January 15, 2020

Two Berkeley Social Welfare faculty members and one recent graduate will be honored at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conference in Washington D.C. this week.

Assistant Professor Tina Sacks's book, Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford University Press), has received an honorable mention for the 2020 Outstanding Social Work Book Award. Conferred by the Society for Social Work and Research, the award recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions that advance social work knowledge.

January 2, 2020

Congratulations to the Berkeley Social Welfare faculty, students, and researchers presenting at the annual SSWR conference in Washington, DC. Names of presenting authors are in bold.

December 19, 2019

Emmeline ChuangWe are delighted to welcome the newest member of our faculty, Associate Professor and Mack Distinguished Professor Emmeline Chuang.

November 28, 2019

Professor Jill Duerr Berrick's newest book, The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection (Oxford University Press), has received an honorable mention for the 2019 Outstanding Social Work Book Award. Conferred by the Society for Social Work and Research, the award recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions that advance social work knowledge.

November 12, 2019

Susan StoneProfessor Susan Stone, the Catherine Mary and Eileen Clare Hutto Chair for Social Services in Public Education, has been selected for induction into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

November 11, 2019

Matthew Smith with his son Alexander and partner MariaStudent 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?

November 7, 2019

Washington Post

Mu Sochua (MSW '81), one of the most prominent women in Cambodian national politics, returns to Cambodia despite probable imprisonment as the Vice President of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party.

November 5, 2019

Berkeley News

Ratu Orisi Lalabalavu, a senior with a double major in social welfare and anthropology, is one of hundreds of UC Berkeley students living in limbo as the future of DACA is decided in the courts.

November 4, 2019

Sunday, November 3, 2019 marked the induction ceremony for the California Social Work Hall of Distinction, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to social work and social welfare in California.

It is a testament to the reach of our program that each of this year's Hall of Distinction inductees had a connection to Berkeley Social Welfare, either as a graduate or as a faculty member:

October 21, 2019

gift planing award plaqueVeronica Alexander, Director of External Relations at Berkeley Social Welfare, was honored this week with a campus-wide award from Berkeley's Office of Gift Planning for initiating the most joint proposals for gifts to Berkeley Social Welfare as part of an estate plan. 

October 7, 2019

The Globe Post

“Ending violence from the mentally ill would still leave 96 percent of violent incidents.” Professor Jennifer Skeem and other researchers explain that policies focused on the general population — like red flag laws and universal background checks  — will be more effective than policies that focus on individuals with mental illness. 

October 3, 2019

Berkeley News

During the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the English colonies, Berkeley News is highlighting members of the campus community whose personal stories, often marked by racism and discrimination, inform their life’s work. Assistant professor Tina Sacks is the first person profiled. 

September 17, 2019

Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy

Professor Jennifer Skeem was invited to participate in a congressional briefing to bring the most up-to-date research on countering mass shootings to the U.S. Capitol. The briefing was organized by George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, with the support of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and all papers from this project will be published in Criminology & Public Policy in February, 2020.

September 5, 2019


Professor Jennifer Skeem's in-press study of the impact of risk assessment information on judges' sentencing of relatively rich vs. poor defendants was featured in WIRED magazine. 

August 29, 2019

Linda Burton begins her term as dean of Berkeley Social Welfare on September 1. She brings a wealth of experience to the role, having served as the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, and previously dean of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. She also brings a multi-decade reputation as a preeminent scholar on child welfare and poverty. We sat down to talk with her about her prior roles, her scholarship, and her plans for the School of Social Welfare at Berkeley.

July 31, 2019

Berkeley Social Welfare's Outreach Coordinator Ari Neulight, the first social worker hired by UC Berkeley to work directly in People's Park, connects people with services and resources ranging from housing to cell phone chargers to interview clothes.

July 17, 2019

Ari Neulight receiving proclamation from City Council Member Rigel RobinsonJuly 16, 2019 was declared Ari Neulight Day in the City of Berkeley in honor of Neulight's efforts to meet the needs of unhoused residents.

July 10, 2019

A study out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences revealed the perceived discrimination experienced by women who decline certain medical procedures during pregnancy and childbirth, such as cesarean sections, epidurals, and episiotomies. Reports of poor treatment rose significantly for women of color who advocated for their own choices regarding these procedures.

Dr. Sacks, who researches women of color and especially Black middle class women's experiences in the health care industry, was contacted by Reuters Health for commentary.

“Women have hopes, dreams and desires for the life-changing time of childbirth. Being able to have agency during that time is important, especially for racial and ethnic minorities who have experienced a lack of autonomy or power to make their own decisions.”

July 8, 2019

With the passing of Phyllis Koshland Friedman on July 2, 2019, Berkeley Social Welfare lost one of its most steadfast supporters.

Phyllis earned her BA in Social Welfare in 1944 — one of the first to graduate from our program — and came back in mid-life to earn her MSW here in 1971. She worked primarily with Russian émigrés and single teen mothers.

June 24, 2019

Linda M. BurtonProfessor Linda M. Burton has been named the next dean of Berkeley Social Welfare. Currently the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology, and previously dean of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University, Burton will bring extensive leadership experience and her reputation as a preeminent scholar on child welfare and poverty to the role.