News from the UGA School of Social Work
September 2017

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September 2017

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Flexible and Creative Paths to a Master’s Degree

One of the great challenges in returning to graduate school is the huge time commitment. It is hard to invest two years or more in full-time study—and for some people it is simply not possible to stop working for that long. Luckily, the University of Georgia has approved two new flexible and creative opportunities for students to obtain master’s degrees at the School of Social Work—the Extended Time Advanced Standing MSW Program at the Gwinnett campus, and the Double Dawgs program for the Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Extended Time Advanced Standing MSW Program

The School of Social Work recognizes the growing need for well-trained clinical social workers in the greater Atlanta area and beyond. Many BSWs who are already in the field have family or other commitments that prevent them from attending day classes in the Athens full-time Advanced Standing Program. Beginning fall semester 2018, Bachelor of Social Work graduates who want a Master of Social Work degree can have it all. The School has made the Advanced Standing MSW option available as an extended time program at its Gwinnett campus. This program is the first of its kind in Georgia, allowing recent (within five years) BSW graduates to jump into the practice world while at the same time earning an MSW in two years. For more information, go to

Double Dawgs Program

To give students a competitive advantage after graduation while helping lower the overall cost of a college education, the University of Georgia has launched the Double Dawgs program, which creates structured pathways for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within a five-year timeframe. At the School of Social work, the Double Dawgs Program enables students to pursue dual Bachelors and Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (MA NML) degrees. The School has partnered with the following undergraduate majors to offer MA NML Double Dawg programs:

  • Latin American Caribbean Studies
  • Music (A.B.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • Social Work (BSW)
  • Theatre (A.B.)

Both of these programs ease students’ burdens and increase the number of new social work and nonprofit leaders educated at the UGA School of Social Work. It’s a powerful way to invest in the future and we are very proud to be able to offer these programs.

As always, thank you for all you do to invest in the future by supporting our School and students. Stay in touch, come visit when you can, and always feel free to contact me with your thoughts, feedback, and ideas.



Alumni News


Congratulations to Dawn Meyers (MSW 94), our alumna and collaborator, on being appointed Associate Superintendent of Policy and School Support Services for the Clarke County School System. It is wonderful having a social worker in such a pivot leadership role in our schools!

If you have alumni news you'd like to share, please contact Jennifer Abbott, alumni director, at

Survey on Employee Attitudes Toward Creativity

How do employees handle new approaches to problem-solving in the workplace? Is attempting to be creative at work a boon or a boondoggle? Kristina Jaskyte, a faculty member of the School of Social Work and the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, has created a survey to gain a better understanding of employees’ attitudes toward creativity. Nonprofit professionals and social workers are invited to participate - just click this link:! The findings will help researchers improve interventions geared toward increasing creativity in the workplace. There are no known risks or discomforts associated with this research (although you may experience an increased feeling of well-being for helping out)! For more information, contact Dr. Kristina Jaskyte at


On Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, view a screening of the 45-minute documentary "Released" followed by a panel discussion. The film is a powerful examination of how of individuals formerly involved in the criminal justice system continue to pay for the mistakes of their past while trying to reintegrate into society. It recently premiered in Atlanta as part of Gov. Nathan Deal's push for criminal justice reform. This event is sponsored by the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights and the Davenport-Benham chapter of the Black Law Students Association. It will be held at the UGA Special Collections Library, 300 South Hull Street, Room 271, Athens, Georgia


October 6th is Minority Visitation Day for pre-college students. For more information, contact Dr. Leon Banks, On the same day, there will be a PhD Program Open House for those who may be interested in pursuing a doctorate in social work. For details, contact Kat Farlowe,

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