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Community Matters 2020

A Message from the Dean 

A screen shot of the a video conference with College of Social Work's staff council, with everyone flashing a UIt is ironic that at a time when we are isolating and physically distancing ourselves, it is more apparent than ever that we realize how interconnected we are, and how much stronger we are when we work together.  I am extraordinarily proud of what our team at the University of Utah College of Social Work has accomplished over the last month, as we have rapidly adapted classes, meetings, and events for online venues.  This was—in every way—a team effort, and it would not have been possible without the unflinching commitment of our faculty and staff, as well as the patience and adaptability of our students and stakeholders.  The stories of teamwork featured in this issue of Community Matters demonstrate that the combined talents, expertise, support, and determination of teams is what will continue to drive us forward. 

Take care,

Martell Teasley, PhD, MSW
Dean and Professor


In the Community


Shared Scholarship

U of U Dean on Black History Month: ‘You are responsible for making sure that children understand their history and their culture.’

Dean Martell Teasley, on ABC4 News

Commentary: Family values are needed more than ever in the time of COVID-19

Alumna & Adjunct Professor Kathie Supiano, in The Salt Lake Tribune

Four ways to be an ally for transgender members of our community

PhD Candidate Candice Metzler, in @theU

Opioid addiction can be overcome with mindfulness, study suggests

Associate Dean for Research Eric Garland, in The Los Angeles Times

Here for U

MSW Alumni Ellie Goldberg & Benta Opiyo and Students Cody Lockyer & Char Leary, in @theU

Community Advisory Board Update

Our stellar Community Advisory Board welcomed five new stars in 2019-2020. This year, we were pleased to welcome:

  • Ritvij Gautam, Co-Founder, TryMyUI, Inc.
  • Emogene Hennick-Dunn, LCSW, U of U Hospitals and Clinics-Geriatric Clinic
  • Darlene Schultz, Family Support Program Coordinator, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness
  • Clifton Uckerman, Clinical Program Manager, Altium Health
  • Jessica Waters, Program Manager/Therapist, Salt Lake City Police Department

Thanks to our entire board for sharing their collective knowledge and community perspective in areas of substance misuse, homelessness, telehealth, social justice, and much more. Given the hardships many of our students now face, we are especially grateful for the CAB’s ongoing support of our students through the annual Community Advisory Board Scholarship. 

If you have interest in serving on our CAB, please contact Lisa Himonas for information ( or 801-587-8387).

Last Updated: 4/14/21