with Laura Nissen, Dean and Professor, School of Social Work at Portland State University

February Connect 2015

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February is here.   While it rains in Oregon, we’re busy learning and working on changing the world!  Here are a few things we’ve found and been up to this month.


Here is Laura and Rep. Joe Gallegos (MSW, ’73) celebrating in Salem!

On February 4 and 5th Dean Nissen traveled to Salem and Eugene MSW Distance Programs to bring birthday cakes and do some extended 50th anniversary birthday celebrating with distance students, faculty and community partners.

Items of General Interest in Social Work and Human Services

Social Justice and Diversity in Education and Practice

Social Media and Technology

Higher Education

Lots of Good News

Congrats to our SSW leaders who are making a difference!

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jones, B., Phillips, F., Head, B.A., Hedlund, S., Kalisiak, A., Zebrack, B. Kilburn, L. and Otis-Green, S. (2014). Enhancing Collaborative Leadership in Palliative Social Work in Oncology.Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 10(4): 309-321. DOI:10.1080/15524256.2014.975319.

Carlson, J., Edleson, J.L. & Kimball, E. (2014). First-time fathers’ experiences of and desires for formal support: A multiple lens perspective. Fathering, 12(3), 242-261

Presentations at academic and professional conferences

Miles, R. (2015). Middle School Students’ Experience of Fair-Inclusive School Climates Influences Beliefs about Peer Treatment. Presented at Society for Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference: The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity, New Orleans, LA.

Presentations in community and practice settings

Miller, K.M. (2014). Racial Disproportionality and Disparity: The Impact of Multi-System Involvement on Children of Color. A presentation at the Juvenile Justice Department Directors Association Annual Conference, Sandy, Oregon.

Curry-Stevens, A. (2014). Theory of change for the Learning Initiative. Staff training for United Way of Columbia-Willamette, July 10.

Curry-Stevens, A. (2014). Evaluation findings from the Leadership Development Initiative among six communities of color. Latino Leadership Partnership Program, Oregon Community Foundation, July 9.

Curry-Stevens, A. (2014). Using research to influence policy, practice and wellbeing: The case of the “Unsettling Profile” series. City making and remaking: The Portland case study, New Leadership Network Learning Journey, James Irvine Foundation, June 19.

Proposals submitted (grants, contracts, fellowships, etc.)

Ann Curry-Stevens.  To Sociological Initiatives, for $20,000 for the project “Ending brain waste: Research and action to recognize the foreign credentials of immigrants in Oregon” [role – Principal Investigator]

Ann Curry-Stevens To National Institute of Justice, for $802,350 for the project, “Building practice-based evidence: Evaluating a family justice center” with primary focus on client outcomes, racial equity and client empowerment [role – Principal Investigator].

Other Media Coverage

Alumni Successes!

 Marjorie McGee 2Marjorie McGee (Ph.D. ’13) recently joined the Board of Directors at the Northwest Health Foundation.
2911108Elle Weatheroy (MSW ’02) – recent consultant to the School of Social Work’s strategic planning retreat this past fall, has been named the Portland Police Department’s first Equity and Diversity Manager.

Author: sswdeanconnect

Laura Nissen is Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work at Portland State University.

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