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Back to School: Social Workers Help Students, Families, Teachers Adjust After COVID

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COVID has created a wave of hiring for school social workers, who not only have needed to help locate missing students but also help all students get resources to regain momentum—both developmentally and academically—and to get them mental health services and grief counseling if needed. But many school social workers see the problems of the “lost year” as a larger opportunity to make schools more welcoming and less punitive so students and school communities can thrive.
Oct 14, 2021

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Upcoming Events and Grad Fairs

Meet the MSW Directors. Dr. Estella Williamson, DSW, Field Director, Clinical Professor | Dr. Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, MSW, LICSW, MSW Director, Clinical Professor, Social Work Chair

Check out these upcoming grad fairs and MSW events!
Sep 27, 2021

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2022 MSW Applications are Open!

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Interested in starting a dynamic career in social work? 2022 applications are now open!
Sep 2, 2021

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Can a Court Victory Provide Refuge for Foster Youth?

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Despite millions of dollars in funding from the Legislature to tackle the problem, the number of nights that foster children spend in hotels and offices has increased steadily over the past seven years. Between Sept. 1, 2020, and July 15, a record 233 children spent 2,016 nights in hotels and offices, according to the Washington State Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds. A recent federal court order requires the state to finally halt the practice, which, according to advocates, further traumatizes children, leads to worsening behavior, and threatens their long-term mental and physical health.
Aug 18, 2021

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SU Joins Others in Calling for Passage of Dream Act

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Citing an uncertain future for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, their employers, families, and communities after a Texas federal judge declared DACA unlawful and closed the DACA program to future applicants, more than 400 CEOs, University Presidents, and civic leaders sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging them to pass the bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act of 2021.
Jul 22, 2021

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