News

March 27, 2020

We are proud to announce that Berkeley Social Welfare faculty have received two prestigious and highly competitive grants from the William T. Grant Foundation, which focuses on improving the use of research to reduce inequality and promote the wellbeing of young people. The Foundation is known for its support of community-engaged scholarship, as this year’s awards at UC Berkeley illustrate.

March 26, 2020

Erin KerrisonWe are proud to announce that assistant professor Erin Kerrison is one of three faculty members selected campuswide for the 2020 Graduate Assembly Faculty  Mentor Awards.

March 25, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle

The coronavirus crisis shows the need for remote mental health options, writes postdoctoral researcher Caroline Figueroa.

March 21, 2020

We lost one of our own this week. Here is Dean Burton's message regarding the death of recent alum Sylvia Bracamonte.

March 20, 2020

California Magazine

So much of social work focuses on people's strengths and the tools that their experience has given them. Current students Sammie Gilmore and Steven Czifra put this ethic into practice through their work with the Underground Scholars program. 

March 18, 2020

KRON

Ruth White (PhD '02) appeared on KRON today to give pragmatic advice on managing stress and maintaining your emotional health during COVID-19. 

March 11, 2020

Chronicle of Social Change

 Kimberley Johnson (BASW '98 ) was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate today as director of the California Department of Social Services. We are proud to have a graduate of our program leading California's Child Welfare system!

UC Berkeley Government and Community Relations

Dean Linda Burton spent a day in Sacramento to share the school’s priorities in meetings with lawmakers. Joined by School of Social Welfare Assistant Deans Veronica Alexander and Beverly Thorpe, Burton shared the need to recruit young men of color to the social welfare workforce, and discussed potential partnership opportunities with the California Legislative Black Caucus, Select Committee on the Status of Boys & Men of Color, and the Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence.

March 10, 2020

UC Berkeley and Alameda County have announced a series of steps to help mitigate the predicted spread of COVID-19 in our community. Below is a summary of the way these steps are being implemented within the School of Social Welfare. For up-to-date information on academic resources and public health guidelines, please refer to UC Berkeley's information hub

March 6, 2020

Jose Lopez is a Latinx Center of Excellence scholar and a graduate student of Berkeley Social Welfare. In the second year of his MSW education, Jose reflects on the reasons he chose Berkeley, and what he enjoys most about concentrating in Strengthening Organizations and Communities.

March 4, 2020

James Irvine Foundation

Congratulations to Margaret Libby (MSW '01), recipient of a James Irvine Foundation Leadership award for her work with MyPath, a nonprofit that provides youth from low-income communities with resources for financial stability and economic inclusion. 

March 3, 2020

Philadelphia Inquirer

In her op-ed about an upcoming Supreme Court case over discrimination against LGBTQ+ foster parents, professor Jill Duerr Berrick reminds us that "separate and unequal" has a long history in the foster care system.

March 2, 2020

Berkeley 150W logoIn honor of Women’s History Month, Social Welfare Month, and the 150th anniversary of women being admitted to UC Berkeley, we are celebrating some of our “founding mothers” and leaders in the history of the School.

February 26, 2020

Students come to Berkeley Social Welfare with extraordinary talents and wide range of experiences. To highlight the strengths of our community and the wonderful individuals within it, we are launching a series of profiles called Faces of Haviland Hall. Keep an eye out for more profiles in the coming weeks! Raquel Perez Escobosa is a second-year MSW student, with a concentration in Strengthening Children, Youth, and Family. She is also a LCOE scholar.

February 19, 2020

Linda BurtonWe are proud to announce that Dean Linda Burton has been appointed by Mayor Jesse Arreguín to the City of Berkeley's Commission on the Status of Women effective February 18, 2020.

February 14, 2020

Berkeley News
Are algorithms better than humans at predicting whether someone will commit new crimes? A new study by Professor Jen Skeem and Stanford researchers advances our understanding of how algorithms and people assess recidivism risk under real-world conditions.

February 11, 2020

Luna CalderonLast week, the Latinx Center of Excellence offered a two-day Solution-Focused Brief Therapy training in Spanish, led by Training Consultant for the LCOE and Lecturer Luna Calderón.

January 24, 2020

Oakland News Now

Peter Radu (MSW/MPP '16), who previously served as Homeless Services Coordinator for the City of Berkeley, has been named Homeless Policy Director for the City of Oakland. Radu will serve as Mayor Libby Schaaf's chief policy advisor to address the city's homeless crisis. He will also serve as Mayor Schaaf's representative in key local, regional, and statewide efforts, including Governor Newsom's Council of Regional Homeless Advisors.

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.