The Howard University School of Social Work has hosted a variety events to enrich it's students, faculty, and alumni, as well the Howard University and DC community. We have an unwavering commitment to empowering others to be thought leaders & change makers.
We are extremely proud of the recent research and accomplishments by our faculty and former students.
In 2014, School of Social Work alumna and professor Dr. Ruby Gourdine, was selected as one of the 30 Most Influential Social Workers Alive Today by the Social Work Degree Guide. Selection was based on merit, scholastic study, and political activism.
"Recognized as one of the social work pioneers by the National Association of Social Workers, Ruby Gourdine is a professor at Howard University with research focus on child welfare, youth exposure to violence, women’s issues, and social work history. She is the Chair of Direct Sequence Practice in the School of Social Work at Howard and offers expertise in the area of inequalities of service based on race in the workplace. Her advocacy combined with her work experience has given her the role of monitoring social work services for a variety of private agency programs and the DC public school system."
Our very own, Dr. Edwards, will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Joan Greenstone Lecture at Loyala University in Chicago on April 27th, 2017. She will be speaking on traumatic effects of race and poverty issues. Click here to register. More details on her work & research below.
The Intrapsychic Psychological Binds of Poverty and Race: The Intersection of Mind and Milieu
The experiences of race and living in poverty are riddled with innumerable stressors and challenges, and thus are subject to the experience of a range of mental health issues. Those that live the experience of trauma related to race and poverty suffer disproportionately from a host of hardships that contribute to psychological distress that can have a profound effect on mental health and serve as intrapsychic binds. These internalized weights require therapeutic supports to alleviate the internalized oppressive circumstances by those that are immersed in the experience daily. This presentation explores the intersection of these psychological binds and their effect on human behavior. Further it provides context for clinical interventions that empower and provoke resilience in the individual as they manage the grand challenges of the constraints of their environment and fiscal constraints in a world of plenty.
On April 11th, our very own Dr. Abu-Bader presented alongside Dr. Tamara Kharroub and Dr. Imad Harb, both from the Arab Center Washington DC, for which he is a Board Member. He presented the results of the 2016 Arab Opinion Index, which surveyed 18310 participants from 12 Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The presentation was at the National Press Club, Washington, DC between 9:30-11:00 AM. The presentation was attended by many of the media organizations. Click here for more information and to also view media coverage by US News, US Today, and many others.
Dr. Abu-Bader will also present his research entitled “Prevalence of Depression among Older Arabs & Muslims in USA & Middle East” at the conference on Muslim Mental Health to be held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI on April 13-15, 2017.
In January, faculty Dr. Husain and Ph.D. graduate Dr. Zidan presented at the Society for Social Work and Research's 2017 conference in New Orleans. Abstract Details: "American Muslims and Predictors of Health Status: A National Study."
More info here.
HUSSW Ph.D. alumna, Dr. Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle, took students from her social policy course and communities and orgs classes to Albany to lobby in support of Raise the Age and the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative with NASW on 3/28. After they were done, they snuck off to visit her former study abroad student from Stony Brook who is now the youngest elected Assemblywoman. Below is what happened next...
An oral presentation by Dr. Kolivoski was accepted for Howard University's Research Week.
Details: Kolivoski, K. M., & Klipp-Lockhart, T. Assessing the Financial Impact of Misdemeanor Court Fines and Fees in a Midwestern State. Oral presentation abstract submission to Howard University Research Week, April 2017.
Additionally, MSW student, Tim Klipp-Lockhart's poster was accepted for Research Week as well. Details: Klipp-Lockhart, T., & Kolivoski, K. M.. Disparities at Intervention Points in the Juvenile Justice System. Poster abstract submission to Howard University Research Week, April 2017.
We're excited to announce that our founding Dean, Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay, was one of four previous students and faculty from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago that was honored on March 30th for her enduring commitment to advancing the field of social work and social justice to foster more inclusive, equitable, and diverse communities.
Our current dean, Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe, not only attended to show support for our founding dean, but also spoke on a distinguished social work panel. To the right she is pictured with Ms. Jan Stepto-Millett, niece of Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay.
Proud of our students, Chanel Banks and Brittney Young who were selected as White House Initiative on HBCUs All-stars and represented the Howard University School of Social Work at the White House "Champions of Change" event in September 2016!