Although foster youth have college aspirations similar to their peers, fewer than one in ten ultimately complete a two-year or four-year college degree. What are the major factors that influence their chances of succeeding? Climbing a Broken Ladder by Dr. Nathanael Okpych advances our knowledge of what can be done to improve college outcomes for a student group that has largely remained invisible in higher education. Drawing on data from one of the most extensive studies of young people in foster care, Okpych examines a wide range of factors that contribute to the chances that foster youth enroll in college, persist in college, and ultimately complete a degree. Okpych also investigates how early trauma affects later college outcomes, as well as the impact of a significant child welfare policy that extends the age limit of foster care. The book concludes with data-driven and concrete recommendations for policy and practice to get more foster youth into and through college.
Listen to Dr. Okpych discuss his book on episode 29 of the UConn 360 podcast.
Drs. Lynn Moore Healy and Rebecca Thomas coauthored International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World, Third Edition, a comprehensive treatment of all dimensions of international social work. The authors' four-part framework includes domestic practice and policy influenced by global forces, professional exchange, international practice, and global social policy. The first section of the book explores globalization, development and human rights as foundational concepts for international social work. The text then provides an overview of global social issues and international organizations related to social welfare. Part II offers an overview of the global history of the profession. Similarities and differences in social work around the world are examined through seven country examples. Part III provides an extensive discussion of current aspects of the global profession, with chapters on ethics, social policy, international development practice, and practice at the international/domestic interface. Modalities of international professional exchange are then explored prior to a concluding chapter that provides recommendations for international action.
Beyond Borders - The Human Rights of Non-Citizens at Home and Abroad draws on contributions from a broad variety of disciplines – from literature to political science to philosophy – to consider the failures of law and politics to guarantee rights for the most vulnerable. States have long denied basic rights to non-citizens within their borders, and international law imposes only limited duties on states with respect to those fleeing persecution. But even the limited rights previously enjoyed by non-citizens are eroding in the face of rising nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and racism. Coedited by Drs. , , and , Beyond Borders explores what obligations we owe to those outside our political community and attempts to imagine new forms of belonging grounded in ideas of solidarity, empathy, and responsibility in order to identify a more robust basis for the protection of non-citizens at home and abroad.
Originally published in 2008, Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Profession investigated the many facets of racism in the United States and the implications for those in the helping professions. Using critical race theory as their starting point, authors Dr. Joshua Miller and Dr. Ann Marie Garran explored the historical context of racism as well as institutional racism present in the United States today. The authors convey that human service professionals must confront racism on two fronts: the racism outside of themselves as well as the racism within. The third and newest edition, published in December 2021, uses coloniality and other critical theories as a conceptual framework to analyze all levels of racism: structural, personal, interpersonal, professional, and cultural. It features the contributions of a new team of authors and scholars, including Dr. Lisa Werkmeister Rozas; new conceptual and theoretical material; a new chapter on immigration racism and updated content to reflect how racism and white supremacy are manifested today; and new content on the impact of racism on economics, technology, and environmental degradation; expanded sections on slavery; current political manifestations of racism and much more.
Recent Research Activity
- Office of Research and Scholarship Update – Winter 2022Posted on February 7, 2022
- Dr. Kathryn Libal Co-PI on OVPR Research Excellence Program AwardPosted on October 8, 2021
- JSWE Focuses on Education During the PandemicPosted on September 23, 2021
- The Role of Self-Stigma in Engagement in Opioid Use Disorder TreatmentPosted on September 1, 2021
ORS Events – Spring 2022
Brown Bag Series
ORS Office Hours
Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 / 12:00 - 1:00 / WebEx
Lunch & Learn: DMHAS EQMI & Statewide Services
Michael Girlamo, LCSW & Kim Karanda, PhD, LCSW | CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)
Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 / 12:00 - 1:00 pm / WebEx
For more information, please contact Lindsay Wessell at Lindsay.Wessell@uconn.edu.
ORS Alert – Archive
The ORS Alert is a monthly digest that highlights recent grant awards and publications from UConn School of Social Work faculty and students. The Alert also provides information on funding, professional development opportunities, and upcoming events relevant to research and scholarship in the field of Social Work. Below are archived Alerts in chronological order.