Message from the Dean

Dean JenkinsWe have finally reached the end of a uniquely challenging semester and calendar year. However, I continue to be impressed by the resilience of our students, faculty, and staff. You have successfully navigated changes to your learning environments and work styles and continue to thrive in these uncertain times.

Despite the challenges of this year, we have several firsts to celebrate at the Kent School. This year, U of L held its first virtual Commencement ceremony. Also, the Kent School held its first virtual Doctoral hooding ceremony and we celebrated our maiden Master of Science in Couple and Family Therapy graduating class. Congratulations to our Class of 2020 graduates! We are proud of you and cannot wait to hear of your great accomplishments and future successes!

During this challenging time, national and local Kent School research projects continue to move forward. Focus for some of our research projects has shifted to address issues of the day including COVID-19 and the impact of Anti-Racism work. I hope you will take time to read the articles, listen to the podcast, and watch the video in the latest edition of the Kent Connection featuring some of the projects led by our Kent School faculty.

Finally, we have a few exciting new developments moving into the new year. In the Fall, we will have a Social Work Living Learning Community for BSW students in the new dormitory building on Belknap Campus. Also, we are nearing final approval of our new online Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) degree program planned for an August start. I am very excited about our work with the new Associate Dean of Equity & Inclusion, Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong examining our culture, curriculum, and research in our journey to become a more Anti-Racist organization. These are all important and exciting developments for the Kent School in the year ahead.

Please care for your health, practice self-care, and continue social distancing. Have a relaxing winter break and a Happy New Year!

Dean David Jenkins
Kent School of Social Work