February 15, 2021
Pitt School of Social Work Weekly E-blast
CE receives Staunton Farm grant
Molly Burke Allwein LSW, Pitt School of Social Work’s director of professional education received a $200,000 grant from the Staunton Farm Foundation to establish a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) Training Institute and Licensed Social Work (LSW) supervision matching program in the greater Pittsburgh area. Read more.
Rauktis and team secure new funding
A new project led by Research Associate Professor Mary Beth Rauktis, along with collaborators from the School of Social Work James Huguley, Fengyan Tang, Rachel E. Robertson (School of Education), and Aimee Sgourakis (Library System) entitled "Supporting the education of youth in foster care during the pandemic: foster parent and agency perspectives" has been selected as an awardee for Pitt Momentum Funds 2020-21 Seeding Grants. Read more about the project.
Dr. Davis to give keynote address
Dean Emeritus Larry Davis will give the keynote address, "Racism in America: A Call to Action for Social Work" at the 2021 NASW-NJ Virtual Conference, March 7-8, 2021. More information and the full schedule is available at naswnj.org 
Pittsburgh Wage Study mentioned in the City Paper
Gov. Wolf hopes to increase Pa. minimum wage to $12 by 2021, and $15 by 2027. The Pittsburgh Wage Study has interviewed hundreds of hospital workers who are earning wages below $12.50 an hour, between $12.50-15 an hour, between $15-18 an hour, and above $18 an hour. Read more in the Pittsburgh City Paper.
Alumna helps empower young minority professionals in Pittsburgh
MSW alumna Anette Nance serves on the regional chapter of the National Urban League Young Professionals which serves as a community empowerment network for young minority professionals seeking mentorship as well as personal and professional development. Read more in the Pittsburgh City Paper.
Alumnus appears on the Thriving Mayor Show
MSW alumnus Dave Feehan appeared on the Thriving Mayor podcast to discuss: Why women are the most important demographic for revitalizing downtowns. How the pandemic is affecting downtown. What aspects of downtown do women hate most? Will retail, restaurants and office uses recover from COVID? What colour is downtown and why is that important? Watch on YouTube.
Speaker Series scheduled for March
The Pitt Social Work Speaker Series, Sydney A. Teller Lecture/International Social Work Lecture: "The Sustainable Development Goals: Moving us from international social work to global social work" with speaker Susan Mapp Ph.D., MSSW has been scheduled for March 15, 2021 at noon. Zoom link is available on the Pitt Social Work website.
Pitt Students Needed for Focus Groups on Social Sources of Sexual Norms and Values
Pitt School of Social Work PhD student Adrian Ballard is seeking University of Pittsburgh students to participate in research focus groups about social influences that impact young people’s ideas and values about sex and sexuality. See more details.
Upcoming Events
  • February 17, 2021: Fellowship Information Session. 5-6:30pm. Register here.

  • February 18, 2021: Rooted in Strength: The Resiliency of Black Families w/ Dr. Aliya Durham. 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Register here.

  • February 19, 2021: Continuing Education: Creating a Restorative Climate. 9am-12pm. Register here.

  • February 20, 2021: Student Veterans of America Conference: General Session: Chapters as Allies w/ MSW alumna Anette Nance. 10:45-11:45am. Register here.

  • February 22, 2021: Love Songs Through the Ages Trivia Night! 4:30-6pm. Zoom link.

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