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    SSW alum Neerja Singh named 2023 Bush Fellow

    The Bush Foundation has named School of Social Work alum Neerja Singh (MSW ’03) a 2023 Bush Fellow. The fellowship is a recognition of a person’s extraordinary accomplishments and support for their potential. The Fellowship includes a grant of up to $100,000 to help awardees strengthen and develop their leadership. Singh is currently a behavioral […]

    SSW Faculty Member, Dr. Jessica Toft, Takes Three PhD Students to Capitol

    Johara Suleiman — PhD advisee of School of Social Work faculty member, Dr. Jessica Toft — recently participated in a unique workshop at the Minnesota Capitol. The workshop was organized by Dr. Toft, who served as a Legislative Policy Advocate for Family & Children’s Service (now known as Family Partnership) from 1994 to 1996. “I […]

    Joan Blakey receives prestigious social work service and leadership award

    Joan Blakey, associate professor and director of the School of Social Work, is a recipient of the prestigious 2023 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Established Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award. The award recognizes a social work educator with 10 years or longer of service and leadership excellence and pays tribute […]

    School of Social Work Announces New Operations Director, Crystal Heimer

    The School of Social Work has welcomed Crystal Heimer as its new Director of Operations. Prior to joining the University, Crystal worked at the Mayo Clinic for twenty years— most recently in the role of Administrative Office Manager in Psychiatry.  She completed her bachelor’s degree, and MBA, from Western Governors University during the pandemic.  Says […]

    Journal of Family Violence names Lynette M. Renner as editor-in-chief

    School of Social Work Professor Lynette M. Renner has been named the incoming editor-in-chief of the Journal of Family Violence (JOFV). JOFV is committed to the dissemination of rigorous research on preventing, ending, and ameliorating all forms of family violence. Renner has served on the editorial board of the journal for the past four years. […]