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MSW student Sara Shilling named Schweitzer Fellow

Sara Shilling portraitSara Shilling, a Master of Social Work student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Alexis Musick, a Doctor of Medicine student at Duke University, have been selected as 2020 Albert Schweitzer Fellows for North Carolina. Together, they will develop an innovative project that will help parents learn how to use positive parenting skills and how to identify and respond to signs of mental health concerns in children.

“To our knowledge, we are the first medical student and social work student pair and, also, the first pair from two different universities” to become Schweitzer Fellows, Shilling said.

New scholarships to assist MSW students pursuing macro or micro practice

Starting this fall, the School of Social Work will have two more scholarships available to assist MSW students in need.

The Carl and Susan Baumann Expendable Fund was created thanks to a generous gift of $75,000 from the award’s namesakes. The scholarship will target students interested in pursuing careers in community, management and policy practice.

School Offers Virtual Welcome Weekend Events

The UNC School of Social Work will host three virtual Welcome Weekend events next week, giving all MSW admitted applicants the opportunity to learn more about the MSW program. The virtual sessions are being offered due to the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students who have been accepted to the program can register online HERE for one of the following sessions:
•    Tuesday, April 7, 5:30 – 8:00pm
•    Thursday, April 9, 10:00am – 12:30pm
•    Thursday, April 9, 2:00 – 4:30pm

New ways to continue our mission

graphic text - "Social Work, Now More Than Ever"How have programs and activities at UNC School of Social Work changed during the coronavirus pandemic? The most visible change has been in instructional programs. All classes have moved to remote instruction, often via the online Zoom app. Although field education on-site activities have stopped, field instructors and task supervisors are working with students to create alternative approaches to the field experience (for example, telephone interviews with clients). There have even been some adjustments in the grading system to provide faculty and students with more flexibility.

Honoring Social Workers

Dean Gary Bowen

Dean Gary Bowen

During times of crisis, our communities turn to our health and behavioral health professionals for solace and support. It seems fitting then that we celebrate the profession of social work in the month of March given that now, more than ever, we need to recognize the value of social workers and mental health workers who provide needed care, resources, research, and advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.