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Nation's first rural youth violence prevention center launches with $6.5 million grant

An interdisciplinary team of UNC researchers, led by School of Social Work Professor Paul Smokowski, Ph.D., has been awarded a nearly $6.5 million federal grant to support a five-year project that includes the creation of a center to provide community support and solutions for preventing and reducing youth violence in

Carolina grads well-prepared for LCSW exam, clinical work

Graduates at UNC’s School of Social Work continue to demonstrate success on North Carolina’s licensing exam in clinical social work. Students’ extremely high pass rates further illustrate the strength of the School’s MSW program, especially in clinical training, said Anna Scheyett, the School’s associate dean for academic affairs.

That training is led by faculty members with a deep background of practice experience and researchers who are developing new interventions and testing evidenced-based practices daily within school classrooms, social work agencies, and nonprofit groups.

Take the first step toward your MSW: Attend an information session

The UNC School of Social Work is holding several information sessions and an open house this fall for prospective master's students. Each event includes an overview of the master of social work (MSW) program, tips on admissions and financial aid, and a presentation by a faculty member.

 "We're very excited to welcome potential applicants to our School," said Sharon Thomas, director of recruitment, admissions and financial aid. "The information session is an opportunity to meet some of our faculty, staff and students, and to ask questions about our curriculum, field education program and admissions requirements."

Website will be down, building closed Saturday, August 7

A one-day power outage will affect the School of Social Work on Sat., Aug. 7.

The Tate-Turner-Kuralt building will be closed Aug. 7 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The power will be off to the building to do preventive maintenance to the electrical system.

This outage will affect the School's network and the websites hosted in-house. The School's main website will be unavailable on Sat., Aug. 7. Services are expected to be restored on Sun., Aug. 8.


School celebrates 90th Anniversary: Honoring our past, shaping our future

From humble beginnings to one of the country’s best, UNC’s School of Social Work has defined and redefined itself throughout its rich 90-year history.

State lawmakers in North Carolina likely never envisioned the significance of their decision to establish the School of Public Welfare – the predecessor of today’s School. But in 1920, the course was set and renowned sociologist and reformer Howard W. Odum was tapped as the School’s first leader.