As an Indigenous CHamoru, Albert Toves' pursuit to attain a degree in social work is rooted in his passion and responsibility to help his community in Guåhan (Guam) and other indigenous communities.
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Dr. Vanessa Meade appointed as member of U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee
Vanessa Meade, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and a U.S. Army veteran, was recently appointed as a member of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee (VRHAC) on a three-year term.
Dr. Tracey Burke, alongside collaborators, publish three manuscripts related to food insecurity research
School of Social Work Professor Tracey Burke and Dietetics and Nutrition Assistant Professor Amanda Walch collaborated with each other and UAA students to publish three manuscripts from studies they have been conducting with the St. Francis House Food Pantry to determine food pantry needs within the community.
While most know Mary Louise Rasmuson for her extraordinary philanthropy and the many structures, organizations and foundations that hold her and her husband's namesake, what many don’t know about Mary Louise was her incredible contribution to pioneering women’s work and rights in the U.S. military. She is an inspiration to many, but for Vanessa Meade, assistant professor in UAA’s School of Social Work and Army veteran, Rasmuson holds an extra special place in her heart. Meade is the coordinator for a new community-based project Operation Mary Louise (OML), named after Rasmuson, a woman she greatly admires for her military and leadership service. She hopes the project will shed light on Rasmuson's military contributions and all the women in Alaska who have served.
MSW graduate Nyangath Diew recalls her refugee experience that led her to pursue a career in social work
Nyangath had received her Bachelor of Social Work and has graduated from the UAA Master of Social Work program with advanced standing during the Spring 2021 Commencement. She hopes to become like Kim, a person who dedicated her life to serving the unfortunate.