Social Welfare at Berkeley
Year of Resilience
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May 16, 2020
I felt a powerful calling to Berkeley's School of Social Welfare the first time I entered Haviland Hall. Berkeley's historic commitment to social justice was in the air and punctuated the vibrancy of the School's mission, programs, faculty, students, staff, and alum. I knew almost instantly that becoming the Dean of the School of Social Welfare was the opportunity I had been waiting for. After decades of studying the impact of poverty and inequality on the lives of America's most marginalized families, including the policies that create and perpetuate disadvantage in their lives, finally, here I was with a golden opportunity to contribute to the training of "first responders" who address the needs of families like those I had come to know and care about in my research.
May 16, 2020
We didn’t start this year thinking that we would be operating the School of Social Welfare out of our living rooms. But with all of California sheltering in place this spring, the COVID-19 crisis has upended the school year. Despite the disruptions and the many uncertainties, the upheaval of this school year has built our resourcefulness and reminded us of our strengths.
May 15, 2020
Experiences of sexuality and reproductive health are both deeply personal and nearly universal; Associate Professor Anu Manchikanti Gómez’s work explores the intersection between individual decisions, medical systems, and social structures.
May 14, 2020
Since joining the School of Social Welfare last fall, Dean Linda Burton has been working diligently to engage with her new community and collaborate with elected public officials throughout California.
She's on Fire: Esmeralda Cortez Rosales (BASW ‘19) wants to empower young women to find their political voice
May 13, 2020
Esmeralda Cortez Rosales wants to make young women aware of their political power. “If women are half of the population, we should be extremely close to — if not 50% of — all elected officials across the country.” Her path to activism started through a school-based program, IGNITE, which she now helps lead.
May 10, 2020
Robert Ayasse is retiring at the end of the semester after nearly 20 years as field consultant and lecturer and 10 years as co-chair of the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) program for work as a school social worker in California K-12 public schools.
February 1, 2020
Student veteran Matthew Smith (BA '18; MSW '20) made the decision to become a social worker in the aftermath of a friend's suicide. If the Veterans' Administration had been able to give his friend the opioid painkillers he OD'd on, Smith wondered, why had they not successfully connected him to behavioral health resources? "I got so full of grief and anger," explains Smith, "I decided that day to get involved...
January 27, 2020
Associate Professor and Mack Distinguished Professor Emmeline Chuang.Dr. Chuang's research focuses on how health and human service organizations can improve service access and well-being of underserved populations, with a specific focus on: (1) how the nature and quality of inter-organizational relationships between health and human service organizations affects service access and client outcomes; (2) how managers and other organizational leaders can best support evidence uptake by frontline practitioners; and (3) how the design of work affects provider and staff satisfaction and quality of care.
January 20, 2020
Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives Beverly Thorpe brings over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, budget development, financial reporting, sponsored research administration, and project management. Previously, she has served as Associate Director for Administration at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and held leadership positions with the National Audubon Society, Amtrak, Duke University School of Medicine, and NYU School of Medicine.
October 15, 2019
Kimberly Mayer began her role as CalSWEC Center Director in October 2019. Learn about her professional background, her priorities as Director, and what brought her back to Haviland Hall.