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​​Social Work Alum Eager to Make a Difference in the Lives of Immigrants, Refugees

​Exceeding the ordinary is one of Naiyolis Palomo Garcia's life goals. So far, the Cuban political refugee from Santiago de Cuba is meeting it head on. Palomo Garcia, 23, entered the United States in 2005 without understanding or speaking English. Read More.

Mayor Turner Honored at UHD Social Work Awards Ceremony​​

​A full house greeted Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to honor him as the University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) Bachelor of Social Work Person of the Year on Jan. 25. Read More.​

Scholarship Helps Answer Students Calling​​​​

One of the highest honors awarded - the Red Rose Scholarship- at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) has been bestowed to Houston native social work student, Patricia Ortiz. Read More.​

Social Work Student Wins 'Women Professionals in Government' Scholarship

​UHD senior Christine Siner was awarded the 2015 Women Professionals in Government (WPG) organization's Beverly Kaufman Scholarship. Beverly Kaufman, after whom the award is named, served 35 years in public service in Harris County, including 17 years as the Harris County Clerk. ​Read More.

Angela Blanchard Honored as UHD Social Work Person of the Year​​

​In addition to three invitations to the White House, acting as CEO of the state's largest non-profit organization and delivering a speech at the TEDxHouston conference, Angela Blanchard can now add "University of Houston-Downtown Social Work Person of the Year" to her list of accolades. Read More.​

UHD Professor 'Meets Clients Where They Are'—Literally

In addition to teaching her undergraduate students the importance of advocating for those less fortunate, Dawn McCarty, PhD, LMSW, an associate professor of social work at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) has chosen to make her home with the city's poorest and most disadvantaged. Read More.

Sheriff Adrian Garcia Honored as UHD Social Work Person of the Year​

​Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia was recently honored as the UHD Social Work Person of the Year at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Commerce Street Building. Read More.​​​

Social Work Students Selected for Fellowship

Two deserving ​​UHD students were recently selected to receive the Betsy Schwartz Field Fellowship from Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Katelyn McClelland and Aleida Chavez, undergraduate social work students, were chosen for the 400 hour internship at MHA to gain a greater understanding of issues in mental health and community need. Read More.​

Student Heading to Ivy League a Testament to Social Work Program

The UHD Social Work Program was created several years ago to address the growing need of experienced, educated social workers in the Greater Houston area and across the country. Read More.

Dr. Dawn McCarty Embodies Mission of "National Mentoring Month"

The mission of "National Mentoring Month," celebrated in January, is embodied in one person - Dawn McCarty, an associate professor of social work at the University of Houston-Downtown . Read More.

Social Work Program Hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Day

The UHD Social Work Program is hosting Human Trafficking Awareness Day Nov. 8 on campus which will include a film screening, guest speakers and information session. Read More.

Social Work Program Co-Hosts Conference with UH

UHD's social work program co-hosted a lecture and training by Joyce James, Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner, Health and Human Services Commission Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, with the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work. Read More.

Social Work Students Selected for Field Fellowship

Mental Health America of Greater Houston is pleased to announce that Yvonne Mendoza and Lisa Richardson, undergraduate social work students at the University of Houston-Downtown, have been selected to receive the inaugural Betsy Schwartz Field Fellowship for the 2012-2013 term. Read More.

Social Work Pilot Project Recognized by National Organization

Several years ago, the Network of Behavioral Health Providers, with the help of UHD's Social Work Program, started The Pathways Project, a major initiative in workforce development that developed a curriculum on careers in behavioral health for high school health academies and formed partnerships with schools of nursing to increase the number of students choosing psychiatric nursing. Read More.

Delegation from Tajikistan Speaks on Human trafficking to Social Work Students

​The UHD Social Work program recently hosted a delegation of government workers from Tajikistan for a presentation on human trafficking. The trip was coordinated through the U.S. Attorney's Office unit on human trafficking. Because Texas is a central hub for this issue, the office regularly brings international experts to the region to share information. Read More. 

Judge Speaks at UHD about Mental Illness in Criminal Justice System

The judge will discuss the newly funded Felony Mental Health Court for Adults and will be honored by UHD's social work program for her commitment to justice for adults with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Read More.

2011 BSW Program Student Awards

Recipients of the 2011 BSW Program Student Awards: Outstanding Social Work Student: Janet Kasper, Academic Achievement in Social Work: Garreth Pfenning, Community Action Award: Damaris Cortez.

New Honor Society Members

Three UHD BSW students, LaToya Carter, Lindsay McCallum, and Katherine Little, were inducted in Tau Sigma National Honor Society in May 2011. The national honor society recognizes transfer students for their outstanding academic achievements.

Red Rose Scholarship​

BSW Student Barbara Pruitt was designated a Red Rose Scholar in 2011. Red Rose Scholars are awarded for their demonstrated academic and community leadership. Congratulations Barbara!

2010 BSW Program Student Awards

BSW student Barbara Pruitt (pictured here with her family) is awarded the Outstanding Social Work Student for 2010 for her academic and professional excellence.​

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