Professor Kurt Organista awarded the Harry and Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services
We are proud to announce that Professor Kurt Organista has been awarded the Harry and Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services in the School of Social Welfare. This Chair was established to advance the research and scholarship of a distinguished faculty member engaged in the field...Read more about Professor Kurt Organista awarded the Harry and Riva Specht Chair in Publicly Supported Social Services
"From Pelican Bay to UC Berkeley": podcast with alums Steven Czifra (MSW '21) and Daniela Medina (BASW '19, MSW '21)
June 29: Erin Kerrison moderates discussion about the Restorative Reentry Pilot Program, Guaranteed Income, and Reparations
Guaranteed income is a hot topic right now, but it can also be a controversial one. What does a successful GI program look like? What are best practices for providing cash asistance to reentry populations? How do we talk about GI and reparations? What can historical context add to this...Read more about June 29: Erin Kerrison moderates discussion about the Restorative Reentry Pilot Program, Guaranteed Income, and Reparations
Authored by the Justice Lab at the University of Wisconsin in partnership with Dean Linda Burton, the report "exemplifies the power of the arts to remind us of our shared humanity.”Read more about California Arts Council Issues New Arts in Corrections Report
"I am a Dream Beyond Bars fellow at Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice. As formerly incarcerated youth and leaders in our community, we are committed to ensuring that the state closes DJJ the right way. To me, this means that youth never belong in cages, period... Young people are...Read more about OP-ed by Katarina Sayally (MSW '19): "It’s On All of Us: Close Youth Prisons, Build Youth Leaders"
Op-ed by Nicole Balbuena (MSW '22): "Let’s Put Food on the Table – A Call to Reform the CalFresh System"
"With half of Latinx households facing food insecurity, and misunderstandings about food stamp eligibility rampant, what can we do?" MSW student...Read more about Op-ed by Nicole Balbuena (MSW '22): "Let’s Put Food on the Table – A Call to Reform the CalFresh System"
"In honor of Ambassador (ret.) Ruth A. Davis’s 40-year distinguished career and commitment to diplomatic excellence, the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is renaming its Director’s Conference Room as the Davis Conference Room [to honor] her legacy as a groundbreaking...Read more about Foreign Service Institute honors Ambassador Ruth Davis (MSW '68)
San Francisco Democrats elect Honey Mahogany (MSW '09) as first Black and first transgender local party chair
San Francisco Democrats elected city native Honey Mahogany as the first transgender and first Black chair of the local party. The first trans person in the U.S. to chair a local Democratic Party, Mahogany is now one of the party's highest-ranking transgender officials in the state and country....Read more about San Francisco Democrats elect Honey Mahogany (MSW '09) as first Black and first transgender local party chair
In 1995, Veronica Piper-Jefferson walked across the stage of her MSW graduation with her infant son Savelle in her arms. Twenty-five years later, Savelle paid tribute to his mom as he received his JD from Berkeley Law.Read more about Berkeley Law graduate pays tribute to his mother in touching social media post
Daniela Medina (MSW '21) meets with US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on importance of Pell Grants for incarcerated individuals
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable to showcase the importance of providing Pell Grants for incarcerated individuals by speaking with students and former students who took college courses in prison...
Daniela Medina said that having the opportunity to pursue an...Read more about Daniela Medina (MSW '21) meets with US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on importance of Pell Grants for incarcerated individuals
Daniela Medina still cherishes a 2019 graduation video that captures her walking across UC Berkeley’s Haviland Hall stage, receiving a bachelor’s degree in social welfare. The 26-second clip has taken on new meaning for Medina because of the person behind the camera: Sylvia Bracamonte —...Read more about Passing the torch: Daniela Medina (MSW '21) continues legacy of her slain mentor
Kurt Organista in the New York Times: Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds
"The report shows that many Latinos have a high motivation to get vaccinated," said Kurt Organista, a professor of social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. "They live in multigenerational households and cramped quarters. They want to protect their families."Read more about Kurt Organista in the New York Times: Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds
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