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Nov 17, 2015

Where There’s A Will … Nontraditional Student Studies Abroad

Thomasina Williams is a nontraditional student who is willing to step outside the familiar. A social work major, wife and mother of two, she's the first member of her family to attend college. And this summer, she packed her bags and traveled to Italy, where she learned Italian and studied the history and culture of land far from home. She says she's a changed person, and glad for it. Read the Q & A. 

Apr 29, 2015

Student Melds Business Entrepreneurship With Service

Meredith Davis, a sophomore majoring in social work, is combining business entrepreneurship and service as she works with staff from NC State's Social Entrepreneurship Initiative to establish a chapter of Nourish International on campus. 

Apr 10, 2015

Suicide Prevention at the NC State University Department of Social Work: May, 2015 Program Updates

When a suicide occurs, it impacts multiple individuals including family members, friends, coworkers, and others in a community. Because colleges or universities are usually close-knit communities, a suicide in this environment can be devastating. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 34 according the Centers for Disease Control and… 

Feb 26, 2015

A Day in a Different Life: Dean for a Day

Dean Jeff Braden became a social work student for a day, handing over leadership of Humanities and Social Sciences to Caterina Schenck. Student Braden and Dean Schenck share their experiences -- that included an educational summit with UNC President Tom Ross, NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson, Governor McCrory and others -- and their insights in this post. 

Dec 10, 2014

Preparing the Next Generation of Mental Health Workers

Too many young people are at risk for mental health and substance abuse issues. And not enough trained professionals are there to help them, especially in rural areas. With a $1.1M grant, NC State’s Department of Social Work is launching a new workforce program to recruit and train the next generation of mental health professionals who work with young adults. 

Jul 1, 2014

NC State’s MSW Program Ranked 16th in Affordability

An article in the online resource Social Work Degree Guide lists NC State University as number 16 among the most affordable MSW programs in the United States. The ranking comes from a combination of the top 100 social work degree programs in the US News and World Report and the top schools on the National Center… 

Feb 5, 2014

Students Conduct Research for Stop Hunger Now in Dominican Republic

NC State graduate students in the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program are conducting on-the-ground research for international nonprofit Stop Hunger Now in the Dominican Republic, where they are visiting medical facilities, orphanages and schools to evaluate the impact Stop Hunger Now is having there. 

Student Shadow on bricks

Oct 4, 2012

Ramping Up Suicide Prevention at NC State

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Social Work researchers Willa Casstevens and Jodi Hall have received a federal campus suicide prevention grant that they hope will help change campus culture around suicide, and ultimately, change the statistics, too. 

Sep 26, 2012

Hard Work in High School Pays Off for Dean’s Scholar Award Winners

CHASS awarded its first Dean’s Scholar Awards to four incoming freshmen who were high school standouts. "We wanted to encourage the best and brightest to make NC State and CHASS their first choice,” said Dean Jeff Braden. “After meeting with our first crop of Dean's Scholars, I’m convinced we’re on the right path. These students will make us proud." The scholarships are made possible through contributions to the CHASS Enhancement Fund. 

Mar 14, 2012

Dealing with Trauma and its Aftermath

At a time when many families are adjusting to soldiers returning from combat, significant job layoffs, foreclosures on home mortgages, high rates of crime, and interpersonal violence, there is an increased demand for social workers. NC State’s Department of Social Work has increased enrollment in its undergraduate and graduate programs to meet that demand. We are preparing the next generation of practitioners to help people deal with the aftermath of trauma.