Social Work Office of Research and Public Service News

Partnerships That Make a Difference: SWORPS Child Care Quality Initiatives


The Social Work Office of Research and Public Service Child Care Report Card Program, Star-Quality Child Care Program, and Child Care Resources and Referral Network provide information to parents and improve the quality of child care in the state. These programs are funded by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Signal Centers, Inc.

Social Work Associate Director to Participate in White House Summit June 23


JoAnna Cheatham, associate director of the Office of Research and Public Service in the College of Social Work, will share the university’s successes in uplifting and supporting the state’s families during a White House summit in Washington, DC, next week. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the White House Summit on Working Families, a one-day, invitation-only meeting on Monday, June 23.

UT Study on Homelessness Garners Local News Coverage

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David Patterson, social work professor and director of the Knox Homeless Management Information System, partnered with the Knoxville-Knox County Homeless Coalition on a study about the ongoing challenges of homelessness in the area. The study, which was released this week, also highlights successes, including housing placement. Several local news outlet featured the efforts. Knoxville News Sentinel: Reports highlight ‘diversity’

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UT Offering Online Training on Civil Rights Law for State Employees

The College of Social Work is piloting a new online learning management system that allows state employees to fulfill civil rights training requirements as well as other mandated courses and assessments. The civil rights law training uses video clips from the past as teaching tools. They include John F. Kennedy’s 1963 speech on civil rights and Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.