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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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President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates who have shown exemplary commitment to both the community and their studies.

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

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

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

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

Social Work In The News


By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether governments can ban the homeless from sleeping in public spaces. Homeless populations are growing nationwide, closing in on 1 million people total. On any given day, 6,000 people are homeless in Clark County. And the county says in a year, up to 16,000 people will be unsheltered. What happens, then, if the Supreme Court agrees with the ban, which sprung from an ordinance in Grants Pass, Oregon?

Las Vegas Review Journal

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.


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


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.


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

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.

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Recent Social Work Accomplishments

An-Pyng Sun (Social Work) was a panelist in the discussion group on social work and addictions on May 14, organized by the National Association of Social Workers. The discussion addressed the importance of social determinants of health and recovery capital in facilitating long-term addiction recovery. Social work's cardinal value on person–…
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…