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Congratulations to our fall graduates! The University’s Fall Commencement included 36 BSSW and 30 MSW students. Two graduating students received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence: Lisaimy Mallo, MSW and Areli Mendoza, BSSW. MSW student, Emily Blower, has been awarded the Marian Dumaine Scholarship for her practicum this spring. Well done, Emily!

We are very pleased to share that our Delta Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society received the Phi Alpha Chapter Service Award for 2018. This is the 12th consecutive year that our chapter has won this award and represents a well-deserved recognition of the work our students are doing for the profession, University, and South Florida community. Congratulations to our Phi Alpha leadership and members! Special recognition to the chapter’s advisor, Dr. Mary Helen Hayden (Director of the School), for her leadership and guidance of the chapter.

Dr. Eric Wagner’s Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI) recently partnered with Dr. John Lowe at FSU’s Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE); they were awarded a $1.275 million SAMHSA grant. The project is entitled Community Partnership Preventing Health Risks among Florida Urban American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Young Adults and will work with Florida Pow Wows and Native American communities to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health promotion and disease prevention services for AI/AN adults. CBRI will lead the research and evaluation component of the project.

For more information on this project, you can go to

We also are pleased to share that our faculty member, 
Shimon Cohen (Clinical Instructor/BSSW Field Coordinator), was selected to collaborate with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and Health Professions Week on a social media campaign on Instagram to help educate prospective students on the field of social work, and particularly on the diversity of the profession. Eight brief videos were released on Instagram highlighting social workers that Mr. Cohen has interviewed on his podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change, along with posts explaining how each social worker impacts their community and corresponding hashtags. The posts include a link to CSWE's new website for prospective students, where the podcast is featured as one of three podcasts that can help students learn about current trends.

Our very own, Dr. Mark Macgowan, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work and Professor of Social Work, deployed to the panhandle after Hurricane Michael with Florida’s Medical Assistance Teams. We are so very proud of the work he does to assist communities near and far. You can read more about his deployment in the following article:

Save the Date for the following continuing education event:

  • ​​Biannual Qualified Supervisors/Field Instructors’ Training on Friday, February 1, 2019, and Friday, February 8, 2019, from 8:30 am-5 pm (16 CEUs) at FIU’s MMC Campus, GC Ballroom West. The training is free to current FIU Field Instructors and discounted for FIU Task Supervisors at $175. General Admission is $225. To register and/or make an inquiry, please e-mail