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


Stephenson volunteers for pro bono project to assist mothers and children seeking asylum

Angie Stephenson, MSW/JD ’03, spent one week in Dilley, Texas, in November as a volunteer with the Dilley Pro Bono Project. The project provides legal representation to mothers and children seeking asylum from extreme violence in Central America and other locations. We recently contacted Stephenson about her experience, which she discusses in the Q&A below.

Stephenson’s expertise includes 10 years as a child welfare attorney in the N.C. Attorney General’s office. In her legal practice in Chapel Hill, she focuses on adoptions, social services law and appeals. She also currently serves as the attorney for the Chatham County Department of Social Services.

In memory of Rachel Dedmon, Ph.D.

UNC School of Social Work associate professor emerita Rachel Dedmon died on Nov. 29, 2019, in Pawleys Island, S.C.

Dedmon, who earned her Ph.D. at Smith College School of Social Work in Massachusetts, joined the UNC School of Social Work faculty in 1974. Over the course of her 28-year career at UNC, Dedmon held many different responsibilities, from associate dean to director of admissions and financial aid. As a faculty member, she taught courses in adult and child mental disorders, in mental health services, and in ethical decision-making.

Dean's statement on Silent Sam settlement

Like many, I have been dismayed and distressed since the November 27th UNC System statement detailing the settlement allowing for the disposition of Silent Sam. I am shocked by the UNC Board of Governors’ decision to authorize an arrangement that directs the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to turn over possession of the Confederate monument and transfer $2.5 million in non-state funds to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

UNC partners, community leaders break ground on Tiny Homes Village

School of Social Work administrators, faculty and staff joined UNC colleagues, community leaders and others on Nov. 15, to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the innovative Tiny Homes Village (THV).

After years of planning and development and the generosity of donors, construction on the historic project will soon begin on UNC's "Farm at Penny Lane" property in northern Chatham County. When complete, THV will include 15 homes - each about 400 square feet in size - and a clubhouse, all of which are designed for veterans and other people who have persistent and severe mental illnesses, including PTSD and substance use disorders. 

Research findings inspire fundraising campaign for domestic violence housing in Orange County

Long-time School of Social Work supporters and local philanthropists Richardson Preyer and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer hosted a fundraising event on Oct. 27, for the Compass Center for Women and Families, which has launched a $600,000 campaign to develop crisis housing for survivors of domestic violence in Orange County.