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MSW alumni Kim Kovol appointed acting DFCS commissioner

 |  Ahliil Saitanan  |  ,

UAA Master of Social Work alumni Kim Kovol recently was appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy as acting commissioner of the new Alaska Department of Family and Community Services.

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Alumni of Distinction: Amanda Metivier

 |  Green & Gold  | 

School of Social Work alumna and 2021 Alumni Humanitarian Amanda Metivier is the director of the Alaska Child Welfare Academy and co-founder of Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Through her advocacy at both organizations, she has led efforts to expand services and support for foster youth across Alaska. Metivier will be honored at the UAA Alumni of Distinction celebration banquet on April 23, 2022.

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Oregon leader will use her own refugee experience to guide changes in state programs

 |  Oregon Capital Chronicle  | 

MSW alumni Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie was featured in an Oregon Capital Chronicle article about her efforts to use her own refugee experience to guide changes in state programs. The new director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement wants to build bridges between state agencies and the people they are supposed to serve.

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Talk of Alaska: Breaking the cycle of removal for Black and Indigenous children

 |  Alaska Public Media  | 

School of Social Work assistant professor Dr. Jessica Ullrich and Dept. of Human Services associate professor Dr. Yvonne Chase were guests on Talk of Alaska on March 8 to talk about breaking the cycle of removing for Black and Indigenous children.⁠

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UAA researchers hope to move child welfare away from separation and toward community building

 |  Alaska Public Media  | 

Social Work Assistant Professor Dr. Jessica Ullrich and Human Services Professor Dr. Yvonne Chase were featured in an Alaska Public Media article about a study they co-authored in the International Journal on Child Maltreatment, titled "A Connectedness Framework: Breaking the Cycle of Child Removal for Black and Indigenous Children." The study explores alternative child welfare strategies to limit family separation.