The New Year Brings A Lot To Do Along With It!

After a month hiatus I find myself back at the School of Social Work, a place that is as busy as ever. Staff are hard at work on the admissions process, while faculty are assisting students in planning for next year’s field placements and classes. Despite all the chaos, there are a variety of exciting meetings and events taking place within the building and around campus…

• This summer, UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work will lead their 8th summer school abroad course to South Africa entitled “Transformations Within the New South Africa.” UNC SSW Faculty, and program staff, Gina Chowa, Dan Hudgins, and Sharon Thomas will be hosting two information sessions this month detailing agency visits, cultural events and excursions, and various lectures while on the trip.

• The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Minority Student Caucus are hosting the 33rd annual Minority Health Conference, “Transitional Research: The Road from Efficacy to Equity.” The conference held in February examines a variety of topics, including :
o Overcoming Disparities in Healthy Food Access
o The Impact of Institutional Discrimination on Mental Health of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual populations
o Global Environmental Health
o Aging and Religion
o Communicating Inequities
o Discrimination in the Healthcare System

• The UNC Law School is hosting a conference on Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity in February. Academics, community activists, practitioners, and students will come together to discuss and analyze the role of class in the United States. The roots of class and its relation to oppression will be examined, as well as how to deconstruct the hierarchies and institutions that define the American landscape and the it’s inequalities.

• Health Without Borders: a series of public conversations on migration, health, and human rights.

• Women of Color and HIV 5th Annual Community Forum

And don’t forget both the Clinical Lecture and the Professional Development Series.


About Rayhaan Adams

Hey! My name is Rayhaan Adams. I'm a 2nd year MSW student in the full-time program. I'm originally from Cape Town, South Africa but have lived in Singapore, Germany, and now reside in Cary, only a few miles down the road. I attended UNC for undergrad, and can't see myself leaving anytime soon. My primary interests are at-risk youth and single parent families, as well as children and their families in the medical setting. If you don't see me around campus, I'm probably running, golfing, road-tripping, or hanging out with my family.
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