Alumni News

Trans Champion Scholarship Award to be named in Honor of Amirage Saling, MSSW, 19'

Amirage Saling Graduation

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the recent passing of fellow alum, Amirage Saling, MSSW, 19’. Amirage was awarded the 2019 Kent School Student of the Year Award and was the first transgender person to carry a school/college banner at the U of L commencement ceremony. She was also a trailblazer in the LGBTQ community in Louisville and in the HIV services field. We send our condolences to Amirage's family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.

The Kent School is currently developing a Trans* Champion scholarship award to be named in Amirage’s honor. She embodied the spirit of everything the award is slated to recognize in a Trans* Champion. The award will be created and given to a Kent School of Social Work student, who either identifies as Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender Queer, or Gender Nonconforming or who is a champion for the rights of this minority group. They will exemplify the attributes necessary to be an advocate for LGBTQ rights within the field of Social Work with a particular emphasis on the rights of those who are Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender Queer, or Gender Nonconforming.

If you are interested in giving to the scholarship fund, donations can be made by going to the main Kent School Giving Form 

From there, select your gift amount and then designate to the Trans Champion Award.

Thank you for honoring Amirage in this manner.

Amirage Saling obituary



Curtis Nelson III, Ed.D., 06', Recognized by Louisville Business First as a 2020 Forty Under 40

Curtis Nelson III, Ed.DCurtis Nelson III, Ed.D., 06', was recently recognized by Louisville Business First as a 2020 Forty Under 40.

Every year, Forty Under 40 recognizes forty of Louisville's "exceptional young leaders." You can find more information about it here:

The Kent alum was also recently published and released, his first book entitled "Failure Matters." The book is a memoir that details family struggles and behavioral issues from childhood, through high school and overcoming personal challenges to achieve success.






Upcoming events


Maintaining your Mental Health while Fighting for Social Justice

Date: 9/24/2020
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing

Whether through front line protests, social media, education, or the workplace, the current fight for social justice is powerful and never ending. It can also be draining, exhausting, and uncertain. Regardless of your role in the fight, it is important to maintain your mental health to continue the fight.

In this event, a panel of UofL alumni mental health practitioners will share their insight and tips for maintaining your mental health while fighting for social justice. This will be a Q&A discussion, so submit your questions through the registration form, or bring them to the event.

We are excited to welcome the following alumni to this event as our panelists:
-Dericka Canada Cunningham, PhD
-DeShara C. Doub, MSSW, Marriage & Family Therapy Associate
-Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD, MPA, ABPP
-Ashleigh Hazley, MEd will serve as our moderator

More information about the event available here.

Employment Opportunities

We seek to advertise available openings of interest to social work students and social work graduates. Jobs are posted for 60 days, unless stated otherwise in the ad.  If you would like to post job opportunities to this website, please contact  Debra Evans with the following information included in your email:

  • full job description
  • title of organization and the job title
  • whether full or part-time, or seasonal/contract position
  • eligibility requirements for the position
  • contact information (name, address, phone, fax), so an applicant can submit their letter of interest

Current job listings

Continuing Education

The Kent School Continuing Education program is dedicated to assisting social workers in meeting their professional development needs, maintaining and improving professional competence. We strive to provide trainings that are innovative, engaging and in line with the Kent School’s mission of addressing complex social problems through education, research and service to create a just and better world. Our continuing education program demonstrates to the community, prospective students and alumni, our commitment to them, not only inside the classroom but once they are out in the field. In becoming one of the top research social work programs in the country, we provide tools to support your practice in addressing societies most difficult problems. We strive to meet career demands and promote exploration of new careers in social work with the implementation of our online CEU Kent Contributor Series.

All CEU Workshops are approved by The Kentucky Board of Social Work.

To view Fall 2020 CEU Workshop Schedule: Click Here