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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)

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Autumn Semester 2020

The University has announced a return to campus this Autumn Semester, with new health and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19. To account for these new safety protocols, the University, and our college, will be providing a mix of online, in-person, and hybrid classes. We know that you are eager to learn the details of how each of your classes will be taught, and we will update this information as it becomes available. Your advisor will connect with you by July 24 to help you finalize autumn course selection and to answer any remaining questions that you have.

The University has adjusted the academic calendar as part of the return plan. The first day of classes will be Tuesday, August 25, and the last day will be Friday, December 4. The last day of any in-person, on-campus instruction will take place Wednesday, November 25. 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.

Under this new schedule, the October 15–16 Autumn Break and November 25 vacation days have been eliminated, and classes will be in session on those dates. The Veterans Day (November 11) and Labor Day (September 7) holidays will still be in place.

The College of Social Work is dedicated to providing you with the best possible learning experience as we navigate these unprecedented times, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus in August.

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

BSSW Students

Weekly Zoom sessions will resume on July 8 from 11–11:30 a.m. and continue each Wednesday through the duration of Autumn Semester. Click here for Zoom link.

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.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your College of Social Work Program Office. We are always happy to answer questions and provide you with any needed support.

· PhD Program: Contact Dr. Mo Yee Lee at or Jennifer Nakayama at

Advising Services
Advising services are available by reaching out to your academic advisor via normal communication methods. Email addresses are listed below.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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, September 2, 2020

2 p.m. Professionalism
All ranks

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

Thursday, September 3, 2020

1 p.m. Policy and Advocacy
All ranks

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

5 p.m. General
All ranks

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

1 p.m. SSW: NASW SSW Standards
School Social Work Students

Monday, September 14, 2020

4 p.m. General

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

4 p.m. Interprofessional Education and Practice
All ranks

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Noon Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

2 p.m. OSU Student Leadership
All ranks

Thursday, September 17, 2020

1 p.m. Policy and Advocacy
All ranks

Thursday, September 24, 2020

4 p.m. SSW: General Discussion and Support
School Social Work Students

Monday, September 28, 2020

4 p.m. General

Thursday, October 1, 2020

1 p.m. Policy and Advocacy
All ranks

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

1 p.m. SSW: Interdisciplinary Professional Roles and Ethics
School Social Work Students

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

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

5 p.m. General
All ranks

Thursday, October 15, 2020

1 p.m. Policy and Advocacy
All ranks

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Noon Self-Care, Resiliency, Wellness
All ranks

Thursday, October 22, 2020

4 p.m. SSW: Social Emotional Learning Standards
School Social Work Students

Thursday, October 29, 2020

1 p.m. Policy and Advocacy
All ranks

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

10 a.m. 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

Latest News

Messages from Dean Gregoire

Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 13, 2020
Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 10, 2020
Dean Gregoire’s communique sent March 6, 2020

Live Question and Answer Sessions

Students, please attend our online Q & A sessions with any questions about classes and/or field. Times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Return to Campus

The University has announced a return to campus this Autumn Semester, with new health and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19. Read more here.

Autumn 2020 Instructors

Please join us for these upcoming question and answer sessions to assist in your preparation for teaching next semester. We want to be supportive to you, as you all seek to be supportive to our students in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis on racism.

RSVP Links

Field Education

The OSU CSW Leadership team has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and assessing how to continue supporting our students in field work. Please review these resources and communicate with your field liaison for additional support in field education this summer.

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.


Please monitor your Ohio State email and wait for communications for College leadership with further information. Begin to ensure that your Carmen course is up to date. To prepare you may want to review the Zoom Getting Started Guide or Join a Test Meeting to test your system.


Wellness Resources

For assistance with stress, anxiety or other mental health concerns, the university has a variety of resources for students, faculty and staff. These include:

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

Continuing Education

Please contact us at with any questions or concerns. We are still open for business! We appreciate your understanding, patience, and support through this time.

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

Updates from The Ohio State University

Tips, tools and strategies

COVID-19 Resources, Services, and Support

Be Well: Technology-based Resources to Help With Your Well-Being

A Message From the Chief Wellness Officer: How to cope with anxiety about coronavirus 

Keep Learning: Temporary Remote Learning Resources

Stress Busters

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Check out this video!

Field Education Student Resource Center

Council of Graduate Students/Student Legal Services Advisory Committee Update:

“At this time, there is no blanket rental payment relief in place for the COVID-19 crisis. The local Municipal Court is delaying eviction hearings, but evictions are still being filed for non-payment. We are closely monitoring all government orders and initiatives, legislative efforts, and outside resources available to tenants in order to have the most up-to-date information for our student clients.
The Ohio Landlord-Tenant Act in the Ohio Revised code governs the general legal relationship between tenants and landlords. However, a tenant’s specific legal rights and responsibilities can only be determined after review of their situation and their lease agreement. Our advice for one student might be different from another student depending on a number of factors including their lease agreement, landlord, and employment status. So, again, it is important that students schedule an appointment to review their unique circumstances.
We encourage all students to schedule a phone appointment to speak with a Student Legal Services attorney online through our website While we are operating remotely, we are still fully staffed and have plenty of availability! 
Student Legal Services provides legal advice and representation for a number of legal issues outside of landlord-tenant law, including criminal misdemeanors and traffic offenses, debt and credit matters, employment, and more. For a list of areas covered, please visit”

The Crisis Kit: 5 Tools for Helping Clients Through Turbulent Times 

The City of Columbus COVID-19 guide

Student Life: We are here for you

Mental Health First Aid USA:

Free Class from Yale University
The Science of Well-being

Regional Campus Resources

Resource lists for each county with an Ohio State University campus

If you are looking for services for students with material support needs, here are lists of services.  We recognize that these lists will overlap service listings. For students living further away, a simple Googe search for “county name Ohio community services” will yield similar types of results.

Franklin County

Allen County

Richland County

Licking County

Marion County

Wayne County

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Click here to download a free Mindfulness and Wellness activity: Create Peace in Chaos

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health: A Comprehensive Resource Guide

Need academic coaching for online learning? The Dennis Learning Center is offering virtual academic coaching through Zoom! Click this link to set an appointment:

Ohio State Wellness App

Finding balance and wellness in your life can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Ohio State University is here to support you in addressing mental health concerns and proactively building behaviors that support your overall wellness.

The Ohio State: Wellness app (free) is designed to make it easy to choose the right resources and take action. Use this tool to set goals, develop healthy habits and help someone you care about access the support they need.

  • Explore all nine dimensions of wellness through blog-style articles and scholarship written with the college experience in mind.
  • Support your recovery and proactive wellness by connecting with the support resources available to you as an Ohio State student.
  • Track habits that support your wellness goals.
    The Crisis tab provides clear directions for accessing support. This feature is also currently available as I’m Experiencing an Emergency or Crisis in the Ohio State app About You tab.

You can access the Ohio State Wellness App at this link.

Counseling and Consultation Services:

While our university acts to keep our community safe in response to COVID-19, Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) is open and we are here to support the campus community. CCS acknowledges the impact on Ohio State students related to Coronavirus and recognizes that it is typical to experience anxiety, worry, or fear.
If you are in distress, please know we are here to help. Students may contact CCS at any time by calling 614-292-5766. If calling after hours, press 2 to be connected to a counselor. You can also visit our website at
For current clients:

If you are on campus, you can keep your scheduled appointment.

If you are not returning to the Columbus area, please contact your clinician to inform them.

If you are not feeling well, please call to reschedule your appointment at 614-292-5766. If you need to speak with a counselor urgently or need other resources, let us know during the call.

For additional resources, please see these links:
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Share Facts About COVID-19
Taking Care During COVID-19

FREE classes, available remotely through Zoom.

It’s our nonprofit’s way of providing some social support during these challenging times.
These FREE classes will be offered for several months – or until we are back to our regular ways of interacting.

  1. Mondays 1 -2: (starts March 30th)

Simple Stretching and Mindful Breathing for all Shapes, Sizes, and Abilities
You can do these stretches seated or standing, in any way that feels good to you today.
No yoga mats necessary – just a chair (option for sitting in or using for strengthening, balance poses), a pillow on which to sit, and perhaps a blanket.  Please join us and release some stress. for more FREE breaks (mp3 and mp4).

  1. Wednesdays 1-2: Warrior Yoga (starts April 1st)
Have fun with some energizing power yoga flows. Various options for poses always offered so you can create a practice that works for you today.  Stretch, strengthen, and release some stress.

If you have a yoga mat, please use it.  But ou don’t need a mat to do yoga – one of my favorite ways to do these poses is in my hiking boots in the snowy mountains.  So yoga on a carpet or floor should work well too!
Please email me at or text me (801-656-7885) with any questions!

  1. Thursday 1-2  April 2nd and April 9th FOR KIDS DOING HOMEWORK AT HOME 
A quick stretching and breathing break can help your child learn to manage stress, improve focus, and get some exercise! Plus, it’s a break for you too!
Practice some simple 5-minute yoga breaks to do while your kids are doing schoolwork at home.
Join us to practice the breaks and receive your FREE downloads of all the breaks and coloring sheets to go with them!
Please email me at or text me (801-656-7885) with any questions!

Namaste, Yael

Yael Calhoun, E-RYT, MA, MS
Executive Director, GreenTREE Yoga: a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit 801/656-7885
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Visit our website  for free yoga downloads.

We’re here for you – Headspace
Weathering the storm includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.

Praying through Worry and Fear: Guided Meditations for Peace and Strength 

NAACP Coronavirus Inquires:

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage for students who have to move.

Comcast is offering free internet essentials package for qualified customers.

Frontier Airlines:
Students Fly Free promo

Are you bored? Looking for things to do for the rest of Spring Break?
Check out this list of 100 things you can do!

Free Educational Resources for Kids

Home School Resources for Children and Free University Courses
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

Scholastic Learn at Home

Khan Academy (great technology)

The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (Home Schooling Resources)

Curriculum and Materials (Ontario)

Home School Support Groups:

Canadian Home Based Learning

Free University Classes:

Remote Field Opportunities

Ideas for work that can be done remotely for field hours from NASW

Licensure Exam Information
Important test delivery information pertaining to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Starting Tuesday, March 17, we are suspending test delivery at all U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers for 30 days until April 16. Learn more. Updated: March 16, 2020

How to report COVID-19 cases

    • What to do about possible coronavirus cases:

Individuals: Contact your primary care physician if you are personally experiencing signs or symptoms of respiratory illness consistent with coronavirus, have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus or have been diagnosed with the virus. If you are unable to reach your primary care physician, call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000.

Managers: If you receive a report, confirmed or unconfirmed, that a member of your team has been exposed to or has contracted coronavirus, connect with your HR Business Professional and call the Wexner Medical Center’s COVID-19 call center at (614) 293-4000 for guidance on what you should do.

Please remember: If you learn of a possible case, do NOT share this person’s health information with colleagues. This is a violation of their privacy, and this information is protected by HIPAA and other laws. Please trust health officials to investigate cases and trace potential contacts.

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.

“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.




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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Congratulations to CSW alumnus DaVonti Haynes (MSW ’18) and PhD student Raven Lynch who were recently featured in The Ohio State University’s The Lantern for their nonprofit and social movement work to help students from underrepresented communities share their stories as a way to motivate others to pursue success.

Click here to read about these incredible CSW visionaries!