In the News

Jennifer Onwenu

STEP (Services to Enhance Potential in Wayne County) received a referral from The Senior Alliance (TSA) after they had received several frantic phone calls from a woman [the couple in this story preferred to remain anonymous] in tears desperately trying to get assistance for her spouse. Jennifer Onwenu (MSU MSW) stepped in to assist the woman with transportation
resources so she could get to her medical appointments.

Social Work 491 Human Animal Bond Group

MSU School of Social Work’s summer course, Social Work and the Human Animal Bond (SW491), taught by Linda Lawrence, MSW, LMSW, is a one credit class that explores the the influences of the human animal bond in social work practice, as well as the ways that the human animal bond emerges in other professions that work with animals.

Combat Veterans Course Team

How do you teach social work students empathy for what combat veterans have seen, heard, and done when they have never experienced combat? Take them to WAR!

Tina Blaschke-Thompson and Glenn Stutzky (School of Social Work), along with Emily Brozovic, Keesa Johnson, and Christopher Irvin (IT Services) have done just that through their groundbreaking work on Combat Veterans: Embracing the Stories of War, an online 2-credit elective course designed to increase awareness and deepen empathy for the experiences of those who have fought in our nation’s wars.

Dr Carrie Moylan

Dr. Carrie Moylan is working with three anti-sexual violence organizations in Western New York (Crisis Services, in Buffalo, YWCA in Niagara County, and RESTORE in Rochester) to evaluate sexual violence prevention programming focused on increasing the use of community level sexual assault prevention strategies, such as coalition building, social norms change, and policy advocacy. Funding is provided by the New York State Department of Health and supports staff at all 3 locations and Dr. Moylan as an evaluator.

Monica Villarreal with Flint children picking up water

Let’s begin by saying, the Flint Water Crisis is not over. There has been progress, but the tap water is still not safe to drink and it is estimated to take at least three years before all lead service lines will be replaced. Until then, residents rely on water filtration systems and bottled water for cooking, drinking and other basic needs. For the past year, Monica Villarreal (2017 MSW graduate) has been intimately weaving together clinical and macro social work perspectives to address the needs of Flint residents and to facilitate community change.

SOLASW students at LSWO Conference in Berkeley

School of Social Work and MSU students Adriana Carreon, Julissa Olguin, Barbara Jean Almeida, and Rochelle Rivera attended the Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) conference 2017 at the University of California-Berkeley in March. Faculty, social workers, and students gathered to share their research work and professional experiences in order to improve their cultural competence, as well as to create partnerships to provide the Latino community with the services that they need during this uncertain time in our history.

Students for Social Work Encouragement Wall

In a time where much of the country is feeling divided, Students for Social Work (SFSW) leaders met to make a plan to encourage others. They wanted everyone who walked in to Baker Hall to feel encouraged, supported and unified.

Project Organizers Dr. Deborah Johnson, Dasha Shamrova, and Cristy Cummings

How can we make the MSU community more inclusive for international students and spouses? This was the main question that School of Social Work doctoral students Dasha Shamrova and Cristy Cummings, along with undergraduate researchers Rachel Schwartz and Christina Callton, set out to answer by giving cameras to 18 international students and spouses from 13 countries. Photovoice, a participatory qualitative research methodology, was used to empower the participants as they shared their adaptation experiences, stories of struggle and resilience, and dreams for the MSU community. Participants met several times to discuss their photos, creating shared narratives and powerful adaptation stories.

MSU School of Social Work MSW Program Reach Map

Embracing Michigan State University’s land-grant mission, the School of Social Work has been committed to providing access to the MSW degree for students across the state for over 20 years. With traditional campus-based programs in East Lansing, Flint, Oakland, and Saginaw, as well as the Statewide Blended and Weekend programs that offer the degree in a largely online format, our current MSW students and alums represent 75 out of Michigan’s 83 counties (an impressive 90%)!

Combat Veterans Course Team

Faculty member Tina Blaschke-Thompson and the team, Keesa Johnson, faculty member Glenn Stutzky, and Emily Brozovic were recently awarded Honorable Mention in the AT&T Instructional Technology Awards for the fully online course “Combat Veterans: The Physical, Emotional, and Social Costs of War”.

Daniel Cavanaugh (PhD, 2019) was recently honored to be accepted into an esteemed international research collaborative as a graduate student member. The collaborative, which is known as Parental and Family Mental Health Worldwide (PFMHW) (formerly the Prato group), is a group of approximately 40 field experts on the topics of parental mental illness, transgenerational mental health, and children of parents with a mental illness. Daniel was encouraged by his faculty adviser, and current PFMHW member, Joanne Riebschleger to apply following their presentations in the collaborative's conference in Basel, Switzerland in summer of 2016.

Social Work Students Contribute To My Brother's Keeper

My Brother's Keeper with School of Social Work students, Frances Jackson, Keshara Mumford, and Joshua Clark, Tuskegee Airmen Inc, among many others, held its 2nd annual statewide summit, My Brother's Keeper Michigan Alliance, on Saturday, October 22 at Detroit Hispanic Development Center. The Summit paid tribute to MBK Community Challenge founder President Barack Obama. Event supporters include: The White House, US Department of Education, One Love Global Inc, Michigan State University, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Cities United, Michigan League for Public Policy, Playworks Michigan, Peace & Prosperity Youth Action Movement.