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The Jordan Institute for Families, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab welcomes its first entrepreneur-in-residence, Veronica Creech. Creech is a Tar Heel alum and the chief programs officer at EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the Internet.

Creech has spent more than 15 years leading public and nonprofit social enterprise initiatives. A serial entrepreneur, her innovative spirit can be traced back to her early high school years.

As the entrepreneur-in-residence, Creech will mentor other budding entrepreneurs through the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab.  In addition, she will work to develop a mentor network of innovators and entrepreneurs, supporting the emerging innovation space in the UNC School of Social Work, on campus and in local communities. She will participate in symposiums, panel presentations, and classroom lectures, bringing innovation concepts to life with her experience and skill expertise.

Congratulations to MSW student Katie Haberman, whose photo of an indoor market in Tinki, Peru, was selected as a Thematic Spotlight winner in the “Food for All” category of the Carolina Global Photography Exhibition for 2018! Haberman’s photo is currently on display in the FedEx Global Education Center. The exhibition runs through July 20.

Students from clinical instructor Robin Sansing’s SOWO 770 class and other student peers from the School of Social Work were among the thousands who marched in Raleigh for the 12th annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) event on Feb. 10. This year’s march, which is organized annually by the state’s NAACP, focused on protecting voting rights and ending gerrymandering.

The Project NO REST team has been awarded a contract from the N.C. Division of Public Health for an initiative to reduce human trafficking in Cumberland County. The project will focus on educating the community about the dangers of purchasing sex as well as general information about human trafficking. The initiative will use several strategies, including social media and geo-fencing tactics, to deliver consequence-based messaging to a targeted audience, with a goal of deterring individuals from buying sex.

Theresa Palmer recently presented “The Ethics of  Microaggression & Cultivating Cultural Humility in Clinical Practice” at the N.C. Psychological Association’s 2018 Division of Independent Professional  Practice Conference at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

Assistant professor Paul Lanier recently delivered a presentation at the Advanced Training Institute on Prevention at the 32nd San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment in San Diego, CA. Lanier’s presentation was titled, “Early home visiting in the social ecology and child maltreatment prevention. ”

Students from the School of Social Work recently joined more than 200 of their peers, representing 10 disciplines from across UNC’s campus, for the 7th annual Geriatric Interprofessional Education Collaborative event. The two-day experience gives students the chance to learn more about their peers from other professional schools and departments as they work closely together on activities to address the needs of older adults. In addition to students from the School of Social Work, participants included students from dentistry, dental hygiene, medicine, nursing, public health – nutrition, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and speech and hearing sciences.