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SSW students recognized by UNC Graduate School for their accomplishments

Nine students at the UNC School of Social Work (SSW) have earned recognition from the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for their accomplishments in 2019–2020. Through this recognition program, these students are being honored for both university and external awards.

“These are students who have worked tirelessly and deserve special recognition,” noted the Graduate School in its announcement on April 28, 2020. Both Master of Social Work and doctoral students were included in the announcement.

These SSW students received awards directly from the Graduate School: 

Social work, dental health will partner on new SAMHSA grant

Lisa ZerdenLisa Zerden, Ph.D., has received a $200,000 training grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help social work and dental health professional students learn more about substance use disorders (SUD). Zerden, who is senior associate dean for MSW education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, will implement this new project in collaboration with the Adams School of Dentistry and support from the UNC Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice.

Iris Carlton-LaNey receives NASW's Lifetime Achievement Award

Berg-Beach Distinguished Professor Iris Carlton-LaNey is the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Lifetime Achievement Award. Carlton-LaNey was selected in recognition of her decades of work in training social workers to identify and fight discrimination and institutionalized oppression.

New students connect virtually for Welcome Weekend events

About 140 admitted students participated in the School of Social Work’s Virtual Welcome Weekend sessions during the second week of April, giving MSW candidates the opportunity to learn more about the School’s curriculum and to meet faculty, staff and current students. Although newly accepted students traditionally visit the UNC campus during the spring, the School shifted plans and scheduled three virtual events following the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students participating in this year’s sessions represented 19 states from across the nation and Israel, said Assistant Dean of Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid Sharon Holmes Thomas.

Ph.D. students receive community engagement fellowships

Ph.D. students Anna Parisi and Brooke Jordan were both recently selected as fellows for the Carolina Center for Public Service Community Engagement Fellowship program. The program awards up to $2,000 each year for engagement or engaged scholarship projects that are responsive to community priorities and have an academic connection.