Message from the Dean

Dean Jenkins“Social Workers Are Essential” was this year’s theme for Social Work Month. The Kent School celebrated and honored social work and social workers during several successful virtual events. Among other things, we held a session on mindfulness and a Student Town Hall. We also hosted a Q&A session on the film White Fragility. We ended our celebration with our 2nd annual “Champions for Change” event. This year’s event was virtual as we honored students, field instructors, donors, and learned more about Dr. Anita Barbee’s important research. I am grateful to everyone who had a part in making this event a success and I’m thrilled for everyone who watched and donated to our scholarships. You can watch the event online here.

In her third month as our Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong has moved us forward in our Anti-Racist work in our curriculum, research, service, and culture. She organized equity and inclusion training sessions, finalized work on the Kent Anti-Racism survey, and helped craft our new Kent Anti-Racism statement.  We look forward to her continued work on these important topics. 

Have you have heard about our new Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) degree? This practice-focused doctorate will help prepare the next generation of leaders and teachers in Social Work. Upon final approval, we will officially open the application process in July and begin classes in August. If you have questions about the program, please see our Kent School webpage for additional information and plan to attend one of our virtual information sessions.

The pandemic and continued racial traumas have taken a toll on all of us over the past year. Please continue to be mindful of self-care and stay healthy. We remain hopeful to return to campus with face-to-face classes in the Fall. If you can get vaccinated, I encourage you to take advantage - for yourself and those you care for.


Take care,

Dean David Jenkins
Kent School of Social Work