What a year. When we published our 2020 magazine last May we were all still adapting to the pandemic: getting the hang of Zoom, adjusting to wearing masks, and wondering whether Fall classes would be online or in person. The racial and economic injustices of the pandemic also were becoming more...Read more about A message from the Dean
Our warmest congratulations to this year's honorees.James Midgley Leadership Award
Cinthia HernandezSocial Welfare Dean's Award for Academic Achievement
Diana Mucino and Thooraya Mused...Read more about Haviland Scholars and Achievement Awards
"The pandemic lays bare what we already knew," Associate Professor Tina Sacks said in a radio interview about the impact of racial inequity during the pandemic and the vaccine rollout.
In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Dean Linda Burton asked the...Read more about A Change is Gonna Come: Race and Social Justice at Berkeley Social Welfare
Berkeley Social Welfare's Social Welfare, Sports, and Society Initiative — the first of its kind in a school of social welfare — will integrate social work knowledge and practice both with the sports industry and with community advocacy, policy, and research. The ultimate goal is to improve the...Read more about Sports as a tool for social change
For young families, especially those of color, early childhood learning problems can be especially stressful as they try to juggle school, work and family. Leticia Monroy has this Perspective.
I received many calls from my son's preschool asking me to pick him up early. His challenging...Read more about MSW student Leticia Monroy on KQED: "There Is No Perfect Child"
Politicizing Care: Katie Savin (PhD '21) examines equity, disability, and economic justice from a community-based lens
As a medical social worker, Katie Savin was struck by the differences in patient experience between her work in the Stanford Medical Center ICU and in palliative care at San Francisco General. "The two hospitals were only one CalTrain stop apart, but it could have been two different countries....Read more about Politicizing Care: Katie Savin (PhD '21) examines equity, disability, and economic justice from a community-based lens
When the pandemic closed schools in March 2020, Brian McGhee found himself bagging breakfasts and lunches for students at West Oakland Middle School and providing other support at McClymonds High School. As a social worker, he knew that "once we feed families, then we can talk about educating...Read more about Planting seeds: Brian McGhee (BASW '91) on school social work and West Oakland community power
We are proud and delighted to announce that Anu Manchikanti Gómez has been selected to receive the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Research in the Public Interest. This award honors research by faculty that addresses critical needs and issues affecting local, state, national, or global...Read more about Anu Manchikanti Gómez receives Chancellor's Award for Research in the Public Interest
Bob Teague, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services, is retiring this spring after 11 years at Berkeley Social Welfare and 22 years in the UC system. We asked him a few questions about his career and his time in Haviland Hall. This interview has been edited for length and clarity....Read more about Career Transitions: Bob Teague, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Services
David Pan is a first-year student in the AWELL (Advancing Health and Well-being across the Adult Lifespan) concentration; his current field placement is with the Community Health Resource Center and with Sutter Health: Pacific Primary Care.Before coming to Berkeley Social Welfare...Read more about Faces of Haviland Hall: David Pan (MSW '22)
Affiliated faculty member Stephen Hinshaw and five other UC Berkeley scholars have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), a 241-year-old organization honoring the country’s most...Read more about Stephen Hinshaw elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
MSW student Jaime Flores talks about his work with youth in juvenile detention centers:
"While the world is going through a difficult time, youth deserve immediate and equal support. We fall behind when young people are not supported. Adopting strategies and building opportunities that...Read more about MSW student Jaime Flores: "Keeping Youth Out of Jail"
Adrian Aguilera spoke on KQED Forum about mental health apps, including the need to design with and for underserved populations to avoid exacerbating existing inequities.Read more about Adrian Aguilera on KQED Forum: Can Therapy Apps Live up to the Hype?
Mental health. Housing costs. Healthcare access. Employment stability. The impacts of wildfire can be far-reaching. In a recent article published in PLOS ONE,...Read more about Alum Annie Rosenthal (MSW '19): Wildfire’s devastation can linger long after the smoke has cleared
As part of a series for Women's History Month, Arnold Ventures recognized Anu Manchikanti Gómez as one of the "women who are making history today by working to impact policy change in various areas where Arnold Ventures works."Read more about Anu Manchikanti Gómez is Working to Ensure Equity in Women's Health
April 12: Race and Responsibility: A Conversation on Black-Jewish Relations and the Fight for Equal Justice
How are the historical experiences of the Black and Jewish communities at once distinct and interconnected? Should we see efforts to combat racism and antisemitism as separate struggles? What are African Americans’ and Jews’ responsibilities to one another in America’s current racial reckoning?...Read more about April 12: Race and Responsibility: A Conversation on Black-Jewish Relations and the Fight for Equal Justice
Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and professor of bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health — and Social Welfare affiliated faculty — reminds us that headlines about vaccine hesitancy shouldn't distract from issues of access. “We have to think...Read more about Berkeley Conversations: Osagie Obasogie and other experts discuss vaccine equity
"Mistrust is a huge factor because of Tuskegee, but I think what Tuskegee really teaches us is that access to care remains a major issue. The barriers to care are numerous and very entrenched, and they are directly related to historical patterns and also contemporary instances of structural...Read more about Tina Sacks in Berkeley News: How legacies of racism hinder vaccination among communities of color
Sarah Pierluissi (MSW '22) shares pandemic experiences: "Berkeleyans share their year of change, distance, loss and service"
"One thing I've learned is that you really have to come at obstacles from every angle and not give up. You have to pull from everything that you can to try and meet your clients. I will definitely take that kind of relentless outreach skill and bring it to my next internship and to my social...Read more about Sarah Pierluissi (MSW '22) shares pandemic experiences: "Berkeleyans share their year of change, distance, loss and service"