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Thoughts for a Changing World

Jane Addams, the founder of professional social work, said, “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”

As we choose our individual and collective responses to a changing world, we share one voice in our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment that does not discriminate on any basis and to the importance of high-quality intervention research and applied science to inform the questions of our time.

Addams’s words call us to respond to each challenge with deep empathy, vigorous advocacy and clear thinking. The clients and communities we serve deserve our deepest commitment and our best work, today and every day. The faculty, staff and students of the UNC School of Social Work stand with those we serve. We will bring the best we have to offer to promote equity, inclusion and justice for all.

In The News

Five alumni of the UNC School of Social Work have been named as recipients of the School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Dean Gary L. Bowen presented the awards during the School’s 2017 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, in UNC’s Memorial Hall.

Meet the recipients:

Sharon Warren Cook serves as dean of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has also served as a professor and administrator at North Carolina A T University. She is a 1995 graduate of the School’s MSW program.

UNC School of Social Work is proud to announce the graduation of 127 Master of Social Work students and seven doctoral students on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Commencement weekend activities include receptions for our MSW and Ph.D. students on Friday evening, a brunch for our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients on Saturday morning and our graduation ceremony at Memorial Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Ronald L. Mangum, a member of our faculty since 1998, will present the commencement speech. He is a clinical assistant professor with our Behavioral Health Springboard program and leads training for North Carolina’s certified peer support specialist program.

You’re invited to join UNC School of Social Work on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for a public lecture by Larry Davis, Ph.D. — “Racism in American: A Call to Action for Social Workers.”

Davis is dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and author of “Why Are They Angry With Us?” Learn more about this event.

UNC School of Social Work recognizes faculty and staff excellence with its annual recognition awards. Each award winner receives a plaque and a cash prize, and all recipients are featured on an awards display panel in the School’s lobby. Meet our recognition award winners for 2017.


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