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


Giving Day 2018 to highlight Iris Carlton-LaNey Scholarship Fund

As the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrates "Giving Day 2018" on April 10, the UNC School of Social Work plans a special way to recognize the event: All gifts to the School on Giving Day will go to the Iris Carlton-LaNey Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support for Master of Social Work students who are pursuing careers as social work professionals in the areas of social justice and racial equity.

SSW climbs in national rankings

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work is ranked as the fifth-best graduate school of social work in the United States, U.S. News & World Report announced on March 20, 2018. The School is ranked third among public universities and is the only Southern school in the top 15.

"The high ranking is a testament to the excellent work of our outstanding faculty, staff and students, as well as to the leadership and commitment from our board of advisors, alumni council, alumni and stakeholders," Dean Gary Bowen noted.

Zerden to receive CSWE award

Lisa Zerden, Ph.D.Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award for 2018. Zerden is senior associate dean for Master of Social Work education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

"Dr. Zerden has contributed immensely to the vibrancy of our school and MSW program," noted Dean Gary Bowen, who nominated Zerden for the award.

Bowen outlined some of Zerden's key responsibilities in his nomination:

Bowen, Orthner consult on CareerStart program in Israel

Dean Gary Bowen and Professor Emeritus Dennis Orthner, both of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work (SSW), traveled to Israel in March 2018 at the invitation of Noya Baram, senior program director for youth employment and entrepreneurship, JDC Ashalim. They provided consultation on the implementation of the CareerStart program in Israel, which has expanded to 44 schools in three districts.

Family Support Program publishes summer camp directory for children who have special needs

Summer camp is a wonderful adventure for many children, but traditional camps often don't provide appropriate resources for children who have disabilities or special healthcare needs.

The Family Support Program (School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has identified day and residential summer camp experiences for these children and published "2018 Summer Camp Directory: A Free Resource Guide for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs." The directory is available online at

For information about additional services and community resources for families with children who have special needs, you can call the Family Support Program at 800-852-0042.