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FSU Students Advocate for Social Work at LEAD 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More than 100 FSU College of Social Work students participated in the National Association of Social Worker’s Florida (NASW-FL) LEAD (Legislative, Education and Advocacy Day). Students attended the NASW-FL’s rally at the Tallahassee Automotive Museum on April 3rd, listening to inspiring speakers and getting geared up for the legislative day the next morning.  Students showed up at Florida’s Capitol on April 4th to attend hearings focused on ethics and the judiciary.

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Social Work Dean Emeritus Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Thursday, April 20, 2017

A poet and a writer since adolescence, Dr. Nick Mazza was working in the maintenance department of a hospital in New Jersey putting himself through college when he noticed an article in Time magazine on poetry therapy. His curiosity piqued, he wrote to one of the national leaders in poetry therapy, attended a national conference in Brooklyn and found himself hooked. He approached the medical director of the hospital about reading poetry to patients, and the director introduced him to the hospital’s social services department.

Posted Under: CSW General, Faculty News, Faculty Spotlight

Biden Foundation brings on FSU alumna and former Obama White House expert
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FSU alumna Lynn Rosenthal (BSW, 1980) and another former Obama White House expert, Gautam Raghavan are being hired by the Biden Foundation. The Foundation was created to build on the Biden family’s long-standing work including violence against women, cancer, community colleges and equality.

Posted Under: Alumni Spotlight, CSW General

Social Work Professor Keynote Speaker at the International Conference on Social Work at the University of Pécs, Hungary
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

“If too many of you fall asleep, I will stop talking and leave the podium. In fact, if you close your eyes I will take that to mean that you are letting me know that I should end my presentation immediately” joked Associate Professor Dr. Tomi Gomory, in his keynote address at an international conference held April 7-8, 2017.

Posted Under: Faculty Spotlight, International Programs, Research

 Trauma Informed Practice Expert to Join FSU Social Work Delegation to China
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Shairi Turner, MD, MPH, a Harvard-trained internist, and pediatrician will join the FSU College of Social Work as a research faculty member, and a key member of the College’s leadership traveling to Shanghai, China in May 2017.  The College's international delegation, consisting of Dr. Amy Ai, Dean Jim Clark, Dr. Turner, Dr.

Posted Under: Faculty News, Faculty Spotlight, International Programs, Research

NASW Florida Awards Breakfast honors notable faculty, alumni, and students
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The NASW-Florida Big Bend Unit celebrated the annual Social Work Month with an Awards Breakfast on March 28th in the center of the current Florida legislative session on the 22nd floor of the Florida Capitol building. People gathered to honor a select group of social workers and community members that have exemplified service and leadership in the Big Bend community.

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MSW student honored as 2016-2017 Minority Fellow
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kotrish Wright, an MSW student, made the most of her time at the College of Social Work when she participated with many other social work students in the 2016 National Association of Social Worker’s LEAD (Legislative, Education, & Advocacy Day) at the Florida Capitol, advocating for social work. While networking at the event, she received information about a unique fellowship opportunity through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Posted Under: Alumni and Friends, CSW General

Florida State University Team Promotes Transgender Equality
Friday, March 24, 2017

The struggle for transgender equality has recently been illustrated by the high-profile case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager in Virginia. Grimm, who was assigned female at birth but has legally and medically transitioned to male, challenged a school board policy that was enacted to prevent him from using the boys’ bathroom.

Posted Under: CSW General, Faculty News

MSW Student Leads Social Work Dance Marathon Team to Raise Funds for Children’s Miracle Network
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Two years ago, Darcy Maher (MSW ’15) inspired student Megan Armison to become involved in FSU’s Dance Marathon.  The event raises funds each year for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Darcy’s excitement and passion encouraged Megan to join in 2016 as a dancer. By the end of her first event, she began planning her involvement in next year’s event.

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Alumna Named Top 25 Women You Need to Know
Thursday, March 09, 2017

Some people want to see change in their environments, and others choose to actively make that change a reality. These extraordinary individuals, like Catherine ‘Cat’ Keen, believe that change cannot be achieved unless executed in a ‘structured, strategic way’ and go to great lengths to exemplify the change they wish to see within their communities.

Posted Under: Alumni Spotlight, CSW General