Spring 2021
The University of Louisville's online Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program is designed for working social worker professionals who are ready to become future practitioner scholars in teaching and leadership in order to take on more advanced professional roles such as leadership positions within social service organizations and educators in schools of social work.
The Kent School of Social Work, Champions for Change Awards and Recognition event honors our community partners, alumni, donors, and scholarship recipients. This year the event was virtual. An address was given by President Neeli Bendapudi, Dean David Jenkins, Dr. Anita Barbee, Kent Field Education Director Lynetta Matthis, and MSSW student Wanida Sommersell. Read more.
Thank you to those that were able to participate in the Kent School’s Social Work Week celebration! The event recordings and resources are available online for those who were unable to attend, so that you can still participate. Read more.
As part of its mission to be an anti-oppressive School, the Kent School of Social Work is dedicated to promoting anti-racism in all its endeavors, including service, research, teaching, practice, policies, and climate.
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!
Laura Jones graduated from the Kent School in 2016. She is currently employed as a Manager, in the Oncology Restorative Health and Wellness Program, and is a Sexual Health Therapist at the UofL Health Brown Cancer Center. She is also a Group Facilitator at Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana. Read more.
KFW featured Kent School alumni, Dr. Renee Campbell, and her journey to truth about her grandmother's death in 1940 during Women's History Month.
Louisville Alumni sat down with Jaydee to learn more about how UofL has impacted her life. Read more.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, concern was raised by Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (DV/SA) organizations regarding the safety of survivors of abuse sheltering with abusive partners and experiencing heightened isolation from support networks. Human service agencies were also forced to quickly adapt their service delivery systems to digital platforms in respond to evolving client needs and shifting community landscapes.
The purpose of 4 Your Child was to assist non-resident fathers act on their intentions to positively impact their children’s growth and development by increasing their capacity for paternal involvement. The 4 Your Child program served non-resident fathers ages 16 and up.
The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Mindset inventory (CVBHM) was designed to protect consumers and workers by assessing biosafety risk through acceptance of responsibility for the protection of oneself and others, social distancing, and adhering to prevention measures. The 30-item inventory was evaluated in two surveys of 1,455 and 431 respondents. The CVBHM has strong internal consistency, test-retest reliability and predictive validity with the criterion of wearing a facemask. The CVBHM was a stronger predictor of safe behavior than other individual differences, although employment status, vocational interest, personality, and demographics were related. There was a drop in CVBHM scores over the study period, with predictable exceptions. Read more.
Kyee Young received her MSW from Spalding University and started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in 2018.  Learn more about Kyee, her experience in the doctoral program, and her research interests in this Q & A interview. Read more.
Chyna Angelini, a MSSW student from Louisville, KY, began as a psychology major when she graduated from her undergraduate program. However, after talking to mentors, and her research lab manager she soon discovered that social work aligned more with her professional goals. “I was known to be “passionate,” “an advocate,” and to “speak up” when I notice issues.”  Read More
Talynn Johnson, a BSW student and junior from Hopkinsville, KY chose to study social work because she thought it was the perfect fit for her. “I watched a show on Netflix called Girls Incarcerated, and it focused on a juvenile detention center in Indiana. Seeing how much the young ladies’ social worker impacted their time during and after incarceration inspired me. So, the more I looked into social work, the more I found myself wanting to become a social worker!” 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. Continue Reading.
Part time faculty member, Carl Enoch, has taught at the Kent School for 10 years. This semester he is teaching two online sections of Social Policy, a section of BSW Field Seminar, and is serving as a Field Liaison.  Read more
The University of Louisville will resume in-person commencement exercises in May with outdoor events at Cardinal Stadium that will celebrate both 2021 and 2020 graduates. The ceremonies will also be live streamed. The Kent School graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm ET for 2020 and May 2021 graduates. Learn more.
The attached flyer was produced by SW students in Dr. Kimberly Frierson's SW 603 class: John Griffin, Christie Flock, Emily Garver, Jarrod Foushee, and Sophia Douglas. It contains information and actions to combat anti-Asian violence and discrimination, which has increased since the on start of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, resources related to the rise in anti-Asian hate are also available on the Kent School website. Read more
Send Kent School news, events and announcements for the next newsletter to the editor, Diandre Glover-Thomas, MA, Director of School Marketing & Communications