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KU-led grant will empower underserved communities to address racial disparities in state's child welfare system

A new partnership led by the KU School of Social Welfare will empower members of underserved communities to identify and address the problems of racial bias and inequity in the child welfare system.

Study shows wealth does not ensure equal amounts of health across race, ethnicity

A recent study by Assistant Professor Sicong "Summer" Sun analyzes national data and reports of mental health and well-being. The study shows it takes more financial assets for people of color to have the same health outcomes as white Americans.

Research partnership shows parenting skills more effective at reuniting families

Researchers from KU’s School of Social Welfare worked with social service agencies in Oklahoma for more than 15 years to test several evidence-based interventions to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families affected by substance use.

Melinda Lewis promoted to full professor of the practice

Melinda Lewis earned a promotion to full professor of the practice. Lewis has been with the School of Social Welfare since 2013.

Haricombe Gallery to open new exhibit with events featuring KU scholars in association with Common Book Program

A new digital exhibit in Watson Library’s Haricombe Gallery will showcase KU scholars, centering the importance of imagination and visiona

One year after Mahsa Jina Amini's death, KU researchers analyze social media responses in Iran

One year ago, Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Jina Amini was killed, setting off some of the largest protests in Iran’s recent history. A new study from the University of Kansas examines how social media has powered the protests and if the cause has shifted away from a women’s rights focus, like many…

Study examines role religion substance use services finds often located communities color

People have turned to religion and spirituality to deal with crises and critical needs for centuries. A new publication from KU and Georgetown University explored the religious orientation of facilities within the substance use and addiction system of care.

Search for Assistant Professor of Social Welfare

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare (KUSSW) is seeking candidates for two tenure-track assistant professor positions to begin Fall 2024 for academic year appointments.

Toni Johnson Center announces 12 scholars selected to program

The Toni Johnson Center for Racial and Social Justice is pleased to have selected 12 School of Social Welfare students as a part of the Toni Johnson Scholars Program.  

2023-2024 Sigler Aging Scholars announced

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare is pleased to announce the Sigler Aging Scholars Program has selected three students as the 2023-2024 Sigler Aging Scholars.  

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Three graduates of the Integrated Health Scholars Program shared their stories from the program

Alumni Stories from the Integrated Health Scholars Program

Nearly 250 graduates of the Integrated Health Scholars program are now providing integrated health care to under-served communities in Kansas and western Missouri. Hear from recent graduates of the program.

Partnerships Equip More Social Workers to Serve Rural Kansas

MSW students taking classes through partnership programs at Pittsburg State University and K-State Salina answer the call for more social workers in underserved communities.

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University of Kansas: ‘Strong’ Action: New Plan for Child Welfare

The Universal Prevention for Strong and Thriving Families (“Family Strong”) demonstration project at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare aims to preempt the traditional child welfare system, which is often threatening to families in need.

Calling Kansans to Action: Tell Legislators to Reject Bills Attacking Transgender Youths

In the first few months of 2023, nearly 500 bills have been introduced that aim to limit access to supportive and lifesaving resources for transgender youth and adults.

Boarding Schools for Native American Children Left ‘a Lot of Wounds’ That are Still Fresh

Sept. 30, Orange Shirt Day, is a day of remembrance designated to honor children who never returned home, as well as those who live with lasting trauma from federal boarding schools. University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University educators discussed the lasting effects during a Zoom panel.

K-State Salina Launches Master of Social Work Partnership with University of Kansas

The cooperative between K-State Salina and KU will increase the availability of graduate-level social work education in rural areas of Kansas while meeting the gaps in coverage that human service agencies in rural areas of the state have been experiencing.