School of Social Work

Photos Help Researchers Learn About Migrant Life in China

Photos Help Researchers Learn About Migrant Life in China

January 17, 2012

The dark-haired woman loosely gripped the long-handled broom and stared directly into the digital camera. The simple image of someone at work might seem mundane. But to the pictured mother—a migrant worker in Shanghai, China—the snapshot illustrates her commitment and determination to help her family, especially her oldest son, who was recently diagnosed with cancer…. Read more »

Carolina for Kibera

Project Aims to Help Youth in Kenya

December 12, 2011

Six months ago, the UNC School of Social Work partnered with the nonprofit Carolina for Kibera (CFK) to help some of Kenya’s poorest youth lift themselves out of poverty. Following a weeklong visit to Kibera last month, Gina Chowa, who is leading the joint venture, said she expects the project to kick off its pilot program by August of next… Read more »

Fulbright Scholars

School of Social Work Welcomes Fulbright Visiting Researcher from Slovenia

November 2, 2011

Ana Marija Sobocan from Slovenia is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the UNC School of Social Work this academic year. Sobocan is a doctoral student, junior researcher and assistant lecturer at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Her research focuses on professional ethics and exploration of ethical decision making in social work practice. While at UNC, she is working closely with… Read more »

Skype Session with USAID worker Elizabeth Smithwick.

Students Skype with USAID Worker in Afghanistan

November 1, 2011

The video was a little grainy and the audio was a bit intermittent, but neither challenge seemed too distracting for the 35 MSW students who got the chance to Skype on Oct. 31 with Elizabeth Smithwick, who is stationed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Smithwick is the humanitarian agency’s former lead field… Read more »

Sunderland-Perez (left) with a client.

Alumna Improves Health of Mayan Women and Children

November 1, 2011

UNC alumna Veronica Sunderland-Perez ’08 manages the maternal and child health program for Pueblo a Pueblo, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit working in Guatemala to improve the health of Mayan women and children. A 2008 graduate of UNC’s dual degree program in social work and public health, Sunderland-Perez spends much of her time helping to provide reproductive… Read more »

Alleviating Poverty in Africa Will Require a Holistic Approach

July 15, 2011

Solutions to poverty are never simple, a fact Gina Chowa understood long before her June visit to Kibera, East Africa’s largest slum. The trip was part of a collaborative project between UNC School of Social Work and Carolina for Kibera (CFK), an international nonprofit affiliated with the UNC Center for Global Initiatives. Chowa, an assistant professor, and her partners… Read more »