The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has selected Gary L. Bowen as the new dean for the UNC School of Social Work. Bowen, who has been with UNC since 1985, is currently Kenan Distinguished Professor in the School. The University appointment, effective Sept. 1, was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees.
Distinguished Professors Sheryl Zimmerman, Mark Fraser, Gary Bowen, and Matthew Howard have been recognized among the top 40 academics whose scholarly contributions are having a “high impact” addressing social and health issues within the social work profession and across the diverse disciplines that encompass their respective areas of focus.
Dr. Kim Strom-Gottfried has agreed to serve as UNC-Chapel Hill’s director of ethics education and policy management, effective Aug. 1.
By allowing discrimination, HB2 is in direct contradiction with social work values and ethics, which include respect for the dignity and worth of all people and a commitment to social justice. We are troubled by the impact that this new law has on those who are already marginalized and vulnerable, including members of our own School of Social Work community. This legislation has created sadness, confusion, anxiety, and anger for individuals, communities, businesses, and service organizations across the state and nation. As citizens, we oppose this law.