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Yolanda Spears Receives 2021 University of Iowa Diversity Catalyst Award

Social Work Clinical Assistant Professor Yolanda Spears has been named the recipient of a University of Iowa 2021 Diversity Catalyst Award.

University of Iowa announces 2021 winners of Annual National Poetry Contest for Social Workers

The University of Iowa School of Social Work conducts an annual, nationwide poetry contest to affirm and encourage the creative talent of social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession.

Ross Wilburn (1989BASW, 1993MSW) on "Talk of Iowa"

Biden won the White House, but Democrats lost ground in the U.S. House and the Iowa legislature. On this edition of River to River, the new chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, Ross Wilburn. Host Ben Kieffer asks for Wilburn’s take on Trump's popularity in Iowa and asks him to look ahead to 2022 and 2024. They also discuss the future of the Iowa caucuses and the debate over the nominating process one year after Iowa’s first-in-the-nation contest ended in a muddle of delayed results.

How to Honor Black History (Month), from the School of Social Work

February is Black History Month. It is our hope that all social workers—and not just those who are Black—will take time out to reflect on the achievement and contributions of Black social workers to the profession. There are still those who question the need, basis, or reason for having a month set apart for such celebration and recognition as Black History Month. Celebrating Black History Month is crucial as society continues to grapple with racism, prejudice, and white supremacy.

State Rep. Ross Wilburn elected to lead Iowa Democratic Party as chairman

Ross Wilburn will lead the Iowa Democratic Party as its next chairperson, steering Democrats through what is expected to be a challenging midterm election in 2022 and a battle to retain the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses.

UI Online MSW Program ranked in Top Ten Nationally

College Consensus has published its first-ever ranking of the 25 Best Online Master's in Social Work programs for 2021--and The University of Iowa School of Social Work is ranked in the Top Ten. College Consensus ranked the UI Online MSW Program #9 in the nation for 2021, based on cost, reputation, and student success rate.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline and Social Work

Schools and juvenile court systems within the United States were not intended to work together, but they have now developed an unfortunate partnership that is commonly known as the school-to-prison-pipeline.

Iowa Aging Summit presentations now available on YouTube

the University of Iowa School of Social Work has released to the public the presentation videos from the Iowa Aging Summit, which took place September 17-18, 2020, online. The Iowa Aging Summit drew inspiration from one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: “Quality Education to transform our world”—and focused on exchanging information and ideas related to enriching the experience of older adulthood through education across the lifespan.

Amiya Jones: Athlete, Advocate, Explorer

Amiya Jones, a Social Work and Political Science double major with a minor in Spanish, came to the UI on a volleyball scholarship and has proven to be a leader in many ways, including serving on the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

Sara Sanders Named Interim Dean for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Social Work Professor Sara Sanders, MSW, Ph.D, has been named Interim Dean in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).