April 15, 2020

Ability Magazine

Born with cystic fibrosis, MSW student Jacob Fraker has firsthand experience with the challenges of coordinating care for a complex condition while also navigating school and work. Now an intern in Assemblymember Susan Eggman's office, Fraker has drafted AB2283 to create a rare disease council and ombudsperson to better support rare disease patients in California. 

April 12, 2020


Interviewed by NBC on the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration's ban on transgender troops, PhD student Ryan Karnoski talks about his lawsuit and why the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for behavioral health services officers in the military.

April 10, 2020

Berkeley News

Tina Sacks's research focuses on racial disparities in health, so Berkeley News asked her about the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans. Economic inequality, the legacies of residential segregation, unequal access to health insurance and medical care, concentration in areas of the labor market where work cannot be done remotely, and overrepresentation in carceral settings are all factors, Sacks explains.

April 2, 2020

The Hastings Center

As hospitals and public health authorities devise and share triage protocols allocating scarce critical-care resources, people with disabilities are expressing alarm that these protocols devalue them and exacerbate long-entrenched ableism in health care.

March 27, 2020


Professor and dean emeritus Jeff Edleson was one of several nationwide experts interviewed by CNN on the increased risks that the COVID-19 crisis for people in domestic violence situations.  

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


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

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.

Russell Sage Foundation

Assistant Tina Sacks and her co-researcher Darrell Hudson of Washington University in St. Louis received one of 18 Pipeline Grants awarded nationwide by the Russell Sage Foundation in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The RSF-Gates Pipeline Grants initiative is designed to support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences and to promote diversity broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity.

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!

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.

Wall Street Journal

Algorithms performed substantially better than humans when used in conditions that approximate real-world criminal justice proceedings.

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.