News and events

President Brian Sandoval sits next to Dean Wichinsky and Associate Dean Weiss in the podcasting room at the Reynold's School of Journalism.
Sagebrushers season 2 ep. 14: School of Social Work

Interim Dean Lillian Wichinsky and Associate Dean Eugenia Weiss explore the importance of social work, the school’s new building and more

Interim Dean, Lillian Wichinsky, stands smiling with others from the School of Social Work on a grassy lawn on a sunny day.
UNR School of Social Work receives reaccreditation

Founding Dean Shadi Martin and Associate Dean Lillie Wichinsky presenting Dinita Smith with Compass Rose Dignity Award
Celebrating Social Work Leaders event hosts over 200 and honors 12 awardees

Eight Compass Rose awards were given out along with three Dean’s Special Recognition, one Heart of a Social Worker award and Founding Dean Martin was presented with a portrait at March 10 event

Isolina Llaguno posing at a wedding with chairs and tables in the background
Faces of the Pack: Isolina Llaguno

Bachelor of Social Work student discusses why she's proud to identify as a Latina social worker and the impact her Cuban American background will allow her to have in her future career

Two students at a computer looking at a resource paper
Family Navigation Network starts new journey to guide families through healthcare

New NCED project connects Nevada families with programs, services, and healthcare they need

Jennifer Burton sitting on the ledge in front of art sculptures
Faces of the Pack: Jennifer Burton

Master of Social Work student is proud to identify as LatinX social worker to show representation for an often under-represented population

From top left, Lillian Wichinsky, Eugenia Weiss, Ashley Daftary, Jose Parra, Aleksa Owen, Alycia Barnwell, Chang Hyun Seo, Clio Weisman, Dana Caballero, Denise Orpustan-Love, Natalie Gautereaux, William, Fauerborn in a collage of head shots
New Faculty join the School of Social Work this fall

The School of Social Work welcomes 10 new faculty and promotes two existing faculty to leadership roles

Eugenia Weiss standing by a lake wearing a green shirt, black leggings and a hat
Dr. Eugenia L. Weiss Joins School of Social Work as Masters of Social Work Program Director

Dr. Weiss brings more than 30 years experience to the School of Social Work

A group of students sitting around a table, talking. There are four males and a female.
Does talking about suicide make someone more likely to commit suicide?

Marina Murphy, lecturer with the School of Social Work, talks about normalizing talking about suicide.

Aida Guerrero and her two sons
Social work graduate walks in commencement in honor of late son

Aida Guerrero, graduating with her BSW, dedicates her graduation to her young son who tragically passed away in August 2020.

Noemi Gomez Martinez
Tu puedes, eres una luchadora

Alumna Noemí Gómez Martínez reflects on being a successful Latina in today’s world

Screen shot of a Zoom conference call with attendees for Social Work Advocacy Day
Social Work Advocacy Day hosted for more than 130 Nevada students and practitioners

Students learn about bills and how to influence legislative policy decisions

A group of University students with the School of Social Work stand around a table with signs and donuts
Social Work Month highlights how profession benefits society

School of Social Work celebrates Social Work Month with “Social Workers are Essential” campaign to recognize the profession and raise scholarship funds for students

Dr. Lillian Wichinsky in Arches National Park, Utah
School of Social Work Welcomes Dr. Lillian Wichinsky As New Associate Dean

Dr. Wichinsky brings more than 25 years of experience in the social work profession to the School of Social Work

Austin Pollard in front of the Team Rubicon truck when volunteering for North Carolina the disaster relief program
Faces of the Pack: Social Work Student Recognized as Volunteer of the Year

Austin Pollard talks about volunteering throughout the community while pursuing his Bachelor's in Social Work. He was recently recognized as the Student Volunteer of the Year.

Some of the founding members of the School of Social Work Alumni Chapter pose with Dean Shadi Martin and Community Advisory Board Chair Rota Rosaschi.
Celebrating Social Work Month by recognizing social work leaders

University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work hosts event recognizing social work leaders in the state

Tanya Kelley and Scott Mensing at the Fall 2019 Community Based Research Symposium
Undergraduate Research: growing interest, growing support, new director

Tanya Kelley named to guide the range of programs and services to encourage pursuit of research, scholarly and creative activities by undergraduates

Dean Shadi Martin speaking at a podium
School of Social Work now an independent academic unit

‘Values-oriented Leaders’ is driving message behind the newly independent school; ‘Helping the Helpers’ initiative one of many new initiatives in the works

Shadi Martin poses for a photo on the University of Nevada, Reno campus with the Pennington Student Achievement Center behind her.
Meet Dr. Shadi Martin

Founding dean of the School of Social Work

Mary Hylton
Hylton honored for civic literacy initiative at local high school

Receives ‘Social Justice Super Hero’ award

University senior Dennis Green
University honors civically engaged students with Spring 2017 Silver Paw Awards

Five University student recipients have shown exemplary contributions to their community in civic engagement

Upward Bound and Social Work visit Capitol
Upward Bound meets with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

University's School of Social Work partners with Upward Bound programs for first-ever Capitol Experience

Social Work Legislative Day
Social Work Legislative Day hosted for more than 200 Nevada students and practitioners

Students learn about bills and how to influence legislative policy decisions

Goutham Menon is the director of the School of Social Work
School of Social Work partners with international social development organization

Partnership between University and International Consortium for Social Development to organize international symposium

Communities in Schools of Western Nevada at Hug High
Social Work and Communities In Schools team up to teach Hug High students why their voice matters

Civic Literacy Program teaches students of all socioeconomic backgrounds how to advocate for themselves and their communities

University of Nevada, Reno receives Health Resources and Services Administration grant

$1.3 million to expand number of social workers qualified to work with children, youth

University Balloon Race Scholarship Recipients

University students Miranda Smith and Darrin Mccarthy receive scholarship

Terawatt Facility
Grad programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 24 graduate program rankings

Students apply course concepts through service-learning

University of Nevada, Reno students gain real-life experience through community-based learning

Menon joins University as director of the School of Social Work

Plans to grow access to program, conduct research, mentor students

Kozlowski, Barker named July Employees of Month

Both awardees cited for working far beyond job description

Chandler and Jones win national book award for ‘Casino Women’ book

University of Nevada, Reno professors’ work receive the 2012 Oral History Association National Book Award

Casino Women: Tells struggles and triumphs of women working in casinos

University of Nevada, Reno professors spend 10 years interviewing and documenting their stories

Researcher studies how people cope with job loss

Making the world a better place

Chandler sheds light on the struggles of working-class Nevadans

Working for a better world

Chandler's study prods state to raise the minimum wage

Kris Tower: educator, advocate, filmmaker