shawn McDougall said he served four years in the Army before he became a Marine.

“I served in Iraq and Afghanistan, also Okinawa and Thailand,” McDougall said.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

May 18, 2020
While we can't be together for the annual Campus Life Top Tier Awards this year, please join us in recognizing this year's nominees and winners. These awards span the different values of the Campus Life cluster including social justice, student and staff development, student engagement, economic viability, infrastructure, academic impact,...
May 14, 2020
Vicky Albert (Social Work) and Jaewon Lim (Public Policy and Leadership) recently published an article in the Sustainability Journal. In their article "Spatial Analyses of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Its Responsiveness to Labor Market Performance and Policies during the 2008 Recession," they developed a responsiveness index which...
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological...
November 26, 2019
Vanessa Núñez, Esmeralda C. Cruz Lopez (both Sociology), and Mariana Sarmiento Hernández (Social Work), along with former sociology faculty-in-residence Anna C. Smedley, published an article in the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal titled, “La Lucha Sigue: Making the Case for Institutional Support of ...
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...