School of Social Welfare News

Research Impact Talks presented by the Social Welfare Research Office

Research Impact Talks

Hosting a series of Research Impact Talks highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to social work. These events will be held virtually to facilitate access for KU alumni and community stakeholders across the state.

Grand Challenges for Social Work Event Series

Grand Challenges for Social Work Events  

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Center for Community Engagement and Collaboration (CCEC) will host a series of interactive panels highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to the Grand Challenges for Social Work.


Latest News

Kansas Racial Equity Collaborative Pursuing Racial Equity in Kansas Child Welfare: A Collaborative Effort

Limited seats still available for the in-person Kansas Racial Equity Collaborative Symposium focusing on connection, collaboration, and action planning at individual and macro levels.

Center for Teaching Excellence at KU announcement:

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LAWRENCE — Organizations regularly need to implement change initiatives to stay current, update technology, improve efficiency, enter new markets or make other improvements. However, research has suggested that more than half of change initiatives attempted in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry fail. A new study from the University of Kansas has found that six change strategies are key to successful implementation and two of them are vital for highly successful, sustained change.

In the Media

KU researchers to lead a program to improve safe sleep practices for babies and families

Pegah Naemi Jimenez, associate researcher in social welfare at KU and principal investigator of the Missouri Childrens’ Trust Safe Sleep Grant Program Evaluation.

Lawrence teens create ‘no judgment’ period supply closet for all who menstruate

KU School of Social Welfare has supported the cause with printing and mentorship, including tips on how to make a grassroots project sustainable into the future.

New coalition working to stifle institutional racism in Kansas foster care system

Project aims to build understanding rather than escalate blame game

Kansas bill on transgender girls in holding pattern

Important role Dr. Megan Paceley's research is playing in Kansas legislative discussions.

Honors & Awards

Dr. Carlson receives University of Minnesota CEHD Alumni Society Award of Excellence

University of Minnesota Alumni Society Award of Excellence

Recognizes two alumni each year who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in their profession, served as mentors to others in their field, or shown exceptional volunteer service.
Doctoral student Omowunmi Olaleye

Doctoral student Omowunmi Olaleye

Invited to participate in the LEAD: Leadership, Equity, Diversity for Higher Education training in October organized by the Center for Innovation in Child Maltreatment Policy, Research and Training (CICM)
Terry L. Koenig, PhD, LSCSW has received a KU Digital Humanities fellowship

Terry L. Koenig, PhD, LSCSW has received a KU Digital Humanities fellowship

Her project involves a seven-year partnership with Cometa, an agency in Como, Italy that is increasingly providing vocational training to African refugees and has received European Union acknowledgement for its network of welcoming agencies and business partners who provide employment-based internships.

From our newsletters

Researcher Studying Care and Safety Practices in Home-based Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the world was reeling from the growing threat to our health and wellbeing, Carrie Wendel-Hummell’s thoughts went immediately to a group of people she knows well and is passionate about serving: older adults, people with disabilities, and the workers and caregivers who make it possible for these folks to remain in their own homes.

KU Social Welfare Leader Has Focused Career on Ending Poverty

Deborah Adams has spent years working with colleagues at KU and beyond to end poverty. She is passionate about helping develop policies and practices that will address income and asset poverty. This passion was ignited by what she witnessed early in her social work career, directing a shelter for survivors of intimate partner violence and their children.

Initiative Supports Well-being of Native American Families in Kansas

Michelle Levy, director, and Maria Fairman, project coordinator, are part of the team at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare who is leading the implementation of this five-year initiative funded by a Regional Partnership Grant from the Children’s Bureau, a federal agency focused on improving the lives of children and families

Open Access Article Available

Dr. Meg Paceley recently published the article "I have Nowhere to Go: A Multiple-Case Study of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth, their Families, and Healthcare Experiences" via open access with the assistance of KU Social Welfare Research Development Funds.

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