Welcoming our new students

August 27th, 2015 by webmaster

New student orientation for full-time Master of Social Work students was held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Jackson Medical Mall. The students represented a combination of traditional and non-traditional students who attended universities and colleges across the state of Mississippi. Michael Reed, a recent graduate of Alcorn State University, said, “I felt Jackson State University provides a nice learning environment and a number of my family members attended the university.” Reed chose to major in social work because he wants to impact society and communities in a positive way.

Dr. Shonda Lawrence, Chair of Graduate Social Work Programs, remarked, “It is inspiring to see the continued student enrollment growth in the School of Social Work. We are looking forward to a productive and successful year.”

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MSW Students Visit Jewish Synagogue

July 14th, 2015 by socialwork

McKenny Class 2MSW students in Mrs. Bernice McKenny’s Human Diversity class visited Beth Israel Synagogue to learn about local Jewish culture. The students were given a tour of the synagogue and provided information on Jewish culture, religion, and tradition. Mrs. McKenny said, “The information gathered will equip the students to be culturally competent social workers.”

The students also participated in a community service activity providing school supplies to local school children. The Teen Advisory Board, a program of the Independent Living Division of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, provided the bags and the MSW students contributed the supplies. The students delivered the bags and made a presentation on local Jewish culture to school-age children who are attending a summer camp at a local church.

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PhD Student Presents at MVSU Symposium

April 22nd, 2015 by socialwork

Valerie Carson Photo (2)Valerie Carson, a 2nd year social work doctoral student, presented her paper, Boys2Men: The Challenges of Black Men in the Criminal Justice System, at the 35th Annual Social Work Conference in Greenwood, MS. Dr. Kristie Lipford, Assistant Professor of Social Work, was the faculty advisor for this presentation.
MSVU SW Conference Program


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Linda Pendleton (2)Linda Pendleton, a 2nd year social work doctoral student, recently served as a discussion leader at The University of Mississippi Medical Center's – Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities Journal Club.
Health Disparities Journal Club Flyer 4-21-15

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Red Carpet Gala

Red Carpet Gala a Success

April 15th, 2015 by webmaster

The School of Social Work– College of Public Service held its first Red Carpet Gala on Saturday, April 11th in the JSU Student Center. The red carpet was rolled out for attendees to stroll across and have their photographs taken. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships and professional development opportunities for social work students. 

The atmosphere was charged with the excitement of a committed group of social work education supporters.  President Carolyn W. Meyers and members of her cabinet were in attendance. Ms. Tina Archie, a BSW student, drew a portrait of the president. Dr. Ricardo Brown, dean of the College of Public Service; Dr. Shonda Lawrence, chair of the Bachelor of Social Work Program and Gala Planning Committee, and Ms. Archie surprised the president with the portrait. Dr. Meyers was quite pleased and expressed her gratitude.

Joy Redmond, co-anchor, WLBT/Fox 40 News, served as the mistress of ceremony. Redmond reminded the audience that, “the School of Social Work at Jackson State University is the only university in the state that offers all three programs: BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. in Social Work.” Lucas Watson, Social Work/Field Supervisor for Jefferson County Hospital was among the attendees at the gala and looks forward to the next one. He said the event was, “well-organized and was exceptional for the first time.” 

Entertainment was provided by House of Cards and allowed everyone to unwind and enjoy the festive occasion by dancing to a wide range of music. The gala is truly the peak of this academic year for the School of Social Work. 

Dr. Shonda Lawrence remarked, “The Gala is the first annual red carpet event for the School of Social Work.  The culmination of hard work, dedication, and commitment to the successful matriculation of our students resulted in this spectacular evening.  Hats off to the committee members and cites Henry Ford’s quote, “’Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.’  I am already looking forward to next year.”

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