October 12, 2020
Pitt School of Social Work Weekly E-blast
Community outreach is to key to finding COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers
Faculty members Aliya Durham and Mary Ohmer have been involved with University and community efforts to increase African American participation rates in the COVID-19 vaccine trials. Community partners like Rev. Paul Abernathy are leading the on-the-ground outreach efforts across the region. Read more in the New York Times.
New research at CMU using Pitt Social Work report
CMU student Alex Jackson's work on why systems are failing Black residents is using the 2019 Gender Equity Report, co-authored by Associate Professor Sara Goodkind, to tackle problems in Pittsburgh disproportionally affecting Black people and other people of color. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Alumna to join California Social Work Hall of Distinction
Doctoral alumna Tetsu Sugi will be inducted in this year's California Social Work Hall of Distinction (virtual) Ceremony Sunday, October 18th at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT.  The University of Pittsburg School of Social Work program was one of the few programs to accept Japanese American students during World War II. Read more about her fascinating life of service.  

Annual Alumni Awards Goes Virtual
On October 19, we recognize our newest class of Distinguished Alumni. Join us virtually as we celebrate continued excellence in the field of social work. Learn more about the 2020 Alumni Awardees.
CRSP Director joins webcast
Center on Race and Social Problems Interim Director Dr. James Huguley appeared on a webcast with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education called Education Now to discuss "Helping Children Cope with Racial Trauma." Watch here.
MSW alumna talks about her experiences as a Black woman and veteran
MSW alumna Annette Nance, a Marine Corps veteran, spoke to Platform Magazine about the challenges of transitioning from the service to civilian sector as a Black woman and veteran. Read more.
Pitt Social Work welcomes 2020-2021 Fellows
The Pitt School of Social Work is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Fellows in the following programs: Child Welfare, COAL, Community Engagement, Baker, and Hartford. See the complete list of Fellows on the SSW website.
BSW Licensure is Now Active in Pennsylvania!
BSW licensure is now active in the Pennsylvania licensure system (PALS), and qualified applicants may begin to apply to take the BSW exam and acquire the license. Read more on the NASW-PA website.

Upcoming Events
  • October 13, 2020: SEC Diversity Committee Meeting. 5:30-6:30pm. Zoom Meeting ID: 929 0277 0104

  • October 14, 2020: SEC: Virtual Happy Hour. 5-6:30pm. Zoom Meeting ID: 994 8377 1786

  • October 15, 2020: Shattering the Statistics: Defining the Problem panel w/ Dr. Rachel Gartner and Dr. Danny Jacobson Lopez. 12-1:30pm. Register here.

  • October 16, 2020: Continuing Education: Racial Justice and Implicit Bias. 9am-12pm. Register here.

  • October 19, 2020: Distinguished Alumni Awards Virtual Celebration. 5:30pm-8pm. More information.

  • October 20, 2020: CRSP Fall Institute: Race, Politics and Fighting Voter Suppression. 10:00am to 3:00pm. Register here.

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