January 25, 2021
Pitt School of Social Work Weekly E-blast
PhD student wins award
Doctoral student Kess Ballentine is the winner of this year's Iris Marion Young graduate student award, recognizing her political engagement and social justice work. The Iris Marion Young Awards are given annually by GSPIA and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program to recognize Pitt undergrad and grad students, faculty, and staff. The event will be held January 27th at 5pm. Register here.
CRSP holds MLK Day discussion on ‘Race, Justice and Politics after the Capitol Siege’
As part of a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, a panel of distinguished University of Pittsburgh educators took part last Monday in an online discussion called “What Just Happened? Race, Justice, and Politics after the Capitol Siege.” Read more about the panel in the Tribune Review.
Ohmer working with UPMC on new grant
Associate Professor Mary Ohmer is Co-investigator for a $324,997 one-year grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for the Child/Youth Thriving Matrix, Community-level strategy to reduce youth violence project, in collaboration with the Dr. Liz Miller, PI, from the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and several other Pitt and community co-investigators. 
MSW alum named to new position
MSW alumnus Jan Hammond was named president of Pittsburgh's Commission on Human Relations. The commission, established by city ordinance in 1955, investigates complaints of alleged discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations within the city. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Celebration of Life for Shulamit Bastacky
A memorial for MSW alumna Shulamit Bastacky is set at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, February 2, 12:30pm. Register here.

Read about her extraordinary life in The Pitt News.
Upcoming Events
  • January 25, 2021: Continuing Education: Empathy, Compassion Fatigue, and Ethical Clinical Practice. 10-11:30am. Register here.

  • January 25, 2021: Bridging the Cultural Responsiveness: Divide Medical Practice with LGBTQ+ Communities and Intersectionality w/ Dr. Darren Whitfield. 7-8pm. Register here.

  • January 26, 2021: Creating A Just Community (UPSIDE award for CRSP). 11-12pm. Register here.

  • January 26, 2021: Pitt Social Work Alumni Speaker Series: "The Crooked Path: Allowing Life's Curveballs To Work For You." 12-1pm. Register here.

  • January 27, 2021: Iris Marion Young Awards Ceremony (PhD student Kess Ballentine). 6-6:30pm. Register here.

  • January 29, 2021: Continuing Education: Simplifying Co-Occurring Disorders. 9am-12pm. Register here.

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