Social Work Faculty News

Prof. White Presented at Rethinking Race

Naomi White

Naomi White, Professor of Instruction, presented two workshops for Rethinking Race: Black, White, and Beyond on February 27 and March 6, 2019. 

Racial Conflict: An Opportunity to Stretch and Decide
Group think A Potential Steel Barrier to Becoming Your Future You

This was a forum in which race and race-related issues were discussed, examined, and better understood through films, performances, Face-2-Face Conversations, and keynote speakers. The aim of the forum was to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.

Face-2-Face (F2F) conversations were discussions dealing with race and racial conflict. Because race is a sensitive and controversial topic, F2F conversations provided a forum for interesting, illuminating and real conversation—student to student—without reinforcing tired stereotypes, amplifying hostility, or spreading more misinformation about the very real and complex racial conflicts playing out in America today.


Dr. McManus Provided Training on Autism for First Responders and School Personnel

McManus at Autisum Event

On February 22, 2019, “Stop. Assess. Support. An Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders” was held in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union. This event was sponsored by College of Health Professions and College of Applied Science and Technology during Five-Star Friday to encourage thinking about what we can do to better work with and support those in our community with autism.

Dr. Mark McManus, visiting assistant professor, reminded attendees that autism is a part of everyday society.“In all of these scenarios, the key is to help the person with autism … to talk to them, ask questions, and do what you can to improve the outcome,” Dr. McManus shared. “I hope scenarios like this have helped to bring to light the everyday life of people dealing with autism and how we can do better as a community in providing services and building understanding.”

To read more about the event, click here.


Social Work Faculty Received Awards from the National Society of Leadership and Success

Two social work faculty nominated by students and received awards through The University of Akron Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Sigma Alpha Pi, on December 3, 2018 during the society’s  induction and awards ceremony. The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society. With 656 chapters, the NSLS currently has 956,382 members nationwide.    

Jill Dickie Award Naomi White award2 Naomi receiving an award


Dr. Jill Dickie
 received the Excellence in Teaching Award. She has exemplified the purpose of the Society through excellence in academic student development.

Prof. Naomi White received an Honorary Membership. She has exemplified a commitment to excellence in developing student leaders.