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


Rep. Graig Meyer to speak at 97th annual Graduation Ceremony

The UNC School of Social Work will host its 97th annual hooding ceremony to celebrate the graduation of 129 MSW students and two Ph.D. students on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Memorial Hall on UNC’s campus.

State Rep. Graig Meyer, who represents House District 50 in Orange and Durham counties, has been selected to deliver this year’s commencement address. Meyer, who was elected in 2013, is one of only two trained social workers currently serving in the General Assembly.

Touring "The Farm" ...

UNC School of Social Work Dean Gary Bowen toured The Farm at Penny Lane on April 20, 2018, accompanied by assistant professor Amy Blank Wilson and The Farm's operations director, Thava Mahadevan. The Farm is the site for the "Tiny Homes" project for which Wilson serves as principal investigator and spans 40 acres of woods and fields in northern Chatham County.

The "Tiny Homes" project is developing a village, or very small community, for adults with mental illnesses and other health conditions. Each "Tiny Home" houses a single adult and is designed to provide an optimal living environment with therapeutic aspects.

School of Social Work research team wins 2017 C. Felix Harvey Award

A multi-disciplinary team led by experts from the School of Social Work working to improve support for relatives fostering abused or neglected children is the winner of the 2017 C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities. In collaboration with community partners, the School is using the $75,000 award to spearhead an effort to help these caregivers qualify for and receive financial resources and community support commensurate to adoptive parents.

Ronald Mangum wins UNC's Massey Award

April 2018 has been a big month for RoRon Mangumnald Mangum — he announced his retirement AND he learned that he will receive the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!

He joined the School of Social Work 20 years ago and has managed the North Carolina Peer Support Specialist Program for the past eight years.

Ron was featured with other award winners in the University Gazette — please read the full story here.

Remembering Elizabeth Cloud Monroe

Elizabeth Cloud Monroe helped hundreds of children navigate the challenges of their young lives in her career as a school social worker. Before her death in November 2017, she extended this legacy of caring with a bequest of nearly $280,000 to the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, helping thousands of students, as well as the children and adults those students will serve throughout their own careers.