December 2020
KENT SCHOOL NEWS
The Social Work Living Learning Community (LLC) brings together BSW students who want to pursue a career in social work and/or those who want to join supportive community agents. The LLC focuses on academic engagement, mentor support, peer connections and student involvement. It will offer opportunities to develop a wide range of social, professional and community experiences. 
The well being of African American faculty and students at predominantly white postsecondary institutions, police shootings of Black males, social work practice, and the African American church are considered areas of research Dr. Sharon Moore is most passionate. It is from these interests the idea of the Peace Quilt was born. Dr. Sharon Moore proposed the idea to endow a doctoral scholarship for anti-racism research. Read more.
Congratulations Kent School of Social Work Class of 2020! We are proud of your accomplishments and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, here and beyond. UofL Virtual Commencement was held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 4pm. You can still visit the University Commencement website to see all our Kent School graduates.
ALUMNI NEWS
Kent Alumni on the Move

Kent Alumni are actively working and involved in our community. Learn more about what fellow alumni are doing to make a difference, upcoming events and alumni news.! .
On Sept.13, 2020, UofL alumna Amirage Saling (’12, ’19) passed away at the age of 52. Saling, the first transgender person to carry a school/college banner at a UofL commencement ceremony, received her education later in life, but she proved to be an admirable pillar of the community that illuminated the Kent School of Social Work with joy, according to those who knew her. Read more.
“Thankful for her fulfilling career in social work and the education that made it possible, Gail Hart, MSSW gives back to the University of Louisville so future students can have the same opportunities.” Reflecting on her fulfilling and varied career as a social worker, Gail Hart was most deeply affected by her work in elementary schools. "Young children are so trusting and so vulnerable," she notes. "You feel a very special desire to protect them."
Jennifer Kendrick, MSSW graduated from the Kent School in 2011 with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (now Couple and Family Therapy). Kendrick is currently employed by Sage Support Services/True North Counseling as a Family Therapist and Positive Behavior Support Specialist. She is also a part time faculty member at Kent.
RESEARCH
Dr. Sunshine Rote's project "Dementia and Physical Disablement Processes among Aging Latinos,” is funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Small Grant Program. It examines how the Mexican-origin population faces late life with an elevated risk for dementia due to racial/ethnic inequality in the U.S. At the same time, demographic and social shifts are making it challenging for families to provide the needed care to older family members living with dementia. The Mexican-origin population is one of the fastest growing segments of the aging population. Read more.
Dr. Marissa Yingling's article was published in the October 2020 issue of the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing failures of the for-profit health insurance system in the USA. This social commentary briefly reviews short-term policies that have been enacted to address immediate health insurance needs during the pandemic as well as long-term policies that have been implemented and proposed to solve the shortcomings of this system. Read more.
Kent Professor, Dr. Sharon Moore, was recently a panelist on a national social work teach-in on police brutality as a form of structural racism. The event was hosted by #SWEduActs, a national group of faculty interested in creating more equitable and just social work educational practices, and Fordham University GSS on October 27th. 
Dr. Andrew Winters was recently a guest on an episode of the Child Welfare Information Gateway podcast. The episode, "What Did Child Welfare Learn from 2020 - Caseworker Care" focuses on the lessons learned from 2020 on how caseworkers and supervisors can manage the stress of living and adapting to working during a pandemic. Listen to podcast.
The Progressive, an online and print magazine that focuses on social justice issues has recently published an article, “The Graying of Mass Incarceration,” in which Dr. Stephanie Grace Prost is quoted. The article also links to additional information regarding the Oak Study which she, Dr. Adrian Archuleta and Dr. Seana Golder conducted. You can read the article here.
This article co-written by Dr. Armon Perry and Deadric T. Williams, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Tennessee was recently published in the Milwaukee independent. It focuses on the far-reaching implications of law enforcement encounters for Black families. Read more.
STUDENTS IN ACTION
Kent MSSW student, Kayce Dallas, recently wrote an article that was published on the KY Youth Advocates website. You can read the article "Self-Care Is More Than Deep Breathing, Essential Oils, and Chocolate"
Kent MSSW students, Emily Burden and Kayce Dallas, recently wrote an article that was published on the KY Youth Advocates website. You can read the article "Understanding Trauma and Practicing Self-Care to Build Resiliency"
Kent MSSW student, Danielle Hempel, recently wrote an article that was published on the KY Youth Advocates website. You can read the article "Racial Disparities in Foster Care and Why it Matters for Kentucky Youth" Read more
FACULTY
Kent faculty are actively involved in the community as well as the classroom and are often featured in the news media, speak at conferences, involved in community projects, receive awards and more. This newsletter edition features: Drs. Emma Sterrett-Hong, Anna Faul, Martin Hall, Armon Perry, Laura Frey Bibhuti Sar, Stephanie Prost, and Shawnte West. Continue Reading.
Announcements
Winter Break
The University of Louisville is closed for Winter Break 12/21/2020 - 1/3/2021
Send Kent School news, events and announcements for the next newsletter to the editor, Diandre Glover-Thomas, MA, Communications Specialist