March 15, 2021
Pitt School of Social Work Weekly E-blast
Bridges magazine is now online!
You can now read the new issue of Bridges magazine online at the new Bridges website. The cover story focuses on alumni and SSW responses to the dual pandemics of 2020.

The website is a work in progress so please check back as previous issues will be added.
New 12-month Advanced Standing MSW program!
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work will offer a new 12-month Advanced Standing program starting in Fall 2021.

Students can now receive up to 21 credits applied towards the 60-credit MSW program!

Faculty diversity getting new attention with provost’s office duo
John Wallace, vice provost for faculty diversity and development, and a professor in the School of Social Work, is working on multiple initiatives to attract more faculty of color to Pitt. Read more in the University Times.
'Reverberation of Grief': COVID Losses Take Toll on Western Pennsylvania Residents, Communities
Amy DeGurian, field education coordinator and lecturer in Pitt's School of Social Work who specializes in grief and loss, says feelings of grief may have crept in for people who survived the past year, even if they didn’t lose a loved one. We all have lost “a sense of normalcy, a sense of safety and a sense that the world makes sense,” she said. Read more in the Tribune Review.

Copeland named to Provost's Council
Professor Valire Carr Copeland was named to the Provost’s Advisory Council on Tenure and Promotion (PACTP). PACTP is a new University-level faculty committee that will review and make recommendations to the Provost on promotion and tenure dossiers, as well as advise her on whether the recommendations at the academic unit level are consistent with the criteria and standards of the University of Pittsburgh.
New staff join the School of Social Work!
Kimberlee Barnhart joined as the new Recorder/Registrar and three new Restorative Practice Coordinators joined the Just Discipline Project: Jamaal Gosa, Spencer Scott, and Molly Means.

In addition, Elizabeth I. Osayande-Davis, MLIS
has taken the lead as the Director of Operations at the Just Discipline Project.
SSW March Madness Bracket Pool
Join the Staff Executive Committee in our 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball March Madness Bracket Pool! All are welcome, whether you choose your favorite teams, set up big rivalry matchups, or just decide based on whose mascot is the fiercest!

There’s no cost to enter; this is just for fun and bragging rights. Friends and family are welcome too!
Submit your picks by 12:00pm EST on Friday, March 19, 2021, prior to the start of the 1st round of games.

News from CRSP
The School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a creative, productive, and visionary scholar and researcher as Director of the Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP). As we approach CRSP's 20th anniversary, we are looking for a director who can build on its strong past, enhance CRSP's productivity and capacity, and expand its impact. Read full job description.
CRSP Spring Speaker Series
Be sure to add the CRSP Spring Speaker Series to your calendar! Speakers include: Dr. Rachel Hardeman, John Diamond, PhD, and Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., PhD Read more details on the CRSP website. The first speaker, Dr. Hardeman is tomorrow, March 16th. Register here.
Upcoming Events

  • March 15, 2021: Pitt Social Work Speaker Series: The Sustainable Development Goals: Moving us from international social work to global social work. 12-1pm. More information.

  • March 16, 2021: CRSP Speaker Series: Black Babies Matter: Physician-Patient Race Matches and Disparities in Birthing Mortality for Newborns. 12-1pm. Register here.

  • March 18, 2021: Continuing Education: Creative Approaches to Counseling: An Experiential Workshop. 9am-12pm. Register here.

  • March 18, 2021: Crossing Bridges Summit Series: Psychological Influences on Black Women's Health With panelist doctoral student Dashawna J. Fussell-Ware, LSW. 3-4pm. Watch here.

  • March 23, 2021: Alumni Speaker Series: "The Importance of Staying Connected: How your professors will be your colleagues" 12-1pm. Register here.

  • March 24, 2021: Field Placement Information Session. 5-6:30pm. Register here.

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