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December 2014

More than thirty women living with HIV in the Memphis area were joined by fifteen community agencies and 25 social work student volunteers for the Second Annual Women’s Empowerment Forum held on December 4, 2014 at the Urban Child Institute. The women participated in a full-day educational and healing-oriented event where they received information and encouragement to be proactive in their self-care. This event was planned and implemented by a committee of volunteers, chaired by Dr. Lennon-Dearing, and supported through donations from community organizations and agencies. 


Special appreciation goes to Frannie Harper, MSW ’15, for her creativity and community connections that made this event a success.  Thanks to the student volunteers from Dr. Lennon-Dearing’s SWRK 3904 Practice II class for their willingness to volunteer their time and enthusiasm. Congratulations to Sarah Dill, MSW ’15, on being voted the most helpful social worker!  Congratulations to Hope House on receiving the award for most helpful agency


Social workers show that they care by their actions. The volunteers involved in the Second Annual Women’s Empowerment Forum also clearly demonstrated the social work ethical principles of service to others, the dignity and worth of the person, and social justice. 


“I want to thank you so much for allowing me to take part in the Women's Empowerment Forum. I volunteered to be a help and a blessing to others, but this experience blessed me. This experience touched my heart and allowed me another opportunity to realize that social work is my calling.”  Patty Belle, BASW ‘15









Congratulations to our social work winners who were honored at the University of Memphis Honors Program.

Social work winners at UofM Honors Program



The Department of Social Work would like to congratulate our 2012-2013 Phi Alpha Honor Society BA & MSW Inductees.

Phi Alpha Honor Society Inductees




Nathali Blackwell, MSW Student


The Department of Social Work is proud to announce that Náthali Blackwell's thesis was awarded the prestigious honor of the Morton Thesis Award.

She was one of two students nominated in March 2013 by the College of Arts & Sciences Council for Research and Graduate Studies.

Her nomination and award from the department and the college is a special honor, indicative of the high quality of her thesis prospectus. Selection for the University of Memphis award was made by the Graduate Directors and was recently announced.

Congratulations Náthali for this prestigious honor!

The Department of Social Work is happy to announce that the MSW Advance Standing Program was approved!!!! 


Congratulations to our local 2013 NASW-TN Social Work Awardees!!


Kudos to our MSW students who won FIRST PLACE in the 2013 NASW-TN Social Work Day  on the Hill Poster Competition!!!

Click here for more information and photos from the event.


In Demand

Master of Social Work graduates facing bright job prospects

To read the full news story click here.

A Successful Symposium!!! 

Congratulations and thanks to all our sponsors, speakers, participants, and volunteers for making the Department of Social Work Inaugural Symposium a huge success!!! 

We wish to especially thank Dr. Elena Delavega, Symposium Chair, for her leadership, organization, and tireless efforts in making this event a resounding success!!



   Faculty Picture


 Social Work Students at the Symposium

  faculty picture

 GA Assistants

symposium attendees


 New undergraduate social work students learn firsthand what social work is about when they visit two Memphis homeless shelters during Dr. Lennon-Dearing's "Introduction to Social Work" class Summer 2012.

Field Trip: Social work students at the Salvation Army homeless shelter

Field Trip: Social work students at the Memphis Union Mission homeless shelter


We are happy to announce that the MSW program is now in candidacy for accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education.

Full accreditation for the MSW program anticipated Spring 2014.

Click here to find our program on the CSWE website.

The Department of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers the Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work and the Master of Social Work. The BA degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the MSW degree is in candidacy for  CSWE accreditation. Both degree programs include significant work experience through field placement.





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