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Social Work Town Hall Commemorates Milestones

Presenters and moderators on stage at the Social Work Town Hall.

On November 7, 2023 the School of Social Work held a Town Hall event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of our BSW Program and the 20th Anniversary of our MSW Program!

Held at Talley Student Union, the Town Hall included a proactive discussion regarding mental health awareness and on-campus resources. The event included special guests Drs. Monica Osburn and Jenn Archer from the NC State Counseling Center, MSW candidates Janelle Pagan and Chloe Bertrand, and was moderated by Dr. Terrance Ruth and Professor Nashia Whittenburg.

“The School of Social Work Mental Health Town Hall provided direct practice through informed mental health support services many students didn’t know they had access to. Through the Town Hall, the School was able to demystify perceived challenges to accessing mental health support on campus as the post event survey results revealed that 100% of respondents agreed that the Town Hall was helpful in identifying multiple on-campus mental health support communities,” said Professor Whittenburg. “The Committee on Inclusive Excellence, Engagement, and Belonging (CIEEB), and the MSW Program Faculty provided additional supportĀ  to students in need during the Town Hall by use of the multiple decompression spaces made available through our partnership with the Campus Community Centers. The School of Social Work Town Hall on Mental Health was a proactive and informative way of bringing our community closer and ensuring that the School is providing current informed information and services to our students.”

Emma Callicutt, a BSW Student that attended the Town Hall stated, “I was genuinely impressed by the meaningful gathering of School of Social Work faculty and students dedicated to raising awareness for mental health. The atmosphere created a reassuring and inclusive space, revealing strategies and on-campus resources available to students that I was not fully aware of before. This experience deepened my appreciation for being a part of a community that is not only supportive but purpose-driven. Gratitude fills me as I reflect on the intentional efforts behind the event and the caring faculty and staff that genuinely prioritize each of us.”

The Social Work Town Hall was organized by the MSW Program and the Committee on Inclusive Excellence, Engagement, and Belonging.