Redefining what's possible.
The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults in Seattle and King County is expected to double by 2030, and they face higher risks of disability, poor health, mental distress and isolation—along with a social service sector unequipped to deal with their needs. That’s the conclusion of a study released Oct. 6 and led by professor Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen and colleagues at the University of Washington School of Social Work. The study identifies widespread social and health disparities experienced by LGBTQ older adults in Seattle and King County who, Fredriksen-Goldsen said, have unique needs and multiple barriers to accessing appropriate care.
Edwina “Eddie” Uehara, a University of Washington professor and Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work, is eager to facilitate cultural exchanges. Not exchanges of people from different countries or ethnicities, but from disciplines that can be worlds apart: computer technology and social work. “It really is this moment,” said Uehara, “when all of us are pivoting toward harnessing what this region is good at.” It’s bringing together the Puget Sound area’s tremendous technology skills, its devoted philanthropists and the academic expertise and community relationships of the UW’s School of Social Work. Each brings its own strengths, she said, with technology’s penchant for innovation, moving quickly and embracing change and the UW’s deep understanding of complicated social issues and trust from the community.
Today, UW School of Social Work Dean Edwina S. Uehara announced a new gift of $20 million from Connie and Steve Ballmer—$10 million of which will be used to provide much-needed scholarship support. "This new funding will more than double the amount of philanthropic support we offer to our students each year," said Dean Uehara. "It will make a profound difference to students in need." The Ballmers’ new gift brings the couple’s support for the School of Social Work to $32 million over the past five years.
Each year, around 1,100 undergraduate students around the United States die by suicide; in the last six years alone, 18 University of Washington students have taken their own lives. “That number sounds horrific, and it is, but it’s also squarely in line with the national average,” said Lauren Davis, director of school and campus programs at Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, an interdisciplinary organization based in the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.
The UW School of Social Work Art Committee, in partnership with Seattle's C Art Gallery, is presenting a vibrant exhibit illustrating how Africa has challenged, enhanced and influenced Puget Sound artists through the continent’s color, patterns, imagery and subject matter. Africa provides a subtle influence and, at times, significant impact on the communities where we live. This is evident in the news we read, in our local economies, and in our reflections on our diverse neighborhoods. This influence also shapes the works of local artists featured in this exhibit.
This exhibit—now on display through Dec. 23 in the School of Social Work first floor gallery—is curated by C Art Gallery and reflects its mission to present and to promote artists of different cultural backgrounds to encourage acceptance and appreciation of cultural differences.
An artists’ reception is open to the public on Thursday, Nov. 5, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
"More and more, community leaders are realizing that helping children and families can prevent a whole range of costly social problems and build stronger communities," writes Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large in a editorial applauding Communities in Action—a UW School of Social Work initiative in Southeast and Central Seattle.
A new study co-authored by social work professor Todd Herrenkohl suggests that troubling behaviors exhibited by abused children can be predictors of later criminal activity, and that those indicators differ between boys and girls.
Social work professor Erin Casey is the lead author on UW study that shows abusive and controlling men are more likely to put their female partners at sexual risk.
Almost 30 years ago, social work scholars David Hawkins and Richard Catalano developed a program to reduce problem behaviors among young people by implementing preventive measures at the community level. New research affirms the positive impact of protective factors in the lives of young people.