Department of Social Work

  • Being aware of your surroundings — five helpful tips to reduce the chances of abduction

    UAB social work professor Stacy Moak provides best practices on avoiding abduction during the holiday season and every day of your life.

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  • $1.13 million grant helps combat opioid crisis, bolster mental health resources

    The goal is to train and add 63 psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and social workers to Alabama’s workforce over the course of three years.

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  • Meet the faculty developing service-learning curricula

    During the past year, 11 faculty from varied disciplines developed ideas for service-learning to promote active and ethical citizenship, social responsibility and engagement.

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  • 5 reasons to share your work at the UAB Expo

    Two past Expo presenters explain what students have to gain from UAB’s undergraduate research showcase. Abstract submissions are open now through Nov. 18.

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  • Sept. 12, Charlene Carruthers reads excerpts from her newest book, “Unapologetic”

     Carruthers’ book provides a framework for activists committed to building transformative power, and encourages young people to see themselves as visionaries and leaders.

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  • UAB’s new University Hall fans Blazer spirit with flames, dragon’s tail

    Furnishings in an array of gold and green, an artistic display of Blaze’s flames in metal panels and a colorful terrazzo floor like a dragon’s tail creatively express the spirit of UAB.

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  • For some, there’s no place like home

    On this sprawling urban campus, employees and students need to understand homelessness and learn to interact with homeless individuals in ways that are safe and respectful for both.

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  • 4 honored with Provost's Awards for Faculty Excellence

    Sami Raut, Vinoy Thomas, Stacy Moak, and Dawn Taylor Peterson demonstrated extraordinary commitment to engaging undergraduate students in service learning, undergraduate research, education-abroad experiences and team-learning environments.

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  • Mental Leaps

    UAB experts help Alabamians overcome barriers to mental health care
    Story by Gail Allyn Short • Editorial Contributors: Emily Henagan, Tiffany Westry Womack • Illustrations by Rachel Hendrix

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  • Social Work students, faculty, and partners recognized on Social Work Day

    The UAB Department of Social Work celebrated Social Work Month with students and their families, community partners, and faculty members on March 27, 2019.

    The UAB Department of Social Work celebrated Social Work Month with students and their families, community partners, and faculty members on March 27, 2019, at the Hill Student Center Ballroom.

    Wes Akins, Coordinator of Mental Health/Counseling at UAB 1917 Clinic, was the keynote speaker. We recognized the Social Work Outstanding student, Eggleston Scholarship awardee, SSWO officers, students who went to Kenya, graduating BSW and MSW students, adjunct faculty members, field supervisors, service learning community partners, and students who went to D.C. Fly-in, Alabama Conference of Social Work, and Alabama Arise Legislative Day. Twenty-six students were inducted into Phi Alpha Honors Society.

    Pictures of our awardees can be seen below, and more of them can be found on the College of Arts and Sciences Facebook page.

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  • Director of documentary on Kenyan AIDS orphanage speaks to UAB students

    Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu” to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in a remote Kenyan village who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

    Watch "Our Children - Twana Twitu" on YouTube

    Filmmaker Luke Grigg presented his documentary "Our Children - Twana Twitu" to UAB students in March. The film tells the story of brave women in the remote village of Mwingi in northeastern Kenya who stepped up to care for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. When no one else would care for the children due to fear and stigma, the women opened their hearts and held out their hands to take them in. Drawn together in common purpose, they devoted themselves to ending the neglect and misery that are the orphans’ lives, understanding that while poverty can be crippling, it doesn’t have to be. Grigg, along with With My Own 2 Hands Foundation in Laguna Beach, CA, put their story on film. 

    The filmmaker spent the day on campus and gave a class lecture to the Ethnography and Film class taught by Michele Forman. He was on hand for the screening and answered questions from students and community members across a wide range of issues. His talk focused as much on when not to take photos as when to take them. He detailed his philosophy of not taking the camera out of the bag on the first day in a place, and, instead, building a sense of friendship with community members. He also discussed his efforts to provide photos to community members who have never had their photographs taken by bringing a portable printer and taking family photos at no charge for those who want them.

    The documentary has been nominated for a Webby Award. The screening and lecture were hosted by the Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Institute for Human Rights, the Department of Anthropology, the UAB Office of Service Learning, and the Media Studies Program.

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  • Student trip to Kenya focuses on health, girl's empowerment in the Maasai community

    Over spring break, Stacy Moak, Ph.D., from the Department of Social Work and Tina Reuter, Ph.D., from the Institute of Human Rights led a study abroad trip to Kenya.

    Interested in supporting projects that keep Kenyan girls in school? Donate to the Lady Pad project, sponsored by the UAB Institute for Human Rights and the College of Arts and Sciences.Over spring break, Stacy Moak, Ph.D., from the Department of Social Work and Tina Reuter, Ph.D., from the Institute of Human Rights led a study abroad trip to Kenya. This is the second year that Social Work has offered this special topics course for students.

    The course is geared toward understanding women's rights, HIV awareness, and health issues in Kenya with particular attention to the Maasai community. Students focused on four specific projects:

    1. HIV awareness, prevention, and intervention;
    2. girl's empowerment;
    3. trauma informed care for social workers; and
    4. menstrual health management for adolescent girls.

    These focus areas were developed in collaboration with partners abroad, specifically Nashulai Conservancy and CARA rescue center for girls. A grant from the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation provided resources to donate more than 800 pieces of underwear, 20 yards of fabric and sewing essentials, and a sewing machine to the project. Social Work plans to continue to develop international efforts that provide exciting opportunities for students.

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  • Students attend the NASW-Alabama chapter’s Advocacy Day

    Seven undergraduate and graduate students attended the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Alabama Chapter’s Advocacy Day in Montgomery.

    Seven undergraduate and graduate students — Evelyn Nichols, Kelsey Allison, Joshua Sewell, Whitney Zeigler, Ashlee Lawler, Laura Sanders, and Joseph Abua — attended the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Alabama Chapter’s Advocacy Day in Montgomery on April 11, 2019. They learned about advocating for policy change with elected officials.

    Students also had the opportunity to listen to the keynote speaker, Mildred "Mit" C. Joyner who is a Professor Emerita of Social Work at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She was named an NASW Pioneer in 2011.

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  • Students learn about career opportunities at third annual Social Work Career Day

    The Department of Social Work and the UAB Career Center joined together to host the Third Annual Social Work Career Day at the Hill Student Center on March 5, 2019.

    The UAB Department of Social Work and UAB Career Center joined together to host the Third Annual Social Work Career Day at the Hill Student Center on March 5, 2019. Students learned about various employment and career opportunities that social work offers, made connections, and met potential field agencies and future employers.

    Thirty-one agencies and about 70 students participated in and benefited from the event. The participating agencies were:

    • Alabama Clinical Schools
    • Alabama Department of Public Health
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
    • Birmingham AIDS Outreach
    • Birmingham City Schools
    • Children's Aid Society
    • Chilton Shelby Mental Health
    • CJFS
    • Family Court of Jefferson County
    • Fellowship house
    • Gateway
    • GLENWOOD
    • Guideway Care
    • Home Instead Senior Care
    • Impact America
    • Jefferson County Public Defender's Office
    • Jessie's Place
    • Lifeline Children's Services
    • Mountain Lakes Behavioral Healthcare
    • OASIS
    • Peace Corps
    • State of Alabama Department of Human Resources
    • The Bell Center
    • The Learning Tree
    • UAB Medical West
    • UAB Obstetrics/Gynecology - Maternity Services
    • United Way of Central Alabama, Inc.
    • US Army Health Care Recruiting
    • Veteran Infrastructure Products
    • VIVA Health
    • YMCA Camp Cosby

    You can see some images from the event below, and more on the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Facebook page!

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  • The College Honors 2018 Alumni Award Recipients at Annual Reception

    The College of Arts and Sciences recognized three notable alumni at the annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon on March 21, 2019. Our 2018 honorees were recognized for their diverse talents, professional accomplishments, and community service.

    The College of Arts and Sciences recognized three notable alumni at the annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon on March 21, 2019. Our 2018 honorees were recognized for their diverse talents, professional accomplishments, and community service. Congratulations to our three deserving winners!

    Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

    David Brasfield, B.S. in Computer Science, 1984

    This is the College’s highest honor, and is awarded to prominent alumni who have achieved distinction through exceptional contribution to their professions. This award highlights the diverse talents, notable accomplishments and extraordinary service of our alumni and is reserved for those with a history of excellence in their careers.

    David Brasfield is the current founder and CEO of NXTsoft.com. Over the last 30 years, he has demonstrated a track record of success in creating and developing several technology companies from inception through to successful exit.

    David has successfully developed and implemented strategies for sales, marketing and software product development. He is the founder and former CEO of Tri-Novus Capital, LLC, SBS Corporation, SBS Data Services, Inc., Brasfield Technology, LLC and Brasfield Data Services, LLC, all of which were providers of automation technology solutions for community financial institutions. He has been a director of a community bank and is currently a member of other boards in the Birmingham area, including our Department of Computer Science Advisory Board.

    Distinguished Young Alumni Award

    Ashley M. Jones, B.A. in English, 2012, UAB; M.F.A. in poetry, Florida International University

    This award honors alumni age 40 or younger for significant accomplishments in industry and/or their career field or for service in the College.

    Ashley M. Jones is a poet, organizer, and educator from Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UAB and an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University. She is the author of Magic City Gospel and dark / / thing. Her poetry has earned local and national awards, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.

    Her poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming at CNN, The Oxford American, Origins Journal, The Quarry by Split This Rock, Obsidian, and many others. She teaches at UAB and at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival here in Birmingham.

    Alumni Service Award

    Isabel Rubio, B.A. in History, 1987, Southern Mississippi University; B.S. in Social Work, 1993, UAB

    This award honors alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the local, national, or global community.

    Isabel Rubio was born in Mississippi and is a second-generation Mexican-American. After graduating from UAB, she went to work in the social work field in the greater Birmingham area. After eight years, she founded the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) in 1999, where she has served as Executive Director since 2001.

    ¡HICA! is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers Alabama’s Hispanic community through its educational, leadership, community development, and advocacy work. ¡HICA! has engaged thousands of Hispanics across Alabama to increase opportunities and, as the only Latino-serving organization in Alabama, is a bridge builder with many local, regional and national organizations.

    Isabel is deeply involved in her community and serves on numerous local, statewide, and national boards, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Alabama Business Charitable Trust, and the Regions Financial Corporation Diversity Council.

    As a result of her many years of experience, Isabel is now a nationally recognized speaker on the issue of immigrants in the South.

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  • Blazer Kitchen enriches the campus, community and curriculum

    In just two years, the campus food bank has served more than 156,300 meals to students, employees, patients and their families with the help of volunteers, including students from the Department of Social Work learning to apply the principles that guide their profession.

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  • Department of Social Work Students and Faculty attend Alabama Arise’s Legislative Day

    As part of this year’s Social Work Month celebration, four BSW students and Dr. Laurel Hitchcock went to Alabama Arise’s Legislative Day on March 19th in Montgomery, AL to learn more about how to advocate for policy change with elected officials.

    As part of this year’s Social Work Month celebration, four BSW students and Dr. Laurel Hitchcock went to Alabama Arise’s Legislative Day on March 19th in Montgomery, AL to learn more about how to advocate for policy change with elected officials.

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  • 8 grants awarded to promote innovative teaching

    The proposals, which support new approaches to instruction and learning in a team environment, reflect the "incredible diversity of creative scholarship" at UAB.

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  • UAB celebrates accreditation of innovative Master of Social Work program

    The UAB Department of Social Work has received accreditation for its innovative Master of Social Work program.

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  • BSW mentor program launches

    The first mentor group includes four students paired with four mentors.

    With the help of Grace Dugger, our Social Work Alumni Society President, we launched our Bachelor of Social Work mentor program.

    Our first cohort includes four mentees and four mentors! Three of the students and two of the mentors were able to come to the first meeting. We had a great time meeting each other while sharing a meal.

    We are very excited to have mentor program and offer our students an opportunity to learn and grow beyond classroom setting.

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