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Monthly Archives: August 2020

#WhyWeVote Videos Tell Why Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff VOTE

Hear why Alumna Jessica Camacho (BSSW ’19), BSSW student Demondre Peak, Dr. Keith Warren and Lisa Durham, Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, VOTE.

In a special #SCPodcast conversation, Drs. Njeri Kagotho, Sharvari Karandikar (she/her/hers) and Arati Maleku join Advocacy Director Steve David to offer a look at their first voting experience as new citizens, the election’s impact on our collective future, and more.

College’s Alumni Magazine Addresses COVID-19, Racism Head-On

Just about everything has changed with COVID-19—even the way you get your CSW alumni magazine, The Stillman!

Click here for a PDF.

Click here to visit the web page.

Issue highlights include:
• A curriculum reformed
• Social work dean chairs university task force
• NASW leads a profession
• Stepping up and out during chaos
• How are parents coping during COVID-19?

CSW Students, Alums March on Washington

CSW PhD student Raven Lynch and alums DaVonti Haynes (‘18) and Danielle Smith (BSSW ’08, MSW/MPA ’10) joined tens of thousands of protesters attending the March on Washington held August 27 and 28. Their advocacy helped lead the way for change and a future that offers real equity.

(Photo: Danielle Smith and sister Breann Smith,upper left; Raven Lynch and friend Beth Roseman,bottom left; DaVonti Haynes, right)

Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny Appears on NPR, Publishes Op-Ed Piece

Congratulations to Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny who recently made two splashes in the media. Dabelko-Schoeny was featured on WOSU/NPR’s All Sides with Ann Fisher radio show discussing issues related to aging, ageism and how that is reflected in policymaking. Her team-written, op-ed piece was also published in the Star Tribune, identifying Adult Day Service as essential and in crisis.

Missed the show? Click here.
Interested in reading the column? Click here.
Learn more about Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny here.

WBNS 10TV Features Students, Alums, Staff Serving on Front Lines During COVID19

MSW students Janel Engberg and Jeffrey Glitt recently represented the college when they spoke to WBNS 10TV about the critical roles social workers are playing during COVID19. Special thanks to Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County’s Katie White and Marisa Sheldon and alumna Christine Happel (CRC) for making cameo appearances to discuss their role in assisting the elderly as well.

Alumnus Preston V. McMurry Funds New Scholarship for Social Work Students Specializing in Domestic Violence

Chris and Preston McMurryThe Ohio State University College of Social Work is pleased to announce the establishment of the Donna Theresa and Preston V. McMurry Jr. Scholarship Fund, effective February 2020. The scholarship supports social work students who make a commitment to support survivors of domestic violence. The first scholarship was awarded this spring to MSW student Lucy Hennon for the 2020–21 academic year.

“I plan to use my coursework and training to further educate myself on direct support for victims and survivors through inclusive, trauma-informed and survivor-led approaches,” says Hennon. “I feel immensely privileged and fortunate to be selected as a scholarship recipient and want to express my gratitude and excitement to Preston McMurry, Jr. and the College of Social Work.”

McMurry (BSSW ’60) established the Donna Theresa and Preston McMurry, Jr. Scholarship Fund to create an immediate impact on furthering the pool of social workers who commit to working in the field of domestic violence by supporting their education.

Endowing this scholarship is McMurry’s latest investment in responding to domestic violence and is the product of his decades long commitment to survivors of violence.

In 1992, McMurry established Theresa’s Fund, a private family foundation that has raised over $49,000,000 to combat child abuse and family violence in Arizona. In August 2014, Preston and his son, Chris, launched, an innovative and comprehensive online platform focused on persons threatened by family violence and those who are supporting them. As the first searchable online database of resources for persons experiencing domestic violence, has had a profound impact. The website now averages 3,000,000 visits annually and has a wealth of resources and support. The College of Social Work is highly supportive of and will continue to partner with the McMurrys to further engage its faculty and students, and to help advance the impact of the important program.

“My father started his work on domestic violence by creating Theresa’s Fund around 1990, almost three decades ago, when domestic violence wasn’t yet a public conversation,” says Chris. “He’s always sought innovative ideas that mix raising awareness with his soft spot for young people and successful futures.”

Domestic violence is often a silent problem. Victims are fearful of retribution and experience shame and embarrassment due to their situation, all of which makes it difficult to seek help. During the current COVID-19 crisis, reports of domestic violence to public safety officials has sky-rocketed as has the number of visits to domestic violence websites and calls to hotlines. Stay-at-home orders, economic losses and other factors lead to increased stress and sometimes additional violence. As the world continues to enter circumstances it has never before experienced, new spikes in domestic violence may likely continue.

Preston McMurry, of Phoenix, is also founder of the McMurry Scholar Athlete Citizenship Award, which started in 2008 to honor student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA and who performed significant community service. He made his first substantial philanthropic commitment to the college in 2008.

In 1984, he created one of the largest privately owned marketing firms in the nation, McMurry, Inc.—the only company in the U.S. to be selected by the San Francisco-based Great Place to Work Institute, as one of the ten best places to work, eight years in a row.

In reflecting upon this gift and McMurry’s career, Dean Tom Gregoire observed, “I have great affection and gratitude for Preston McMurry, and I consider him a friend and a mentor. Preston’s entire career has been informed by a deep commitment to values we hold dear as social workers, and to action on behalf of others.”

CSW Student Tom Wike Named Tillman Military Scholar

Congratulations U.S. Marine Corps veteran and BSSW student Tom Wike who has been named a 2020 Tillman Military Scholar. Wike is a senior with plans to earn his MSW. He is one of 60 scholars selected from thousands of applicants by the Pat Tillman Foundation for the prestigious award.
In recognition of their service and leadership potential, the new class of Tillman Scholars will receive scholarship funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of healthcare, business, law, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.

Read more about Wike here.

Click here for the news release.

CSW Students Vincent, Lynch, Worthy Lead Forum to Discuss Racism

On June 15, 2020, the College of Social Work hosted a student forum to discuss the outpouring of global support for the end of racial violence, systemic racism, and the dismantling of oppressive systems. The purpose of the forum was to hear from our students, learn what they need from us, and as a social work community, collectively decide our action steps.

Nearly 100 people consisting of students, faculty and staff participated in the forum where a robust discussion of social work’s role in dismantling racism was took place.

A co-facilitated student and faculty panel tackled tough questions and challenged the audience to join in conversation that pushed comfort levels and that led to impassioned ideas. The forum was framed by four main questions:

1. How are you personally experiencing this moment (i.e., the murder of and violence against African Americans and Black people; and the global reaction to these occurrences)?

2. What is the action that should occur to dismantle racialized violence, systemic racism, and oppressive systems?

3. What do you need or what would you like to see as it relates to the College of Social Work’s role in dismantling

4. What makes them hopeful about the moment and the future?

CSW student leaders Crystal Vincent (master’s student), Raven Lynch (doctoral student), and Sly Worthy Jr. (undergraduate student) were joined by faculty facilitator Dr. Michelle Kaiser, and Advocacy Director Steve David, to lead the audience in a spirited brainstorming session that produced action themes related to infusing anti-racism content throughout the social work curriculum, greater community engagement and advocacy, and a host of other strategies that rest in broad-based coalition building.

Resoundingly, the student forum participants expressed that racism can be conquered and that we are experiencing a global awakening in which diverse partnerships and like-minded individuals, committed to this important work will usher in lasting change.

Jennie Babcock Honored with Ohio State’s 2020 Distinguished Staff Award

Jennie Babcock

Congratulations to our own Jennie Babcock for receiving The Ohio State University’s 2020 Distinguished Staff Award. This award annually honors 12 individuals for their outstanding achievements, service, leadership and dedication to the university and is the highest honor bestowed upon staff since its inception in 1984.

In 2004, Jennie joined the college as a field education coordinator and in 2009, she was promoted to her current position as undergraduate program director where she became the first staff member to assume that role. Under Jennie’s leadership, undergraduate enrollment has tripled, the program has transformed into one of the fastest growing at the university, and it is recognized as one of the largest in the nation.

During her career, Jennie has worked diligently to expand the undergraduate program to the four regional campuses, worked hand-in-hand with the college’s educational technology experts to monitor and revise courses, and developed an honors program identified by the associate provost and director of Honors and Scholars as a model for what the university is trying to achieve. Additionally, Jennie has helped redesign the general education curriculum, lead a university team to develop an interdisciplinary minor on substance misuse in the college, recently launched an interdisciplinary minor on child abuse and neglect, served on a statewide committee to address accreditation requirements for transfer credit across Ohio institutions, and the college’s annual scholarship committee.

And yet with all of these significant accomplishments, it’s the students Jennie impacts most. CSW students would probably be surprised to learn of all of Jennie’s administrative responsibilities because they think of her as always available and as a go-to person when they need assistance. Across the five campuses, the college has over 700 undergraduate students enrolled. And while it’s likely not true, it seems from the college’s vantage point that Jennie might not just know all of them, but be clearly aware of their goals, needs and aspirations. Jennie has mastered the skillful balance of both caring for and supporting them, while also holding them accountable. It is hard to imagine anyone more dedicated to students and their educational success.

As these impressive examples illustrate, Jennie’s accomplishments reflect consistent demonstration of many of the university values including collaboration, excellence,
accountability, innovation, empathy and compassion and leadership. It’s easy to imagine that an award acknowledging the most distinguished members of the university staff would be even more complete and representative with Jennie Babcock as a recipient. Please feel free to offer Jennie your personal congratulations via email or in person when we are all together again.

2019–20 Scholarship Recipients & Donors

College Holds First-Ever Virtual Graduation Celebration Amidst COVID19

More than 5,100 people tuned into the College of Social Work’s first virtual celebration of its 2020 graduates on Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m. The Evening of Recognition was live-streamed and interactive, including live tweets to and from students, families, friends, college staff and faculty as well a message from Dean Tom Gregoire.

From Germany to Egypt, and as far away as Pakistan to India, people from all over the world including the United States watched and participated by sending 2020 CSW graduates off in grand style. A record number of more than 600 people remarked and sent well wishes via Twitter, along with another 1,000 reactions, including likes, hearts, cares and more.

Solving the distance problem is nothing new for the college. For years, it has allowed loved ones from across the country or ocean join the on-campus graduation celebration via live stream and Twitter. This year, it applied learned lessons and adhered to social distancing guidelines to host this special event for its graduates and their families.

Background: The college is known for its live-streamed graduation ceremony allowing faraway guests from all over the United States and world to watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage. Previously, onlookers, both via a live feed and in person, tweeted shout outs and well wishes to graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus.

The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

To view this year’s virtual Evening of Recognition, click here.

Joe Ingram III & Jaylynne Likely: Two CSW 2020 Alumni to Watch

Congratulations to CSW alumni Joe Ingram III & Jaylynne Likely—both were named “graduate students to watch” by OSU’s Office of Student Life and graduated this spring.
Originally from Youngstown, Joe Ingram III has a great passion and desire to serve others, evident through his many mentorship roles and internship with LiFESports. Joe has inspired many through his leadership as co-chair for OSU Reads of the African American Heritage Festival, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Kappa Chapter), and co-founder of Men With Purpose, a student organization to mentor first-generation, underrepresented male students in their transition phase from high school to college. Joe has also worked with the Young Scholarship Program, Department of Social Change to develop curriculum that addresses the needs of Linden and Near Eastside youth, and the Young Scholars Program of which he is also a recipient. Post-graduation, Joe plans to continue working with student-athletes and underrepresented populations.
Jaylynne Likely was a student in the college’s ASAP program focusing on mental health and substance abuse. Upon being accepted, Jaylynne received the Early Offer Inclusive Excellence Fellowship award which acknowledged her well-deserved scholarly achievements. As a change agent, she is a proven leader selected to attend an OSU signature event, “Buckeye Dinner of 12,” which paired six alumni with six students to create lasting relationships as well as the college’s Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Jaylynne completed her field practicum at the Department of Veteran Affairs on the acute care and hospice unit where she was offered a stipend to support her professionals goals. She plans to work in the community for two years then complete her doctorate in social work in advanced clinical practice, administration and leadership.
Read more about Joe and Jaylynne here.

2020 Evening of Recognition

2020 Evening of Recognition

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Watch #CSWEoR LIVE on our Facebook page!

Dean Tom Gregoire cordially invites you to a virtual celebration of our 2020 College of Social Work’s Graduates.

We want to make this celebration as interactive as possible, so feel free to:

  • Create and design a celebratory graduation cap
  • Get dressed up, or dress in a theme
  • Invite all of your family and friends to join us
  • Tweet your thoughts, well wishes and photos using #CSWEoR (If you’re not on Twitter, sign up!)

Decorated graduation hat

Send us your graduation creations!

Please send us a photo of your decorated caps, hats, outfits, posters or other inspiring creations, so we can feature them on our live broadcast! The evening is yours, so feel free to get creative and shine away!

Just email your picture to with the subject #CSWEoR by May 4th and be sure to include your name and program!

PhD Student Oliver Beer, First Author of Mindfulness Research

Congratulations to PhD student Oliver W. J. Beer who recently served as first author on a research article relating to mindfulness training and stress.
The article is titled “The Feasibility of Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress among Social Workers: A Conceptual Paper” and appears in The British Journal of Social Work.
Doctoral student Rebecca Phillips, staff member Lois Stepney and assistant professor Camille R. Quinn are also authors on the published article.
To read the article, click here.

Age-Friendly announces Friendly Phone Line for Isolated Older Adults

To assist isolated older adults, the College of Social Work’s Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County initiative is partnering with Columbus City Council, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center and other local organizations to establish the new Friendly Phone Line.

The Friendly Phone Line at 614/993-3614 is created for older adults in greater Columbus who are looking for informal conversation and social connection. It is staffed by social work students, staff and faculty volunteers.

The partnership also launched a program that packs and delivers 200 necessity bags each week to older adults across Franklin County. Bags contain three-to-five days’ worth of shelf stable food, dependent upon availability through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, as well as other necessities like soap, shampoo and toilet paper. Educational materials, such as Files of Life (a list of contact information used in emergencies), community resources, notes of encouragement and Census 2020 information, are included in the bags as well.

Click here to learn about resources for older adults.

Student Life Resources

Food Security

  • The Buckeye Food Alliance will remain open to support students in need.
  • Starting Monday, March 23 the pantry will be open Monday/Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Tuesday/Wednesday 4 – 8 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. If these times do not work for someone, they can schedule a special appointment by contacting Nick Fowler at
  • Units are welcome to coordinate food drives. We encourage units to donate the goods to the Buckeye Food Alliance because of their structure for distribution. Please contact Nick Fowler at to coordinate and schedule a time in advance to drop donated goods to the Lincoln Tower location.
  • If you are interested in giving monetary donations, you can visit the Give To website.

Emergency/Hardship Funding

  • The Student Advocacy Center offers an Emergency Grant program and has other support funds they can use to help students in need. Units can refer students in need to the Student Advocacy Center at or 614/292-1111.
  • If a unit would like to raise funds for this effort, the Student Advocacy Center team is in the process of creating a Buckeye Funder account. More information to come.

General Support for Students

  • We know that students may be stretched for time and resources while helping their families. It is helpful for course instructors to keep this in mind and be flexible as everyone becomes more familiar with the virtual learning process.
  • The Office of the Chief Information Officer has created a series of support tools for instructors, staff and students. Counseling and Consultation Service also has suggestions available.
  • For a list of resources, visit the We Are Here For You page on the Student Life website.
  • For FAQs, visit the Student Life website.


  • For information about the move-out process or the housing exception process, visit
  • It is important to note that the housing exception process takes a variety of considerations into account including inability to travel to a home address, housing insecurity, unsafe environments, financial instability and more.


  • In response to Governor DeWine’s announcement about the closure of restaurants, Student Life’s Dining Services has transitioned fully to pick-up and delivery options. The closure of many buildings on campus has also reduced available sites where food can be available. For current offerings, visit the Dining Services website.
  • We are working on a longer-term plan to support the students who will remain with us on campus after this extended Spring Break week.

Office Hours and Service Delivery

  • You can find information about the outbreak on the university’s medical website.
  • For specific information for faculty, staff and students, including building closures, visit the university’s faculty, staff and students website.
  • Ohio State has been very clear that we need to keep as many people off-campus as possible. Student Life operations have moved to virtual support. All offices are available via phone and email as usual and will determine in-person needs on a case-by-case basis. The following are the exceptions:
  • Limited dining operations
  • Housing support
  • BuckID will have a by-appointment only operation available soon, for more information visit the BuckID website.


  • Student Life is using tools that are available in the Office365 suite.
  • The Office of the Chief Information Officer has created a series of support tools for instructors, staff and students.


  • For information about how CCS will support students during this time, visit the CCS website.
  • Students do not pay a counseling fee.
  • CCS has created a video series to help students in processing anxiety created by COVID-19. For more information about this and other support, visit the CCS website.

Student Health Services

  • While we still have students living on campus, Student Health Services will remain open.
  • SHS will follow the guidelines and practices that other healthcare providers are implementing, including the cancellation of all elective/non-urgent appointments. For more information, visit the SHS website.

Legal Services and Off-Campus Issues

  • Students who did not waive the Student Legal Services fee and need legal assistance can contact Student Legal Services. To learn more, visit their website.
  • Students who have issues with a landlord can contact Student Legal Services or Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services.

Off Campus and Commuter Student Services

  • Support from Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services can be accessed by contacting 614/292-0100 or To learn more, visit their website.


  • For information about Disability Services support as the university continues in a virtual platform, visit the SLDS website.

Commencement and Events

  • On March 17, the university announced that commencement would be postponed.
  • In Student Life, we are expecting to not have any events through at least May 9, which is within the eight-week timeline announced.
  • Student Life is encouraging units to review ideas for continued virtual programming.


  • On March 16, CampusParc made an announcement about their response and changes to parking on campus.


  • On March 15, that the university announced it will be providing an appropriate prorated refund of housing and dining to students who are departing from the residence halls by Sunday, March 22.

Tips for parents working from home!

10 tips for working from home with children present

  1. Create a schedule & routine
  2. Use online learning & free subscriptions
  3. Take advantage of free streaming programs
  4. Plan digital playdates & FaceTime parties
  5. Allow screen time—it’s fine
  6. Communicate, communicate, communicate
  7. Take breaks
  8. Alternate shifts with if possible
  9. Set boundaries for your children
  10. Practice self-care

Children using laptops

Helpful resources for parents

Children making art

Fun activities for children

Virtual Field Education
Supervision Schedule

Students may attend up to two sessions a week. BSSW & MSW program office weekly check-in meetings will also count for supervision. No RSVP necessary, just log on to join!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Noon SSW: General Discussion and Support
School Social Work Students

5 p.m. Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

5 p.m. General
All ranks

Thursday, November 12, 2020

1 p.m. Policy and Advocacy
All ranks

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Noon Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Thursday, November 19, 2020

4 p.m. SSW: Trauma-Informed Care in Schools
School Social Work Students

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

5 p.m. Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Noon Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

5 p.m. Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Noon Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

5 p.m. Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Noon Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

5 p.m. Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Noon Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

5 p.m. Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Coronavirus Information

This webpage will serve as a resource for the College of Social Work as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this page for important updates and links to resources.

We encourage everyone to follow the CDC guidelines and to reference the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes, Wexner Medical Center, the City of Columbus and the Ohio Department of Health websites for the most up-to-date guidelines for the Ohio State community.

Question and Answer Sessions

Times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)

BSSW Students

Wednesdays from 11–11:30 a.m.
Zoom link

MSW Students

Virtual advising hours Mondays 6–7 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m.–Noon
Zoom link

Ph.D. Students

Please contact Mo Yee Lee for updates.

Autumn 2020 Updates

The last day of classes will be Friday, December 4. All instruction in the last week of the semester, November 30 to December 4, as well as final exams from December 7 to 11, will be accomplished through online methods. The autumn commencement date and format will be announced at a later date.

Additional updates about Autumn Semester planning can be found on the University’s website at:

Pass/No Pass Grading Option for Autumn 2020

Due to the unique challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Social Work is implementing an Autumn Semester 2020 Pass-No Pass policy for undergraduate social work students.

What is the deadline to request Pass-No Pass (PA/NP) grading?

Students have until 5 p.m. on November 20 to select an option of a PA/NP grade for any of their semester-long or second session classes. We encourage you to delay your decision to select the PA/NP grading option until a time close to the November 20 deadline when you will have more comprehensive knowledge about your standing in each class.

Requests for first session classes are due October 2.

What letter grade equates to a Pass (PA) grade?

A Pass (PA) grade in a GE or Free Elective is given for all students who earn a minimum grade of D or higher in the class.

A (PA) grade in a social work major class, a social work minor class, and/or a social work elective class, is given for students who earn a minimum grade of C or higher in the class.

How do I select this option?

If a social work student wants to select a PA/NP grading option, the student needs to consult with their academic advisor via email. During this consultation, the student and advisor will discuss the implications of the PA/NP grading option versus the letter grade (A–E) option.

The University’s online form for semester-long and session two classes will go live in the coming days. As stated above, we encourage you to delay your decision to select the PA/NP grading option until a time close to the November 20 deadline.
Please contact your advisor by October 1 if you would like to request the PA/NP grading option for first session classes.

What are the general considerations of the Pass/No Pass (PA/NP) grading option?

Once a PA/NP grade has been selected, the selection cannot be changed.

A PA/NP grade has no bearing on your GPA.

Courses taken PA/NP during autumn 2020 semester would count toward the limit of 20 PA/NP credit hours (exclusive of credit hours earned under the PA/NP option in spring 2020) that each student may take during their undergraduate career.

Application to Graduate Schools: During the autumn 2020 semester, some undergraduate institutions implemented Pass-No Pass policies. These actions were taken in order to accommodate students who have experienced significant disruptions in their personal and academic lives as a result of COVID-19; and the ongoing crises and life stressors associated with pervasive racial unrest. One of the requirements to be eligible for Ohio State’s Advanced Standing MSW Program (ASAP) is that applicants must have a “B” or better in all social work required courses. However, for the current admission cycle, should an applicant meeting the 3.0 GPA requirement have received a “PA” designation for a required social work course during the Autumn 2020 semester, they are still eligible to apply and their applications will receive full consideration. The admission committee will consider all material presented in the application package to make a final determination on admission to the program.

Please note that the Pass/No Pass policy has not been universally adopted by other institutions this autumn semester and thus the interpretation and impact of Pass grades in the evaluation of graduate school applications will vary from institution to institution.

Field Education

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Katie Klakos at Requests made by 7–10 days prior to the supervision session will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Help Desk Information

The Keep Teaching help desk is open from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday through 614-688-HELP or

Staff from the University Institute for Teaching and Learning are also available to provide support and consultation, particularly on identifying and implementing appropriate assessment tools for courses taught at distance.

Career Services

The Career Services Office is available for online appointments, including resume and cover letter reviews, job search, negotiating salary, career planning and more. To schedule an online appointment click here.

Active SWT Extension:

The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board in response to the global pandemic and expected delays in tests and licenses, is extending the expiration date for active SWTs. The extension is to give SWTs time to complete the licensure process during the period of anticipated postponements. This update would extend the expiration date to 12/1/2020 for active SWTs. Within the next couple of weeks the board will automatically update the expiration date and it is recommended that SWTs check their registration toward the end of April to make sure that their date has been updated on the elicense system at In regards to employment, it is the decision of the employer if they want to hire the candidate who holds the SWT. Employers can find more information on the scope of practice and the supervision requirements for active SWTs at Lastly, this extension only applies to current SWTs and any new registrations must follow the normal application process which includes proof of enrollment that shows a field practicum for summer 2020.

For more information, please visit

Licensure Exam Update

PearsonVue will be open for exam scheduling starting on May 1st. We will work closely with our partners ASWB and NBCC to ensure applicants have what they need (e.g. extended letters of eligibility) to complete the exam process. More information about the testing center re-opening can be found at

Faculty and Staff


MWANAFUNZI Invites Fresh Perspectives, Conversations During Black History Month

Every Wednesday during Black History Month, MWANAFUNZI hosted Diversity Workgroup lunch sessions that offered fresh perspectives and invaluable conversations. They focused on the following topics such as Imposter Syndrome, the History of Violence & Trauma in Communities of Color, Racial Battle Fatigue: an Intersectional Lens, and Hair, So What?: Hair and Self-esteem in College Women. These informal conversations were selected by students and open to all. The college’s students, faculty and staff attended in record numbers!

MWANAFUNZI, Swahili for “student,” strives to promote unity and cohesiveness among minority students and the professional community. MWANAFUNZI provides a forum for African American students in social work, and related fields, to exchange ideas and promote activities, services and programs to strengthen the African American community.

Yoon’s New Research Links Childhood Physical Abuse, Neglect to Teen Smoking

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Yoon who recently published research linking childhood physical abuse and neglect to heavy cigarette use among teens. Read more here!

Press Release by Ohio State Research Communications

The Lantern

For more information about Yoon, click here.

Headstream Fellowship Awarded to BSSW Student Allie Businger

“Congratulations to BSSW student Allie Businger who has been selected to receive a fellowship with Headstream Innovation powered by SecondMuse. Headstream supports tech innovations that support teen well-being, particularly teen girls, teens of color and LGBTQ+ teens.

Allie will be working throughout the semester on creating a user guide, complimented by an Instagram page, to support the wellness of all teens. She is also working with the CSW’s Dr. Scottye Cash on her honors research, which focuses on deeply understanding the mental-health and well-being needs of homeless youth. Businger is one of three students selected by Headstream.”

Click here to learn more about Headstream.

For more information about Dr. Scottye Cash, click here.

Visit Headstream’s website to read Dr. Cash’s interview.




Jarrott Collaborates with Partners to Release Publication, Toolkit

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Jarrott on two recent accomplishments impacting intergenerational research and programs.

Generations United has released a new publication that includes partners Jarrott, the Champion Intergenerational Center and The Eisner Foundation. It is entitled “Piecing It Together: What We Know About the Funding Puzzle for Spaces that Connect Young and Old.”

Jarrott has also partnered with Generations United and The Eisner Foundation to release a new Intergenerational Evaluation Toolkit. A compilation of 15 years of collaborative research, the toolkit offers resources to help program providers and researchers impact intergenerational programing and practices. To view the toolkit, click here.

Also supporting intergenerational research, Jarrott is collaborating with faculty at Oregon State University to develop a measure of intergenerational contact. The study is supported by a grant from The Retirement Research Foundation.

For more information about Dr. Jarrott, click here.

For more information on the Champion Intergenerational Center, click here.

Alumna Maggie Griffin Celebrates 4,500 Pounds of Veggie Love

PhD Student Michelle Hand Student Lands GADE Award for Outstanding Teaching

Congratulations to doctoral student Michelle Hand who is the recipient of the 2019 GADE Outstanding Student Teaching Award! Hand was recognized at this year’s CSWE in Denver. GADE is the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work. Way to represent, Michelle!

For more information about Hand, click here.

For more information about GADE, click here.

LiFEsports Featured in U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Report

Congrats to LiFEsports! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is highlighting LiFEsports in its National Youth Sports Strategy report. The initiative is featured on pages 32-33.

To read the report, click here.

For more information about LiFEsports, click here.

CSW PhD Student Appointed to OSU Sexual Abuse Task Force

The college would like to recognize PhD student Brieanne Beaujolais who has been appointed to serve on OSU’s Office of the President’s Task Force on Sexual Abuse, charged with reviewing recent sexual abuse cases and identifying educational tools and best practices for fostering a culture of awareness and compliance in higher education.

To read more about Beaujolais, click here.

To read more about the investigation and task force, click here.

Ready, Set, Go: 2019 Orientation Kicks Off with Info, Food & Fun!

Nearly 300 students gathered at Stillman Hall for orientation this year on Monday, August 19, kicking off the 2019-20 academic school year. Some were new to Columbus. Others were new to Ohio State. And many were new to the College of Social Work.
The orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information, meet, make connections and get off to a strong start to the school year.
Best of luck to our CSW students as they start their journey into the field of social work!

CSWE Honors College, Age-Friendly with Community Partnership Award

Congratulations to the College of Social Work and its initiative, Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, for receiving the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Community Partnership Action Award.

This award is bestowed by CSWE’s Diversity and Social and Economic Justice commission and will be presented at this fall’s CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting in Denver, CO.


Bunger Awarded First NIH R Award, Project to examine Ohio START Implementation

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Bunger whose R34 “Collaborating to Implement Cross-System Interventions in Child Welfare and Substance Use” was recently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This is Bunger’s first NIH R award.
This three-year project, with a total funding of over $700,000, will examine implementation of Ohio START in the initial 17 counties. The study focuses on cross-system collaboration strategies, and the conditions under which they are most effective for implementing the START model, an intervention that integrates substance use treatment and child welfare systems to facilitate parents’ access to treatment and recovery. The team will develop and pilot a collaboration decision-support guide for executive leaders.
The project is being carried out in partnership with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO). The interdisciplinary team includes Drs. Emmeline Chuang (UCLA Fielding School of Public Health), Amanda Girth (OSU Glenn College) and Kathryn Lancaster (OSU College of Public Health).

For more information about Bunger, click here.