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Five receive Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017

Five alumni of the UNC School of Social Work have been named as recipients of the School's Distinguished Alumni Award. Dean Gary L. Bowen presented the awards during the School's 2017 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, in UNC's Memorial Hall.

Meet the recipients:

Sharon Warren Cook serves as dean of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has also served as a professor and administrator at North Carolina A&T University. She is a 1995 graduate of the School's MSW program.

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

UNC School of Social Work is proud to announce the graduation of 127 Master of Social Work students and seven doctoral students on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Commencement weekend activities include receptions for our MSW and Ph.D. students on Friday evening, a brunch for our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients on Saturday morning and our graduation ceremony at Memorial Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Ronald L. Mangum, a member of our faculty since 1998, will present the commencement speech. He is a clinical assistant professor with our Behavioral Health Springboard program and leads training for North Carolina's certified peer support specialist program.

Larry Davis, Ph.D., speaks on "Racism in America: A Call to Action" on May 2

Larry Davis, Ph.D.You're invited to join UNC School of Social Work on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for a public lecture by Larry Davis, Ph.D. -- "Racism in American: A Call to Action for Social Workers."

Davis is dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and author of "Why Are They Angry With Us?" Learn more about this event.



Congratulations to our 2017 recognition award winners!

UNC School of Social Work recognizes faculty and staff excellence with its annual recognition awards. Each award winner receives a plaque and a cash prize, and all recipients are featured on an awards display panel in the School's lobby. Meet our recognition award winners for 2017.

Wu wins honors for research writing

Congratulations to doctoral student Shiyou Wu, who recently received recognition from Social Work Education (The International Journal) for his article, "Is social work really recognized? Problems with social work employment opportunities in Mainland China," published in February 2016. The journal selected the article as the "Best Empirical Article of 2016."

Mark Fraser, Wu's research supervisor and mentor, noted, "[Wu and his colleagues] are going to change the face of social work in China. Full kudos to them!"