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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.

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.

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!

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!

Tuesday, June 16

4 p.m. Safe Space for Students of Color

Wednesday, June 17

4 p.m. General All Levels

Thursday, June 18

1 p.m. Policy & Advocacy

Tuesday, June 23

6 p.m. COVID-19 and Field Education

Thursday, July 16

1 p.m. Policy & Advocacy
6 p.m. Social Work in Higher Education

Monday, July 20

Noon Addictions

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is continuing to operate remotely. If you have appointments, please communicate in advance to verify if your meeting will be held via phone or via Zoom. Information that addresses common questions related to students, faculty and continuing education is listed below. As a reminder, no one should be on campus.

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.

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.

Tom Gregoire

“People who are in touch with their gratitude are more likely to be happy. You don’t have to drink it or smoke it. You just have to think about what you care about, what you’re grateful for and what is right in the world for you.”

This quote is just a sampling from the college’s latest Social Change Podcast by Dean Tom Gregoire. Listen as he offers a thankful reflection on 2018 and the coming year.

Congratulations to Ashley Bennett (MSW 18) and PhD student Karla Shockley McCarthy (MSW 18) who have developed an Opioid Overdose Family Support Toolkit to help families recognize the signs of trauma in children and how to help them.

This toolkit was developed to address a gap from many practitioners about the lack of resources for families, especially children, who have witnessed or were aware of an overdose by a family member. In support of the toolkit, the students conducted a needs assessment, analyzed the results, and used that information to provide tools to help families who have experienced an opioid overdose.

Two brochures mark the end of this project: The Trauma of Witnessing an Opioid Overdose: How to Help Children, developed by Bennett and Shockley McCarthy, a Narcan Q & A, developed in conjunction with colleagues from the College of Pharmacy, as well as a website with helpful information and resources.

The College of Social Work’s Dr. Bridget Freisthler, professor and associate dean of research, supervised the project.

For more information, contact Frankie Jones-Harris at or 614-330-2206.

An impressive 360 College of Social Work graduates and 1,400 of their guests packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium on Friday, May 4, for the college’s annual Evening of Recognition, an event honoring social work graduates. Momentum soared during the ceremony as students were honored with yellow roses, awards and live tweet shouts and well wishes displayed on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the auditorium stage.

Two days later, the 534 social work graduates received their degrees during The Ohio State University’s Spring Commencement. A record breaking 11,907 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony. Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.

College’s Graduation Ceremony: A Unique Blend of Technology and Tradition

No one wants to miss a loved one’s graduation, but what if you’re on the other side of the country or across the ocean? The College of Social Work solves that problem for those faraway guests wishing to attend its annual pre-commencement ceremony known as the Evening of Recognition. With a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media, the college streams the event live so guests from all over the United States can watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage.

The event typically draws more than 125 online guests from more than 30 states–and as far away as Hawaii–as well as viewers from other countries such as Argentina and Canada. YouTube viewers have watched from as far away as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

The Evening of Recognition trends on Twitter, too. Onlookers, both via the live feed and in person, are invited to tweet shout outs and well wishes to the graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus.

The college, known for being technology-forward, added live streaming and tweeting during the ceremony several years ago. The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

To watch this traditional, cutting-edge way of celebrating College of Social Work graduates, click here.

Dr. Bridget Freisthler and Dr. Keith Warren have been named 2018 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Fellows. SSWR Fellows are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society—to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society.

The SSWR Fellowship has been established by the Society to honor and to recognize current SSWR members for their individual accomplishments, leadership and contribution to SSWR as a scientific society. SSWR Fellows serve as role models and mentors for those pursuing careers in social work research and will continue to actively advance the mission of the Society.

For more information about Freisthler, click here.
For more information about Warren, click here.
To learn more about the SSWR Fellowship Program, click here.

Williams’ Advocacy Efforts Go Viral 

Ellen Williams never expected to go viral when she tweeted “#ArmMeWith trauma-informed care trainings for teachers and principals to help work with children who are struggling with so much.” She simply wanted to express the need for resources in public schools.

Williams’ tweet gained more than 72,000 likes, was shared nearly 46,000 times and received more than 500 responses and direct messages–joining the thousands of teachers and educators supporting the ArmMeWith hashtag. Turning to social media allowed Williams to express her concerns and turn the focus from arming teachers with guns to what schools really need.

As a BSSW honors student, Williams is currently working with underprivileged children in Columbus in an after school program. For two years, she has also worked with underprivileged kids as a youth counselor with the LiFEsports summer camp.

“People need to wake up and realize this is happening just miles down the street from you. There are kids that are hungry, there are kids that don’t have backpacks,” said Williams, “My most important job when I work with kids is to ask them two simple questions, questions that are often overlooked.”

The questions: Are you okay? What’s going on?

“We need to assess kids on their mental health and figure out if they feel safe at school, at home and in their neighborhoods? Kids aren’t learning because of these outside factors.”

Williams hopes that lawmakers are listening to the people who are actually working in these situations every day, paying attention to the hashtag and starting to create polices in line with educators’ solutions.

Recently, Williams was also selected by Ohio State’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry to participate in “Takeover Tuesday” where she showcased her LiFEsports research on their Instagram account @OURCI_OSU. Last fall, the office chose Williams to present her project, “The Impact of Sport-Based Positive Youth Development Programs in Enhancing Social Competencies Among At-Risk Youth,” in Brazil at the Simpósio Internacional de Iniciação Cientificae Tecnológica da Universidade de São Paulo (SIICUSP) Conference. William’s project also won first place at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the category of “Family Dynamics Within Complex Community and Educational Systems.”

To see the NBC news coverage, click here.

Henderson Lands Story in The New Social Worker

When Tasha Henderson learned that the New Social Worker Magazine was looking for stories about why the profession is so powerful, she had to respond.

“This was my chance to share, so I wrote a piece and sent it to the editor,” said Henderson. “I was thrilled when she said she’d like to use it. I had actually reached out before to find out what kind of work she was looking for and had been watching for article calls in the online and hardcopy publications. After the acceptance, it was just a matter of waiting to see which day in March it would run.”

In her article, Henderson advocates for vulnerable youth and their families on a national platform.
Originating from McHenry, Illinois, Henderson is an MSW student specializing in school social work.  Her research interests include adolescent behavior and school social work as they relate to topics of school climate, teacher integration, and interdisciplinary teams.

She has co-authored several presentations and posters nationally and served as a teaching assistant of the college’s undergraduate course Prevention and Youth Development though Sport, Recreation and Play. Henderson also works as a student research assistant for the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI) and volunteers for the LiFEsports initiative.

Additionally, Henderson works with community organizations, schools across the nation and at-risk youth in Columbus. She continues to understand pre-existing conditions, external factors,  and outcome of intervention with youth in school and sport settings. She plans to pursue a doctoral program in social work to further research in the school social work practice.

To read Henderson’s story, click here.

Second D.C. Fly-In Helps Students Learn Role Social Workers Play in Politics 

This month, 20 College of Social Work students visited the nation’s capital with one goal in mind: to witness first-hand how the profession can play a part in politics.
Joined by 45 students from the University of Alabama, the trip marked the college’s second D.C. Fly-In, giving students a three-day window to speak directly with legislators and to learn about policy advocacy at the national level.

The Fly-In included meetings with congress representatives Terri Sewell, Joyce Beatty and Martha Roby as well as presentations by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Church World Service and other organizations and alumni. Students also advocated for identified legislation, got hands-on work in politics and received training on policy analysis. They left D.C. with a better understanding and knowledge of what it’s like to present and advocate for a bill on Capitol Hill.

Although the Fly-In officially ended on Friday, March 23, many of the students stayed to join the March for Our Lives movement in D.C., on Saturday, March 24, to advocate that students’ lives and safety become a priority and an end to mass school shootings.



Age-Friendly Columbus, in collaboration with Franklin County and The Ohio State University College of Social Work, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, February 26, at Blackburn Community Center, located at 263 Carpenter St., in Columbus. The ceremony celebrated Age-Friendly Columbus’ new office space at Blackburn, as well as its transition to Ohio State’s College of Social Work.

Attending dignitaries included Bill Armbruster, AARP National Age-Friendly Senior Advisor, City of Columbus Councilmember Michael Stinziano, Ohio State College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire and others.

In January, Age-Friendly Columbus, a collaborative initiative that serves the city’s aging population, announced its transition to the College of Social Work. Age-Friendly Columbus Director Katie White will continue to lead the initiative at the college, working alongside Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement Lisa Durham.

With the planning phase and new strategic plan complete, the College of Social Work will oversee its implementation, which includes directing the outlined goals and strategies that will shape Columbus and Franklin County into an age-friendly community for decades to come.

“We are so pleased to not only host Age-Friendly, but to be an active partner in the work that will be happening,” says College of Social Work Dean Tom Gregoire. “Our college has a strong presence in aging research, teaching and community engagement, and we are excited by the possibilities of what we can further develop and create with Age Friendly.”

The college’s Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny and Dr. Shannon Jarrott are at the forefront of aging research and expertise. They’re also involved in a one-of-a-kind, innovative intergenerational day care hosted by the college and located in a low-income neighborhood. The center blends generations and serves older adults and children together while also training students from multiple disciplines.

“The Age-Friendly initiative will provide students and faculty the opportunity to work in collaboration with older adults to support a high quality of life for people of all ages,” says Dabelko-Schoeny. “We have the opportunity to engage across disciplines and with the public and private sectors to make our community the best place to live for all generations.”

The move also comes at a crucial time. Central Ohio’s population of 65 years or older is going to double over the next 35 years. Insight2050 revealed that older adults are seeking walkable communities and a different style of home – smaller and in mixed-use neighborhoods. This single demographic change will have a huge impact on housing, transportation, and employment.

Age-Friendly Columbus previously operated under the guidance of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). Funders for Age-Friendly Columbus include the Franklin County Office on Aging, City of Columbus, Columbus City Council, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and The Columbus Foundation.

About the College of Social Work
First accredited in 1919, the College of Social Work is the oldest continuously accredited public social work program in the country.  The College–through excellence in teaching, research, and service–prepares leaders who enhance individual and community well-being, celebrate difference, and promote social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. The college fosters social change through collaboration with individuals, families, communities, and other change agents to build strengths and resolve complex individual and social problems. As an internationally recognized college, it builds and applies knowledge that positively impacts Ohio, the nation, and the world. The college’s vision is to “embrace difference, seek justice, and be the change.”

For more information, contact:

  • Katie White, Age-Friendly Columbus Director,
  • Frankie Jones-Harris, OSU College of Social Work Communications Director, 614-330-2206 or

Congratulations to alumna Maggie Griffin (BSSW ’17, pictured right) who was featured in a public service announcement during the November 4, Ohio State vs. Iowa game.

Griffin was an inaugural winner of the President’s Prize, an Ohio State social change initiative funded by President Michael Drake. Maggie collaborated with her faculty mentor, Dr. Michelle Kaiser, on a project called the “Unity Fridge,” that uses innovative urban gardening to feed people throughout Columbus. If you’d like to learn more, check out her story.

Click here to watch Maggie’s video/PSA.




More than 450 College of Social Work graduates and their families and friends packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium on Friday, May 5, for the college’s annual Evening of Recognition, an event honoring social work graduates. Momentum soared during the ceremony as students were honored with yellow roses, awards and live tweet shouts and well wishes displayed on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the auditorium stage.

Two days later, the graduates received their degrees during The Ohio State University’s Spring Commencement. A record breaking 11,734 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony. Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.

College’s Graduation Ceremony: A Unique Blend of Technology and Tradition

No one wants to miss a loved one’s graduation, but what if you’re on the other side of the country or across the ocean? The College of Social Work solves that problem for those faraway guests wishing to attend its annual  pre-commencement ceremony known as the Evening of Recognition. With a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media, the college streams the event live so guests from all over the United States can watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage.

This year, the event drew nearly 150 guests. They watched from Argentina and Canada, as well as from 25 states outside of Ohio, including Hawaii. Onlookers, both via the live feed and in person, were invited to tweet shout outs and well wishes to the graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus. Just as in years past, the event went viral on Twitter.

The college, known for being technology-forward, added live streaming and tweeting during the ceremony several years ago.  The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

Watch this traditional, cutting-edge way of celebrating College of Social Work graduates.

Helm, Kreinbrink Honored at College Award Ceremony

At this year’s 2017 Field Education Appreciation Breakfast, Linda Helm, MSW, PhD, LISW-S, ACSW, was selected as Field Liaison of the Year. Helm serves as the college’s program manager for the University Partnership Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. She was nominated by Morgan Johnson and Sarah McGee.

Additionally, Jenny Kreinbrink, MSW, LSW, was selected as Co-Instructor of the Year. Jenny serves as a field coordinator at the college. She was nominated by Elizabeth Fries.



Kelley Cupp Named Staff Member of the Year
Kelley Cupp is this year’s recipient of the Dianna Barrett Outstanding Staff Member Award, which recognizes staff members who have displayed exemplary service to the college, its students and faculty. Candidates for the award are nominated by college faculty or staff, and the recipient is determined by the dean.  As an educational technologist, Kelley has had a very important role in the development of the college’s highly successful online curriculum. She has been key in helping our online instruction reach such a high level of excellence.


Yoon Receives Honorable Mention for SSWR Dissertation
Dr. Susan Yoon’s dissertation earned Honorable Mention from the Society for Social Work and Research. Her dissertation is entitled “Fostering Resilient Development: Risk and Protective Factors Underlying Behavioral Trajectories of Maltreated Children.” To learn more about Yoon, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Sharvari Karandikar who received The Ohio State University’s Outstanding Advisor Award from the Office of Student Life. Karandikar was honored with this award in acknowledgement of her exceptional leadership for Sankalpa, a registered Ohio State student organization. She has gone above and beyond her duties as an advisor and has helped facilitate growth and development in the group’s members.

At the college, Karandikar serves as an associate professor. She began her career practicing as a social worker for sex workers and victims of sex trafficking in Mumbai, India. During her PhD program in Social Work at University of Utah, and through her work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and later at the Ohio State University, she has focused her research efforts on issues related to the female sex workers and victims of sex trafficking particularly on gender-based violence, health and mental health issues. Karandikar’s current research relates to sex work and sex trafficking in Asia, egg donation, international gestational surrogacy, medical tourism and its impact on women.

For more information about Karandikar, click here.

Dr. Michelle Kaiser and Nicholas Stanich

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Kaiser! She is the 2017 recipient of the Emerging Service-Learning Award for her “Follow the Tomato” course.

The “Follow the Tomato: Community-Based Food Strategies to Address Social and Environmental Injustices” course was also featured in the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) Challenge of Change report on page 117. The report focuses on the effort to solve global food and nutrition security challenges.  For more background about the challenge and Ohio State’s involvement, click here.

Special thanks to Dr. Vicki Fitts who helped co-teach the course for two years.

Franklinton Gardens was also selected to receive OSU’s 2017 Excellence in Community Partnership Award. Special thanks to Kaiser and Nicholas Stanich, Director of Franklin Gardens, for their work there.

Last year, Kaiser was honored with The Ohio State University’s highest teaching award, the 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. She was chosen out of more than 3,000 Ohio State faculty.

For more information about Kaiser and her work, visit:

Alumni Magazine Feature

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MichelleKaiserlowresWhy should where you live determine how long you live? That’s one of the food security issues Dr. Michelle Kaiser addresses in the Ohio State Alumni Magazine’s July/August issue featuring a special report on food security.

Click here to check out her story. Also read the entire special report.

Kaiser was recently honored with The Ohio State University’s highest teaching award, the 2016 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. She was chosen out of more than 3,000 Ohio State faculty.

No one wants to miss a loved one’s graduation, but what if you’re on the other side of the country or across the ocean?


The Ohio State University College of Social Work solved that problem for those faraway guests wishing to attend its annual pre-commencement ceremony known as the Evening of Recognition. More than 60 guests from all over the United States—17 states to be exact and as far away as Hawaii—streamed live to watch their graduating family and friends recognized, receive honors and walk the stage. In all, about 412 students receiving BSSW, MSW and PhD degrees were recognized at Mershon Auditorium. Onlookers, both in person and via the live feed, were also invited to tweet shout outs and well wishes to the graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage.

The college, known for being technology-forward, added live streaming and tweeting during the ceremony several years ago. The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!,” was a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

To watch the ceremony, click here.


Dr. Audrey Begun

Congratulations to Dr. Audrey Begun who became a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research this year. Begun became a fellow during an induction ceremony at the society’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. in January. She joins Dr. Natasha Bowen as Ohio State’s and the College of Social Work’s  two faculty members inducted into the Society for Social Work and Research as a SSWR Fellow.  Induction into the fellowship is a prestigious acknowledgment that is awarded to a very limited number of the SSWR membership.

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Dr. Natasha Bowen

According to SSWR: “Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research are members who have served with distinction to advance the mission of the Society — to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society.”

Begun’s research, service, and leadership in SSWR has focused on substance misuse and addictive behaviors. She has presented work in the past on training social workers about alcohol use disorders and preventing violence against women. To read more about Begun, click here.
Bowen does research on how elementary and middle schools can reduce academic achievement disparities associated with race/ethnicity and socio-economic status.  To read more about Bowen, click here.


Why, after decades of research and effort on so many fronts, does the scourge of alcohol misuse remain entrenched in society?



For Drs. Audrey Begun and John Clapp of The Ohio State University College of Social Work, and 31 of their colleagues, what’s needed is a vision as vast as the problem. What’s needed is a unified, concerted strategy that employs the best minds and most effective weapons from multiple disciplines, a plan founded on the latest research and best practices from the fields of social work, biology, medicine, psychology, public health, economics, engineering and geography, among others.

The vision, outlined in a concept paper first-authored by Begun and Clapp, has been accepted by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) as part of its inaugural Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative. Titled “Reducing and Preventing Negative Consequences of Alcohol Misuse,” the paper includes contributions from social work scholars from around the world.



Contemporary research approaches make it possible to address  increasingly complex problems such as alcohol misuse, the authors note, and emerging technology gives contributors the ability to capture new types of data to analyze the problem and offer practical solutions.

The paper, along with other accepted proposals, will be published on the AASWSW website and in other publications. Academy President Richard Barth said members will generate interest among policymakers and potential funders for implementing what has been proposed.

The Grand Challenges initiative, announced in January, seeks to solve the most pressing societal problems through innovations in social work science and practice. Areas identified include ending racial injustice, reducing mass incarceration, stopping family violence and achieving health equity, an area that Begun and Clapp’s paper addresses.

Founded in 2009 by major social work organizations, the AASWSW serves to advance the public good and contribute to a sustainable, equitable and just future—a goal that aligns compellingly with the concept of grand challenges.

How does the environment of a neighborhood and its social cohesion affect the likelihood that a parent will abuse or neglect a child?

For years this has been a burgeoning field of investigation among researchers, and a principal topic of inquiry for Dr. Katie Maguire Jack of The Ohio State University College of Social Work. Now, in a significant shift, the third-year assistant professor is extending her research to an area that’s been mostly overlooked and vastly understudied, but one of potential importance to Ohio and states like it.Katie-Maguire-Jack

Child maltreatment is a serious public health problem in the United States. Kids who are abused or neglected are at greater risk of developmental delays, psychiatric disorders, and aggressive and antisocial behaviors. And as adults, they are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer from depression and take part in criminal activity.

Numerous studies have documented a strong correlation between neighborhood poverty and child maltreatment, but the effects of other variables within a neighborhood –crime, racial makeup, turnover, access to child-care and other services — are less clear. Even less understood still is to what degree social aspects of a neighborhood play a role.

The body of research to date, though abundant, is glaringly narrow in one regard – it focuses almost exclusively on neighborhoods in major cities and urban centers. Research on rural communities has gone begging, though population statistics clearly point to the need.

In Ohio, 22 percent of residents – more than 2.5 million people — live in rural areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Maine and Vermont, more than 61 percent of the population is rural, and by sheer numbers Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have more rural residents than Ohio.

Maguire Jack’s latest study, an examination of parenting and family life in rural Ohio, begins to address this gap in the research.

Working with Dr. Bridget Freisthler of UCLA, Maguire Jack will undertake a pilot survey in Shelby County, on the western edge of the state. Of particular interest is whether the availability of social services and the interaction of neighbors provide any protective effect against child maltreatment. In earlier studies, conducted in urban areas of California and Ohio, Maguire Jack found evidence that suggests they do.

A fundamental challenge in developing the Shelby County study, given its rural setting, was defining the unit of geography to be used, in other words, determining what constitutes a “neighborhood” in an area where houses might be separated by vast distances.

Instead of relying on census tracts or political jurisdictions, common in urban studies, Maguire Jack and Freisthler will concentrate on what they call “personalized neighborhoods.” These are areas in which survey respondents most often travel – for instance, the activity space that includes a person’s job site, physician’s office, friend’s house, grocery store, pharmacy, gym, child-care provider, schools and so on.

As a step toward finalizing the format of the survey, Maguire Jack and Freisthler have created a draft questionnaire that will be distributed to 200 to 500 parents with children 12 and younger. The survey examines topics at both the family and community level, including economic hardship, availability of services, community involvement of parents, their interaction with neighbors, child behavior and discipline, and means of emotional support.

The questionnaire will be distributed in November and December by the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and will also be available online.

The Shelby County research continues a collaboration between Maguire Jack and Freisthler, who earlier this year published a paper titled “Understanding the Interplay Between Neighborhood Structural Factors, Social Processes, and Alcohol Outlets on Child Physical Abuse.”

Freisthler, a professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles, will join the OSU College of Social Work faculty in 2016.

For more information, contact Dr. Katie Maguire Jack at