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


Class of 2019 to graduate

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work will graduate 133 students during its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The graduates include 130 students who will receive Master of Social Work degrees and three students who will receive Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degrees.

In addition, one of the MSW graduates will receive a dual degree in law from UNC,  one will receive a dual degree in divinity from Duke University, one will receive a dual degree in public administration from UNC, and nine will receive a dual degree in public health from UNC.

“Celebrating our graduates and their achievements is a highlight of the year,” Dean Gary Bowen noted.

SSW faculty work with Uzbekistan task force to develop alternative care programs for children

Sharon Hirsch of Prevent Child Abuse NC speaks to members of a task force from Uzbekistan.

School faculty are working closely with a task force from the nation of Uzbekistan to help prevent children from being placed inappropriately in residential care, such as orphanages.

The work is part of a larger effort to design new social services programs in the Central Asian nation.

Giving Day 2019 to support Tiny Homes Village

architect's drawing of Tiny Homes VillageUNC School of Social Work has pledged all donations from this year's Giving Day celebration — Tuesday, April 9, 2019 — to support the Tiny Homes Village at the Farm at Penny Lane.

Here's the link to donate:

With your help on Giving Day, 15 persons with mental illness — including several military veterans — will be able to move into new affordable housing, within a community that fosters activities and interactions among residents.

Building on 100 Years of Excellence: Q&A with Dean Gary Bowen

Dean Gary Bowen shared his vision for the UNC School of Social Work in a question-and-answer feature recently. Here's the full statement of his vision, which will appear in an abbreviated format later this month in the University Gazette:

Faculty members named "Most Influential" in national study

Sheryl Zimmerman, Gary Bowen, Matthew Howard, Mark FraserFour current or former faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work have been named among the "100 Most Influential Contemporary Social Work Faculty" in a study published by the Journal of Social Service Research.

Sheryl Zimmerman, Ph.D., was ranked on the list as 13th most influential; Mark Fraser, Ph.D., as 38th; Dean Gary Bowen, Ph.D., as 46th; and the late Matthew Howard, Ph.D., as 58th. They are the only faculty members ranked from any North Carolina institution.