“Objects of Resilience”

Message from the Director By Annie Isabel Fukushima, PhD, Director of the Initiative for Transformative Social Work, University of Utah College of Social Work   “Objects of Resilience” is a project by the Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) at the University of Utah College of Social Work. The exhibit went on display on April…
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ITSW Social Justice Small Grants Program: Spring 2017 Awardee Announcement

The Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Social Justice Small Grants Program recipients. The Social Justice Small Grants Program is intended to fund social justice projects by students, staff and faculty affiliated with the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. ITSW seeks to develop and…
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Wor(L)ds Surrounding Religion

By Sarah Anderson, Master of Social Work Student, 2016-2017 ITSW Experiential Scholar   “Everyone has a unique story to tell about religion. I know how easy it is to prescribe a certain set of ideals and values onto your understanding somebody else’s religion when really our job as social workers, our job as human beings,…
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Relegating Refugees to Waiting

By Caren J. Frost, PhD, MPH, Director of the Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration, University of Utah College of Social Work   On Friday, January 27, President Trump issued an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  At first read, this executive order is troubling…
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UCJC to play key role as county moves to reduce homelessness and criminal behavior

This morning Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the launch of two new Pay for Success initiatives to address two long-running challenges: persistent homelessness and adults with repeat stays in jail.  The programs—operated by local nonprofits The Road Home and First Step House—will be independently evaluated by the Utah Criminal Justice Center at the…
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Independence in Older Adults

By Beth Adair, Master of Social Work Student, 2016-2017 George S. and Delores Doré Eccles Neighbors Helping Neighbors Scholar   For the past seven months, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with older adults through the University of Utah College of Social Work’s Neighbor’s Helping Neighbors (NHN) program. This experience has provided…
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Remembering Gene Wilder

By Troy Andersen, PhD, LCSW, Director of the W.D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging, University of Utah College of Social Work   One of the most memorable scenes from the 1974 classic “Young Frankenstein” was when Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) sent Igor (Marty Feldman) in search of a brain for his greatest scientific experiment: creating life….
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Micro Losses: The Effects of Repeated Physical and Relational Losses

By Sarah Stephenson, MSW Student, 2015-2016 George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Neighbors Helping Neighbors Scholar   Loss happens during every stage of life.  As a person begins to age, they learn to adapt to many different types of loss including physical, social, and emotional losses.  Some of these losses may even go to the…
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Utah’s Invisible Population

By Charles Hoy-Ellis, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Utah College of Social Work   Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) adults aged 50 and older are at significantly greater risk for poor mental and physical health outcomes compared to same-age older heterosexual adults; not because they are LGBT, but as a result of the direct…
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Five Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

By Ella Butler, Career Coach at University of Utah Career Services   Hello from your Career Services Coach! As you gear up for Social Work Career Prep Month, I wanted to provide some tips & tricks to help make your resume stand out. FIVE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR RESUME STAND OUT: Tailor your resume to…
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