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Essay: Social work has become the 21st-centry law degree

Posted on November 8th, 2016 by dlefmann

“Whether it is San Bernardino or Sandy Hook, the Sept. 11 attacks or urban police shootings, a certain (perhaps surprising) academic field is the glue that tries to keep people’s lives together, argues John L. Jackson Jr.”  Continue reading…

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Social Work Student Recruited for National Leadership Program

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by staff

Patricia Tortora at the right Dr. Susan Allen, Master of Social Work Program Director, describes graduate student Patricia Tortora as a person who sees chances and chases them. “She just embraces opportunities wherever she encounters them,” she said, “and fortunately, we encounter opportunities for growth and learning every day, and in every place, when we […]

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Together Tupelo: Workshop opens dialogue about race, privilege

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by staff

WRITTEN BY M. SCOTT MORRIS // THE DAILY JOURNAL TUPELO – In some ways, the organizers of Tuesday night’s Together Tupelo meeting set the bar low. For instance, nobody was expected to end racism, violence or inequality. “What we’re trying to do is make a deposit on each of those things,” said Tony Caldwell, one […]

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UM Student Orientation Leader Talks Love For Social Work

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by staff

In an interview with the Oxford Citizen, Cole Putman, rising senior, talks about his job as a student orientation leader at the University of Mississippi. The article wrote, “Cole can be found getting snacks, giving directions, and giving tours of the University of Mississippi from a student’s perspective. Putman is a student orientation leader, and […]

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Clayton Overcomes Addiction, Homelessness to Earn UM Degree

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by dlefmann

Dedication and hard work helps grandfather turn his life around while helping others MAY 9, 2016 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM OXFORD, Miss. – In 2008, Ricky Clayton was in his early 50s, lost in the throes of a life-threatening painkiller addiction and homeless in Memphis. Substance abuse had been with him like a shadow for more than 30 […]

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Social Work Student Wins Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Posted on May 13th, 2016 by staff

OXFORD, Miss. – Every leap year since 2008, a University of Mississippi student has been surprised with a Morris K. Udall Scholarship. This year is no exception, as Grace Sullivan became the university’s third recipient of the prestigious academic award. The junior social work major from Madison got the news recently when she was summoned […]

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Social Work Department Makes Huge Strides

Posted on May 13th, 2016 by staff

OXFORD, Miss. – With a significant climb in national rankings and the hiring of tenure-track faculty, the Department of Social Work at the University of Mississippi is experiencing unprecedented growth. Dr. Jandel Crutchfield presents her social work research. U.S. News and World Report ranked the department’s master’s program No. 103 out of 200 nationally, which […]

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Drs. Burlaka and Lefmann Present at UM/UMMC Research Day 2016

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by dlefmann

March 3rd, 2016: Dr. Viktor Burlaka and Dr. Tess Lefmann spent the day in Jackson, MS at UMMC presenting and discussing their research.  Dr. Lefmann, assistant professor in the Dept. of Social Work, shared her research about the effects of prenatal stress and poverty on fetal growth. Dr. Burlaka discussed the early findings from a […]

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Social Work Advocacy Day 2016

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 by dlefmann

Join us and NASW-MS chapter at our state capitol in Jackson for the 2016 Social Work Advocacy Day. This year our press conference theme will focus on the foster care system in Mississippi, and the reality of success. The advocacy day organizers want to fill the Rotunda with schools of social work (us!) and social work […]

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Volunteers Needed!

Posted on February 17th, 2016 by dlefmann

The Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South 2016 Conference is needing student volunteers.  More on the conference here. Please contact Dr. Amy Fisher at or 662.915.1344 if you are interested.  Volunteers will able to attend the conference for free and rumor has it food is involved.

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