He didn’t know for sure what he wanted to do with a degree in anthropology, but as a college student, Jack Richman knew that he wanted to be helpful.
Not really knowing what kind of work that meant, he left the door open for anything by heading into social work.
“There are a lot of ways you can go about being in the helping profession, but social work allows you to not have to choose,” he said.
After decades of working with struggling and vulnerable populations though research and counseling, Richman has continued to use his helping touch to bring the University of North Carolina School of Social Work to the forefront of the field — as dean.
To the nation and especially to North Carolina, Dean Smith was one of the most successful and admired college basketball coaches of all time. To UNC’s School of Social Work, Smith was an advocate for human rights and a generous supporter who helped educate others about the value of the social work profession.
“Dean often spoke very passionately about the need to support social work because he said social workers were the ones doing the important work in society,” said Associate Dean for AdvancementMary Beth Hernandez.
Assistant Professor Trenette T. Clark, Ph.D., is the winner of the 2015 Society for Social Work and Research Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award. In conferring the award, the Society recognizes that her accomplishments reflect innovative scholarship, a rigorous approach to social work research, and work that exhibits an emerging influence in the field and her contribution to advance the profession is noteworthy.
Researchers at the UNC School of Social Work have received a $1.24 million grant to address child trafficking in North Carolina.
The U.S. Children’s Bureau, Office of the Administration for Children & Families awarded the five-year grant to Research Prof. Dean Duncan to launch Project NO REST, a collaborative effort focused on increasing awareness of sexual and labor trafficking among children and youth involved in the state’s child welfare system, especially those in foster care.