JPhD Student is Awarded the UNCG Lula Martin McIver Scholarship

We are please to announce that JPhD student, Helen Tadese, has been awarded the UNCG Lula Martin McIver Scholarship. The UNCG Lula Martin McIver Scholarship is part of the “The UNCG Guarantee Scholarship Program, established in 2009 through an anonymous gift, not only offers qualified in-state students the opportunity to attend college with little or no debt, but also integrates support systems that ensure student success. For more information, please visit The UNCG Guarantee.” CONGRATULATIONS MS. TADESE!

JSWP faculty Delivers Two Presentations at the Latino Social Work Organization (LSWO)

Dr. Mónico delivered two presentations at the National LSWO (Latino Social Work Organization) Latinx Social Work Conference held at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) on April 6-9, 2022. Social work faculty, social work students, and allied human service professionals/faculty join this conference, which is a unique space for the Latinx social work community. The first workshop presented is titled “Conditions of Immigrants in U.S. Government Detention and Custody during COVID-19,” which was based on research with service providers of immigrants in the U.S. Dr. Mónico conducted this research with students, including Neema Olagbemiro, a PhD student of the joint program. Dr. Mónico presented another workshop titled “The Experience of Guatemalan Deportees and Their Intentions to Remigrate to the U.S.” This presentation is part of the 9-month tenure that Dr. Mónico is completing as an RTI University Scholar during the 2021-2022 school year, which focuses on analyzing, interpreting and writing the results of the Guatemalan Deportee Longitudinal Repatriation Study led by Dr. Wayne Pitts of RTI International.

JSWP faculty presenting at the International Studies Association

Dr. Carmen Mónico, faculty of the joint MSW and PhD presented with Dr. Wayne Pitts of RTI International at the International Studies Association 63rd Annual Convention titled “A Wider Discipline For A Smaller World” and held in Nashville, Tennessee on March 28-April 2, 2022. The presentation is titled “Evidence-based proposals for improved U.S. policies and programs to address the root causes of migration from the Central America Northern Triangle,” which is part of the Panel “Latin American Foreign Policy.” The 2022 Convention brought together a community 6,500 of international scholars from approximately 85 countries around the world. This presentation and the conference paper submitted to this convention is part of the 9-month tenure that Dr. Mónico is completing as an RTI University Scholar during the 2021-2022 school year, which focuses on analyzing, interpreting and writing the results of the Guatemalan Deportee Longitudinal Repatriation Study. Dr. Mónico and Dr. Pitts also presented the study findings at the Society for Social Work and Research held in Washington, DC in January 2022.

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year’s theme is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”.

Learn more here about how social workers are central to advancing gender equality and justice for all!

Here is additonal information regarding the importance of International Women’s Day and what you can do to amplify and lift these efforts.


JPhD Program Continues to Accept Applications for Fall 2022 Admission

The JPhD program is accepting applications for admission Fall 2022. You must complete your application by April 1, 2022. If you are interested, please complete your application and send an email to Sonia Martin in admissions ( so that she can process your application. For questions, please contact Dr. Jay Poole at

Dr. Carmen Monico contributes to two chapters in book on global health emergencies

Dr. Carmen Monico, a faculty teaching in the Joint MSW and PhD Programs, contributed to two chapters in the book titled “Social Work in Health Emergencies: Global Perspectives”, which just got published. According to the Routledge publishers, “This is the first comprehensive book that provides accessible, international knowledge for practitioners, students and academics about social work in health emergencies and spans fields of practice across world regions with particular reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The chapters to which Dr. Monico contributed were focused on the “Regions of the World and the COVID-19 Health Emergency” and the “Impacts of Global Pandemics on People on the Move.” The printed and online versions of the book will be released on March 1, 2022,and can be For more information about this topic, contact Dr. Monico at or

Dr. Sharon Parker Speaks at UNC School of Social Work’s First Black History Month Research Series

Dr. Sharon Parker was invited to participant in the UNC School of Social Work’s first Black History Month Research Series: “Coping Amidst COVID as BIPOC” sponsored by the Global Social Development Innovations and Inspired Lab (pdf). Dr. Parker, an alumnus of the of the School of Social Work’s PhD program, is honored to serve on the panel with Dr. Rachel Goode and Ms. Anjalee Sharma for this inaugural event. Dr. Parker, Dr. Jeannette Wade (NCAT) and Dr. Helyne Frederick (UNC) collaborated on a study, COVID-19 and the Intimate Partner Relationships of Black Women attending an HBCU and PWI. Dr. Parker will present findings from the study on February 24, 2022, at 12:00 pm. Please register to attend this virtual free event. 

Dr. Sharon Parker Speaks at HBCU Youth Summit 

Dr. Parker to speak at the HBCU Youth HIV Summit sponsored by the Office of Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS Policy and the PACE program on February 15, 2022. This event is in commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS and Awareness Day and Black History Month. Her presentation entitled, “Exploring the Uptake of PrEP with HBCU Students” shared best practices and innovations for engaging youth in HIV prevention and strategies to increase the uptake of PrEP with HBCU students.   

Dr. Sharon Parker Joined the Editorial of Public Health in Social Work

Dr. Sharon Parker

Dr. Sharon Parker joined the editorial of Public Health in Social Work in December 2021.  Congratulations Dr. Parker and thank you for your service to the field. For more information on Social Work in Public Health.