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    Johnston-Goodstar on team that researched sex exploitation of Minnesota youth

    Katie Johnston-Goodstar, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was one of the researchers in a new study that found an estimated 5,000 high-school-age youth in Minnesota have traded sex for something else of value. Johnston-Goodstar joined the team, led by Lauren Martin, associate professor in the University Minnesota’s School of Nursing after the […]

    HeavyRunner-PrettyPaint named Distinguished Alumni

    Iris HeavyRunner-PrettyPaint, MSW in social work, 1997, and PhD in social work, 2009, was named a 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. HeavyRunner-PrettyPaint, a member of the Blackfeet/Crow tribe, is an internationally recognized expert in Native cultural resiliency and Indigenous evaluation methods. She has more than 35 […]

    Social Work graduate appointed vice provost at Saint Mary’s of Minnesota

    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has promoted Sarah Ferguson, alumna of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, to vice provost for Faculties and Academic Affairs. At the University of Minnesota, Ferguson earned her PhD in social work in 2006, and her joint master’s degree in social work and public affairs in 1996. She […]

    Nine CEHD PhD students win Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

    Nine PhD students from five CEHD departments have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from the University of Minnesota Graduate School. The fellowships give the U’s most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. Honored students […]

    Williams part of CEHD delegation to Brazil

    By Professor Oliver Williams, School of Social Work I was a part of a delegation of 10 faculty members from the College of Education and Human Development who attended the 5th World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality at the Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo in Victoria, Brazil in September. Washington Galvao, […]

    Umbreit awarded Residency in Restorative Justice at UMD

    School of Social Work Professor Mark Umbreit was awarded the Distinguished Residency in Restorative Justice at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Susan Maher, dean of Duluth’s College of Liberal Arts, awarded the residency, which involves Umbreit spending a week on the Duluth campus each semester for the next several years. While at UMD the last week […]

    Faculty Research Productivity Ranked in Top Third of U.S. Social Work Doctoral Programs

    A new study ranks the research productivity of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work faculty as 20th out of 76 U.S. social work doctoral programs. The study was published in the international journal Scientometrics, in July 2018. It examined the scholarly productivity of 1,699 tenure-track faculty in all 76 U.S. social work doctoral […]

    Angie Hirsch is Social Work Alumni of the Year

    Angie Hirsch. the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work’s 2018 Alumni of the Year, is a product of the system and proud of it. Hirsch, M.S.W. ‘04, has been the American Indian Mental Health Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 2011. The position is critical for the design and delivery of […]

    Oliver Williams receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Oliver Williams, the founder of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC), received the 2018 Alliance for HOPE International Lifetime Achievement Award in Fort Worth, Texas on April 25, 2018. “Oliver Williams has changed the world for thousands of victims and offenders in the course of his amazing career. He is […]

    Social Work student selected as Congressional Intern

    Ravyn Gibbs, an M.S.W./M.P.H. student, was selected for the 2018 Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship Program. She will be interning with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Gibbs is Anishinaabe. She is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and a direct descendant of the Red Lake Nation. She holds a […]