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Social Work Spotlight

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

    With over 270,000 of the stateless Muslim minority, the Rohingya, fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar in recent weeks, the work of OU Social Work faculty Chie Noyori-Corbett and David Moxley (Forum Fellows for the “Outcasts & Outlands” theme of 2016-2017) has never been more relevant. This film explains their project on Rohingya women refugees from Myanmar who are residing in the Vickery Meadow resettlement community in Dallas, Texas: https://youtu.be/OryWkVOCiZU. Chie and David’s important project has helped bring about a member-responsive resettlement support system in which the refugees and their families create art projects, articulate their values for mentoring and support in the US, and explain what’s needed for a new community center. Chie, who was awarded the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work’s Faculty of the Year award for 2017, is also a recent recipient of a Department of State “Diplomacy Lab” grant for her work on this project. And we wish David well as he commences his directorship of the School of Social Work at the University of Alaska Anchorage!

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  • fresh stART

    The fresh stART program is designed to provide homeless individuals with a supportive environment for creating art. Fresh stART offers participants an outlet for creative expression, positive interaction with a peer group, skills transferable to employment and a greater sense of dignity. Located at the Homeless Alliance WestTown Day Shelter in Oklahoma City, the fresh stART studio is equipped with art supplies and offered free of charge to all participants.   Read More...

  • 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...

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