Fall 2021
The Kent School of Social Work seeks to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff. Visit the new DEI web page to stay updated on resources, training, opportunities, and reports regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion at Kent. Visit the website.
Have you been looking for a t-shirt, sweater, shirt, or any other apparel with a University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work logo? We now have an online store available for you to purchase merchandise directly on your own. Visit the website.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Raise Some L- Day of Giving on October 19th-20th! This was a record breaking year for UofL having raise $2.9M from donors in all 50 states! In addition, we surpassed the university goal of 2,021 donors with a total of 2,459 donors university wide. Thank you for your support! We couldn’t have done it without you! Read more.
The MSSW Program hosted Kentucky State University students (pictured) on campus this Fall for a visitation day to learn more about the Kent School of Social Work and the MSSW Program. The visitation day was part of the HBCU Cardinal Express to Success initiative.The HBCU Cardinal Express to Success program is designed to increase the representation of students...Read more.
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!
The 2021 University of Louisville Alumni Fellow, for Kent School of Social Work is Dr. Michael A. Robinson '06,'10. Michael A. Robinson received his Master of Science in Social Work in 2006 and his Doctor of Philosophy in 2010, both from the University of Louisville Raymond a Kent School of Social Work. He received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University in 1988. Read more.
Tyler Swim graduated from the Kent School of Social of Work in 2012. He is a LCSW and is currently employed by JCPS as a Mental Health Practitioner. Tyler feels like the social work profession chose him and says, “being born with Neurofibromatosis and having back surgery at age 8, I always felt a calling to a helping profession.” What he enjoys most about his current position is that he is promoting change and hope, working with children, and that no two days are ever the same. Read more
DeShara Doub, MSSW featured in Today's Woman Magazine
DeShara Doub, MSSW, founder and chief executive officer of Vision of Promise LLC, a Louisville-based counseling and consulting agency was featured in the September issue of Today's Woman magazine (page 34) as the "2021 Way to Go Woman" winner in the category of Leadership. You can view the magazine here. Doub has been an active alumni volunteer, she was appointed to the University of Louisville Board of Directors. She also serves with the Kent School Alumni Council, the African American Alumni Council, and is a member of the Black Alumni Summit Planning Committee.
UofL Kent School faculty, Dr. Andrew Winters, Dr. Crystal Collins-Camargo, and Dr. Martin Hall are working in partnership with Volunteers of America (VOA) and DCBS to provide...Read more
Research Bytes provide a brief summary of the results of recently published research conducted by Kent School faculty in specific topical areas in easily digestible “bytes.” Links to the articles on each journal’s website for those who wish to investigate further are available.
By Rebecka Bloomer, Aishia A. Brown, Andrew M.Winters, Anna Domiray
Children and Youth Services Review 
Youth development research and practice have evolved significantly in the last forty years, as theoretical orientations shifted to reflect the focus on youth strengths and assets. While research on youth development...Read more.
Zoe Schaver, a MSCFT/MSSW double major, has lived her entire life in Louisville, apart from spending her undergraduate years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Zoe enjoys yoga and barre classes and attends Unity of Louisville. “If I had more time, I would love to be more active in student activist groups.” She chose to attend the Kent School of Social Work for several reasons. “My mom went to Kent and had great things to say! Also, I deeply love Louisville and wanted to attend school in my home city so that I could get more familiar with what social work looks like here.” Read More
BSW Student, Heather Lind, from Whitesburg, KY is currently a Junior in upper-division social work courses. She is actively involved with her children’s activities in marching band and soccer and loves cooking diverse culinary meals for family and friends. “Cooking is a big stress-reliever for me. My other hobbies include exercising any chance I get and just spending quality time with my family. My family is a big part of my life.” Read more
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. Congrats to Carl Enoch, Kent School part time faculty member, who received the award of.... Read more.
Part time faculty member, Shemika Whiteside, teaches SW 601 Human Behavior in the Social Environment and SW 668 Program Evaluation in Social Work. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Zora’s Cradle, a maternity program that provides essential services to homeless expectant mothers. Read more.
The University of Louisville plans to resume indoor, in-person commencement exercises Friday, December 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. This ceremony will celebrate August and December 2021 graduates. The ceremony will also be live streamed. Learn more.
Kent Faculty, Staff, and Students: Our thoughts are with all those who have experienced property destruction, houselessness, injury, missing loved ones, and loss of loved ones due to the unprecedented devastation caused by the tornadoes in Kentucky and surrounding states Saturday evening. No words can express the magnitude of the destruction and upheaval some in our state are experiencing as a result of this tragedy. The individuals, families, and communities affected will need our support in the days, months, and years to come. A list of organizations accepting donations to help those impacted can be found here. Read more
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