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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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  • Faculty Update - Chloe Noyori-Corbett

    Dr. Noyori-Corbett attended the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Institute Summer School in Beijing, China, 1-13 August 2016, with the support of the OU Ed Cline Award for which she was selected by a faculty senate.  She gained knowledge about the techniques of measuring multidimensional poverty, based upon the well-known Alkire Foster method.   Read More...

  • USDA Awards OK Farmer's Market Coalition Multi-Year Grant

    In 2014, Professors Karen Gray and Ric Munoz began working with a coalition of farmers’ markets, activists, and the Community Service Council to expand “Double Up Oklahoma” (DUO). DUO doubles SNAP (food stamps) participants’ purchasing power for more locally grown, healthy fruits and vegetables by matching SNAP purchases at farmers’ markets (dollar for dollar up to $20 per visit). This is a win-win for small farms and SNAP recipients by bringing local produce to low-income tables.   Read More...

  • Drs. Noyori-Corbett & Moxley Named Humanities Fellows

    Drs. Noyori-Corbett and Moxley were selected as Humanities Fellows for the center's 2016-2017 theme "Outcasts and Outlands” and were awarded a grant to benefit their project called “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Myanmar Women’s Use of Art and Narrative to Portray Their Hopes for Successful Resettlement in a Southern American City.” This was the latest of several grants earmarked for the Myanmar Women Refugees project. Dr.   Read More...

  • Brynn Dickinson - Infant Crisis Services Practicum Experience

      Brynn Dickinson, 2016 BSW graduate, shares with us about her practicum experience and future plans.  As my time at the University of Oklahoma and the Zarrow School of Social Work comes to an end, I am very thankful to have had a superb practicum experience at Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City. Infant Crisis Services is a non-profit food and clothing pantry (also providing many other items) that serves the Oklahoma metro area infant and toddlers, along with many clients fro...  Read More...

  • Rachel Maxwell - Rethinking Family Homelessness

      Undergraduate student Rachel Maxwell shares about her practicum experience at Positive Tomorrows and the creation of her website, Rethinking Family Homelessness, developed through an independent study. She starts the MSW program with us this summer. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of having my practicum at Positive Tomorrows, a private school devoted to addressing the issue of homelessness.   Read More...

  • American Indian Foundation Field Unit

      Thirty-eight tribal nations in Oklahoma have a government level relationship with the United States. This sovereign status has vast policy implications for social workers that must coordinate services across local, state, and tribal jurisdictions for the largest ethnic group in the state. The Council of Social Work Education has awarded Drs.   Read More...

  • The Power of Mentoring

      I must say I was very happy to participate in the Social Work mentoring program as a mentee. This is not only my first year in a graduate program but I am also new to Tulsa. Before I met my mentor I was completely ignorant of the major players on campus and in Tulsa.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma Policy Institute Summer Institute Scholarships

    The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work will provide up to three scholarships to the Oklahoma Policy Institute (OPI) Summer Institute program. This includes one undergraduate student, one graduate student from Tulsa and one graduate student from Norman. Scholarship application deadline: May 23, 2016 The OPI Summer Policy Institute gathers both undergraduate and graduate students from Oklahoma colleges and universities in a multiday event that offers: • Seminars, panels, workshops, p...  Read More...

  • La Tasha Lucas, Tulsa Schweitzer Fellow

      MSW student La Tasha Lucas was selected as one of the inaugural Tulsa Schweitzer Fellows. These students will be working on projects that address the causes of health disparities. Below La Tasha shares about her project and motivation.   Read More...

  • Mitzi Pope: Addressing Elder Abuse

    In March 2015, I was invited to New Orleans by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to participate in a tribal listening session with representatives from tribal governments and service providers and those that work closely with tribes, tribal domestic violence coalitions and federal responders. NCALL is the lead technical assistance provider to communities receiving federal grants to address elder abuse. NCALL questioned whethe...  Read More...

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