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Social Work Spotlight

  • Get to Know Dallas Pettigrew

    What is your role in the School?

    I am an Assistant Clinical Professor on the Tulsa campus. 

    Have you always lived in Oklahoma? Or, are you a transplant? Tell us more! 

    I was raised in Southern Adair County, I moved to Deep East Texas for a year when I was 21, and I lived in Bryson City, NC, for a year in 2015-2016. Otherwise I have lived in Tahlequah, OK and now, Tulsa, OK.

    Where did you go to school? 

    Rocky Mountain Elementary, Stilwell Public Schools, Northeastern State University, and OU-Tulsa!

    What are some of your favorite places you’ve worked, work you’ve done? 

    I really enjoyed working at Wal-Mart as a teenager, and I liked working with families in the Child Welfare System. I love the job I have now.

    Why do you like working at OU? 

    I get to be around current and future Social Workers all day long!

    What motivated you to pursue your area of research? 

    Childhood trauma and its results have devastated my state and community. I've worked with people in the helping field for about 20 years and until graduate school, didn't really know what to do. Now I have some ideas and I want to share them widely! Child Welfare, Parenting Education, Children's Behavioral Health, Underage Alcohol Prevention, Tribes, and Early Care and Education are really the most important things to me.

    What goals do you have for your time here at OU? 

    I would like to see our program become even more diverse than it already is. We should be representative of all the people of Oklahoma.

    What is your favorite thing about social work – or what surprised you about social work? 

    One thing I love about social work is our Code of Ethics, specifically our Core Values: Service, , Social Justice, Integrity, Competency, the Importance of Human Relationships, and the Dignity and Worth of the Individual. I also love that Social Work uses science to guide our work. We don't just do what feels good, we do what we know works!

    Do you have any hobbies? Please tell us about one? 

    I like to kayak and hike when I have time. And I like road trips.

    Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that few people know or that would surprise people? 

    I am a shy person, but work really hard to be extroverted.

    Learn more!

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    What is your role in the School?I am an Assistant Clinical Professor on the Tulsa campus. Have you always lived in Oklahoma? Or, are you a transplant? Tell us more! I was raised in Southern Adair County, I moved to Deep East Texas for a year when I was 21, and I lived in Bryson City, NC, for a year in 2015-2016.   Read More...

  • Get to Know Courtney Graham

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  • Get to Know Claudette Grinnell-Davis

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  • Humanities Forum Fellows, Chloe Noyorei-Corbett & David Moxley, Outcast and Outlands, 2016- 2017

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    Kick off of the Diplomacy Lab titled “Social Work and Refugee Resettlement” led by Dr. Noyori-Corbett!!"The Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the US State Department to “course-source” research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges, by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country."- US Department of StateAfter the lecture and the discussion with the State Department Official in t...  Read More...

  • Alumni Happenings: Thank you to OU MSW program

    "Just wanted to send a BIG THANK YOU to the Tulsa OU MSW program professors and staff for the support they gave during my MSW journey. Commuting from Lawton to finish the program was tough, but I'm glad I finished the program. On August 7, 2017, I began my new career as a Psychological Clinican II at the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center with the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA)." - Pennyrose Perez, MSW ('17)Our array of flexible program options for working students allows man...  Read More...

  • Students in Action: Mindfulness Presentation

    Bethany Trueblood, an MSW student and graduate assistant at OU-Tulsa, gave a presentation about practicing mindfulness on August 4th to entrepreneurs at 36 Degrees North, a growing entrepreneurial hub in the Brady Arts District. The focus of the presentation was on using mindfulness techniques to help individuals gain control and raise awareness of how they interact with their surroundings, especially when under stress. Dustin Curzon, Executive Director of 36 Degrees North, approached the Anne a...  Read More...

  • Administrative Changes for Fall 2017

    The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work has had a busy summer! We are pleased to announce the addition of several new faculty and staff members on both the Norman and Tulsa Campuses. Please join us in welcoming our new colleagues!   Read More...

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    You may remember learning about a new practicum placement with the Tulsa Fire Department in a recent spotlight post. Here's the latest on this placement:Students embedded in the Tulsa Fire Department have, to date, served 58 clients. The initial program data run in the first six weeks of the practicum showed an 80% decrease in 911 calls from the top 10 utilizers of emergency services. The most current data, 14 weeks into the practicum, of the top 10 super utilizers shows an average of 5...  Read More...

  • Community in Action: Guíamos South OKC Community Celebration

    On Saturday April 22, 2017 the OKC Southside Initiative, an innovative social work practicum unit of 6 interns instructed of Dr. Brady, co-hosted the Guíamos community event in South Oklahoma City. The focus of Guíamos was on bringing community members together to celebrate youth produced creative, literary, visual, and performance arts that were undertaken as part of the Southside Initiative’s winter/spring programming.   Read More...

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