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Social Work Spotlight

  • 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 many of our students to commute from rural Oklahoma to Norman or Tulsa to attend class. This commute adds additional educational expenses for these students, who expend a great deal of effort to complete their degrees. Many of these students live in rural areas and ultimately serve in communities with high needs and few social workers after graduation. Our support of them is vital to the future of the social work workforce in Oklahoma. Support for communiting students is provided through the Deborah Grace Toops Memorial Scholarship. 

    If you would like to give towards this scholarship fund, or a number of our other scholarships, please visit our giving page

    Additionally, Pennyrose was also a Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE's) Minority Fellow (CSWE MFP-Y). She would encourage anyone interested in this experience to reach out


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  • Faculty CSWE Council Appointment

    Faculty member Dr. Karen Gray has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the CSWE Council on Conferences and Faculty Development. As a council member, she will work to implement the Annual Program Meeting and regional conferences as well as setting policy guidelines for CSWE-sponsored faculty and development initiatives.   Read More...

  • Photovoice Project

    Recent MSW Alumna Jennifer Briggs shares her experiences working on a Photovoice project as recently shared in the Tulsa World: a Photovoice Study on the Strengths and Needs of Oklahomans Living with HIV/AIDS. Photovoice is a form of community participatory research which combines photography with grass roots social action. The goal of photovoice is to give a platform to members of our community who are often marginalized to share their experience and hopefully garner some kind of social ch...  Read More...

  • LEND Program

    LEND (Leadership Education in Neuro-developmetal and Related Disabilities) is a nationwide training program sponsored by the Maternal Child Health Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In Oklahoma, the LEND Interdisciplinary Leadership Education Program prepares graduate students for leadership roles as professionals with interdisciplinary skills to support community-based partnerships with professional colleagues, clients, and families. Within a 300...  Read More...

  • Student Research - Vanessa Brown

    Vanessa Brown, MSW Student, summarizes her current work with Professor Ric Munoz: Qualitative Analysis of the Relationship Between Empowerment and Hope for Safety Among Victims of Intimate Partner Violence. In an effort to move research with victims of IPV from depressive symptomatology onto psychological strengths this study explored the relationship between empowerment and hope as measured through subjective perceptions of control of victims of IPV. Empowerment theory states that individuals m...  Read More...

  • There's Only One

    Professors Ann Riley and Steven Wells served as “counselor-judges” at the American Bar Association National Client Counseling Competition hosted by the OU College of Law this spring. Counselor judges are used because the ABA believes this provides training for the law students on both legal and interpersonal skills. Congrats to our faculty for being asked and for serving the greater OU community.   Read More...

  • Student Research - Kara Brunk

    Kara Brunk, MSW student, shares about her research as presented at the 33rd Annual Oklahoma Council on Family Relations Conference. Research has found that people with higher levels of hope are able to identify and engage in multiple avenues toward their goals. Moreover, life satisfaction is considered the cognitive component of what we colloquially call “happiness”.   Read More...

  • Student Research - Sheyda Zakerion

    Sheyda Zakerion is a BSW student, AmeriCorps member, and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, just to list a few things. Recently she has been working on some new research that she shares with us today.   Read More...

  • Faculty Activity

    Dr. David Moxley has been elected to serve as a member of the Graduate Council. The Graduate Council is the governing body for all policies relating to Graduate Education on the Norman Campus.   Read More...

  • Student Research - Jedediah Bragg

    Jedediah Bragg, MSW Student and Graduate Research Assistant, shares his current work as presented at the 2014 OU Tulsa Research Forum. He was awarded third place in the Social and Behavioral Research category. Both The World Health Organization and The Institute of Medicine have recommended a shift from traditional healthcare systems to interdisciplinary healthcare teams.   Read More...

  • Faculty Activity

    Anthony Natale and Christina Miller have been elected to serve as representatives on the College of Arts & Sciences Committees. Dr. Natale will serve on the Executive Committee representing the Professional Programs.   Read More...

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