Welcome to “Why I Teach.” Here we’ll highlight the contributions of the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services instructors who bring their knowledge and expertise from the professional world to the classroom. “Our adjunct instructors are well-positioned in their companies and our community and represent a broad spectrum of highly experienced content experts, […]

by: Jessamyn Bowling, associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Rob Cramer, associate professor, Irwin Belk Distinguished Scholar in Health Research, Department of Public Health Sciences, Annelise Mennicke, associate professor, School of Social Work After the 2019 campus shooting at UNC Charlotte, our community had a wide range of understandable responses. Many people used Twitter […]

With gratitude, the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Charlotte is excited to announce the establishment of the first graduate fellowship specifically designated for the School of Social Work, the Wahler-Gardenour Social Work Graduate Fellowship. Established by Beth Wahler, director of the School of Social Work, and her wife, Kristy Gardenour, this fellowship […]

Rett Liles spent much of her legal career as a voice for children in the courtroom. Now she joins her mother at UNC Charlotte, bringing practical wisdom and legal experience as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work. Stepping Away from the Courtroom Rett Liles spent most of her career defending the well-being […]

by: Darian Benson, WFYI Indianapolis Beth Wahler, director of the School of Social Work at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, works with public libraries across the country to understand their needs and suggests ways social workers may be able to help. Wahler said she has consistently found libraries to be central to their communities. […]

Groups across the country are joining in recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and bringing awareness to the unique struggles that racial and ethnic minority communities face regarding mental illness. During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Office of Minority Health is focusing on promoting tools […]

The UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services has named scholar and administrator Beth Wahler the next director of the School of Social Work. Wahler joins UNC Charlotte from Indiana University, where she served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and was on faculty in the School of Social Work since 2012. Wahler has […]

In the United States, mental health services remain disproportionately inaccessible to many people of color. As May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to learn about mental health issues among people of color and resources available to them. To do so, we turn to Leigh Norwood, assistant director […]

UNC Charlotte researchers will soon offer virtual programming focused on education and community-building for caregivers supporting people with chronic conditions and disability. The Caregiver TLC: Thrive, Learn, Connect program, which was made possible through a grant of $265,000 from The Southminster Community Fund, will be offered to community family caregivers in Charlotte and North Carolina. […]

UNC Charlotte alumna Chelsea Gulden is the newest CEO of RAIN, a non-profit organization that empowers those living with HIV and those at risk to be healthy and stigma free. The Charlotte-based organization is working to end HIV in the community, and offers many treatment services and partners with the Mecklenburg County Health Department for […]

The theme of Social Work Month 2021 is “Social Workers are Essential,” a message that resonates in describing professionals that sometimes work under the radar, but play a critical role in addressing the needs of people and communities. Social workers have faced difficult circumstances over the course of the global pandemic, but have risen to […]

BY: KAM KING, ALUMNI COMMUNICATIONS Tchernavia Montgomery ’08, ’09 has called Charlotte home for more than 20 years, and she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else with her husband William Harold Montgomery III ’03 and their three sons. Her adoration for the Queen City has also allowed her to give back to her community in a […]

UNC Charlotte professor Sonyia Richardson has been named the 2021 Social Worker of the Year by The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC). The NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year Award is an annual award given to a social work professional who has demonstrated commendable social work practice and involvement with NASW […]

Visitors to her office at the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services will sometimes hear Dean Catrine Tudor-Locke before they round the corner leading to her door. She has a laugh that carries. You might also be greeted by the drumbeat of her shoes as they connect with the treadmill under her standing […]

Students at the UNC Charlotte School of Social Work are getting a first-hand look at how voting and democracy relate to their field of study thanks to a new internship. The project, created by emeritus professor Jim Dudley, joins a growing movement of schools of social work across the country identified with the slogan, “Voting […]

A new comprehensive study from UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute, College of Health and Human Services and School of Social Work shows an effective approach to ending chronic homelessness that helps those in need and benefits communities. The Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg initiative, an innovative multi-sector collaboration that’s been working to end chronic homelessness in Charlotte for […]

Each year on Oct. 10, the World Health Organization encourages people across the globe to recognize World Mental Health Day. In 2020, its observation lands with added gravity, as the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest from other sources heighten collective stress. In the midst of these challenges, World Mental Health Day’s goal of […]

Amanda Thomas ’14 agonized as she watched her grandmother endure the profound challenges of living with dementia. “I watched my aunt take on the important role of a caregiver and something in me changed during that time period,” Thomas said. “I knew what I was supposed to do.” In her early 30s and expecting her […]