UNLV Creates 2016 Speaker Ramona Denby-Brinson, School of Social Work

The fourth annual UNLV Creates occurred at the Thomas & Mack Center during Welcome Day on Aug. 26, 2016. UNLV Creates is the annual academic welcoming ceremony which provides for new students and their families a formal and engaging event that welcomes them to the university, educates them about the transformative opportunities of a college degree, and highlights faculty creativity, inspiration, and discovery. Jacob Thompson was the 2016’s Keynote Speaker. He is Director of the Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum & Associate Professor-in-Residence in the department of communication studies in the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. Among the speakers included: Ramona Denby-Brinson, Professor in the UNLV School of Social Work at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs; Ernesto Abel-Santos, Professor of Biochemistry and Anjala S. Krishen, Professor of Marketing. Video courtesy of UNLV-TV, which is housed in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. Learn more about the speakers: http://www.unlv.edu/news/article/what-i-most-want-freshman-know About Ramona Denby-Brinson: Ramona Denby-Brinson is the senior resident scholar of social services with The Lincy Institute and professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs School of Social Work. She is an expert in child welfare, children’s mental health, juvenile justice, and culturally specific delivery of social services. A staunch community advocate, Denby-Brinson has used her research to inspire change and as outreach to build capacity in community programs and services for vulnerable populations. She is the recipient of multiple research and outreach grants and has been awarded the prestigious Harry Reid Silver State Research Award in 2014 and the Clark County Child Welfare Advocate of the Year in 2015. About UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs: The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields, all focused in some way on applying theory to the solving of real-world problems. The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs houses the following departments and schools: - Communication Studies - Criminal Justice - School of Public Policy and Leadership - Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies - Marriage and Family Therapy - School of Social Work The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs’ Mission and Goals: The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs (GCUA) is dedicated to the personal and academic development of its students. Undergraduate study in the college emphasizes improvement of the quality of urban life through preparing students for professional practice in each of its disciplines. This is accomplished by participating in a dynamic partnership of interdisciplinary learning, service, and scholarship that is founded on active collaboration among students, faculty, professionals, and community members. The graduate programs emphasize the application of theory in professional practice to address the issues and problems of urban life. The GCUA faculty seeks to advance the theoretical and applied body of knowledge of its disciplines, and the improvement of public policy and professional practices.