A whole new game at EAE Play

December 7, 2017

For inexperienced social workers, the first home visits could result in important decisions tainted with bias. But practice makes perfect, and students and faculty at the University of Utah’s Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab (The GApp Lab) are developing a virtual reality simulation for social work students that recreates a home environment so they can […]

U to graduate 8,566 students

April 27, 2017

University of Utah student Christina Andino will be among only 0.03 percent of foster youths who graduate from college when she receives a bachelor’s degree this year. After transferring to the U in 2015 from Salt Lake Community College, Andino is graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work and no student loan debt. While Andino […]

University of Utah now offers fully online degree programs

March 24, 2017

The University of Utah will offer fully online undergraduate degrees beginning in fall 2017. A new package of courses, called “Block U,” will be available online and will fulfill all general education requirements. This set of courses will complement the select majors currently offered in online format. “In the past, the U has offered several […]

Priest who founded Homeboy Industries to help former gangsters to speak at U

February 18, 2016

Ten years ago, Irene Ota listened when a group of students came to her with a common frustration. “My classmates just don’t get it,” Ota, diversity coordinator and instructor at the University of Utah College of Social Work, recalls some students saying. They felt some of their peers lacked understanding when it came to issues […]

What happens when eyewitnesses misidentify a crime suspect?

November 6, 2015

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino knew she’d identified the man who brutally raped her from a photo lineup in 1984. Then a 22-year-old college student, Thompson-Cannino awoke in her apartment when she heard a noise in her bedroom. Moments later, she was sexually assaulted. During the ordeal, she vowed to survive —and paid attention to her assailant’s features […]

9,000 miles away, first refugee camp students graduate from new University of Utah College of Social Work program

October 12, 2015

Gerawork Teferra fled to Kakuma, Kenya, from his native Ethiopia with nothing but desperation. He joined thousands of refugees from neighboring African nations, most who had traveled hundreds of miles to reach the safety of a refugee camp far from violence, religious persecution and starvation in the places they’d once called home. For Teferra, the […]