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Media contact: Karen Kornegay, Director of External Communications and Marketing, 919-962-1532


Zerden to receive CSWE award

Lisa Zerden, Ph.D.Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award for 2018. Zerden is senior associate dean for Master of Social Work education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

"Dr. Zerden has contributed immensely to the vibrancy of our school and MSW program," noted Dean Gary Bowen, who nominated Zerden for the award.

Bowen outlined some of Zerden's key responsibilities in his nomination:

Bowen, Orthner consult on CareerStart program in Israel

Dean Gary Bowen and Professor Emeritus Dennis Orthner, both of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work (SSW), traveled to Israel in March 2018 at the invitation of Noya Baram, senior program director for youth employment and entrepreneurship, JDC Ashalim. They provided consultation on the implementation of the CareerStart program in Israel, which has expanded to 44 schools in three districts.

Family Support Program publishes summer camp directory for children who have special needs

Summer camp is a wonderful adventure for many children, but traditional camps often don't provide appropriate resources for children who have disabilities or special healthcare needs.

The Family Support Program (School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has identified day and residential summer camp experiences for these children and published "2018 Summer Camp Directory: A Free Resource Guide for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs." The directory is available online at

For information about additional services and community resources for families with children who have special needs, you can call the Family Support Program at 800-852-0042.

Refugee Wellness Collaborative to receive grant

Triangle Community Foundation is awarding a $14,620 grant to the UNC Refugee Wellness Collaborative, which is based at the UNC School of Social Work and supports mental health and wellness services for refugees living in the Triangle.

"We are most grateful," said Josh Hinson, program director and a clinical assistant professor at the School. "Refugee resettlement programs are facing dire circumstances nationwide ... our refugee clients are experiencing increased fear and anxiety.

Listen to Iris Carlton-LaNey's interview on The State of Things

We hope you were able to listen to WUNC's "The State of Things" radio broadcast today (Monday, Feb. 12, 2018). Iris Carlton-LaNey, Ph.D., interviewed with host Frank Stasio and shared wonderful stories about her life and her profession. The interview highlighted her recognition as 2018 Social Worker of the Year by National Association of Social Workers - NC chapter. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording online.