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


Cindy Fraga-Riza to receive national research award

Cynthia Fraga RizoCindy Fraga Rizo, Ph.D., will receive the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award for 2017 at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (Sept. 26–28).

An assistant professor at the UNC School of Social Work (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Rizo focuses her research on interventions for particularly vulnerable intimate partner violence survivors, including Latinas, immigrants and system-involved survivors.

Chancellor Folt joins GSDI team to meet with Kenyan leaders

Gina Chowa speaks as Chancellor Carol Folt listensChancellor Carol Folt joined Gina Chowa, director of the School's Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI) center and other GSDI team members, in Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with government and organizational leaders and discuss GSDI programs in Africa.

The center is planning its formal launch for October 2017. Click here to read more about GSDI.

New scholarship to honor Iris Carlton-LaNey, Ph.D.

Iris Carlton-LaNeyA scholarship honoring longtime faculty member Iris Carlton-LaNey, Ph.D., will benefit MSW students who are interested in social justice and racial equity.

The new Iris Carlton-LaNey Scholarship was created with a gift from alumnus Noel Bost (MSW '96). Click here to read more about this scholarship.

New alumni magazine in the mail

cover image, Contact alumni magazine, spring 2017

Alumni will find the spring 2017 issue of Contact magazine in their mailboxes this month. The newly-redesigned alumni magazine highlights Project NO REST, a major UNC School of Social Work initative to fight human trafficking. Look for alumni, student and faculty profiles, too!

Want to view it online now? Click here for a lower-resolution PDF file.



Five receive Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017

Five alumni of the UNC School of Social Work have been named as recipients of the School's Distinguished Alumni Award. Dean Gary L. Bowen presented the awards during the School's 2017 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, in UNC's Memorial Hall.

Meet the recipients:

Sharon Warren Cook serves as dean of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has also served as a professor and administrator at North Carolina A&T University. She is a 1995 graduate of the School's MSW program.