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


Testa selected for "100 Champions of Children" award

Mark Testa, the Spears-Turner Distinguished Professor of Social Work, has been selected by the national Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as a member of the organization’s “100 Champions for Children.” The award recognizes numerous individual and group efforts to promote child well-being and advance the field of child welfare.

Pridgen-Braswell to retire after 30+ years of service

After more than 30 years of service, Linda Pridgen-Braswell will retire from the School of Social Work at the end of March.

Pridgen-Braswell was first hired as an office manager within the School’s Field Education Program in 1989, where she initially worked for seven years. During her tenure, she also served as an assistant to former associate dean Jan Schopler and then as a business and contract manager with the N.C. Child Welfare Education Collaborative. She returned to the Field Education Program nearly 10 years ago, where she has remained as an office manager.

Leger receives Youth/Young Adult Voice Award for mental health advocacy

MSW student Nina Leger was recently honored with a Youth and Young Adult Voice Award for her advocacy work in mental health. The state award is sponsored by the N.C. One Community in Recovery Conference and celebrates youth and young adults under the age of 26 who have used their individual talents, advocacy, professional work or volunteerism, to successfully promote mental health or substance-use recovery and resilience. Leger received the award during the annual conference in Greensboro earlier this month.

Meet Kori Williford, MSW '03, victim specialist with the FBI

Kory Williford, MSW '03Kory Williford, MSW ’03, has been a victim specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 18 years. She landed the position during her final year in the School of Social Work’s 3-year program. Recently, we caught up with Williford to learn more about her work with the FBI and how her education at UNC has influenced her career.

Q: Tell us about your role with the FBI and what you do.

School to launch new 20-month Advanced Standing Program

Starting next year, working professionals will have a new opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in social work at UNC.

The School of Social Work is preparing to launch a new 20-month Advanced Standing Program. This program is designed for candidates who have graduated from an accredited BSW program, including students who are eager to continue working as they complete their graduate degree. Students would begin classes in January 2021 and complete the program in May 2022.