Social Work Stories & News

Joana Lwin

Opening hearts, opening doors

Joana Lwin’s journey has been anything but easy. Today, through her role as director of Refugee and Immigrant Youth Organization (RIYO) in Waterloo, Iowa, she hopes to take her experiences and pay it forward.
Lexi Gause with Student Leadership Award

How Lexi Gause turns every experience at UNI into a growing opportunity

Lexi Gause, a University of Northern Iowa junior majoring in social work, perfectly exemplifies what a leader should be.
Hillery Oberle, Lexi Gause and Tanya Warren with their awards

UNI leaders recognized at 2023 Women of Persimmon

Three women making a difference at UNI were recognized this week by the YWCA Black Hawk County’s Women of Persimmon awards banquet in Cedar Falls. 
Lexi Gause

UNI student Lexi Gause honored as Newman Civic Fellow

UNI student Lexi Gause is among the 154 New Civic Fellows who make up the 2023-2024 cohort. Gause is a social work major at UNI.
Umar Chohan sitting in armchair, smiling

UNI’s trauma-informed care Master of Social Work program attracts students from across the country

The trauma-informed care specialization for UNI's Master of Social Work is so unique that it brought Umar Chohan all the way from New Jersey to Iowa.
Woman resting chin on hands

2022 Trauma-Informed Care Conference to address trauma across the lifespan

Trauma-Informed Care Conference

The University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Social Work welcomes social service professionals to participate in its 10th annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference.

UNI Campus

UNI boasts top ranking Education, Social Work and Business programs in new report

UNI Campus

Three University of Northern Iowa graduate programs were named among the top graduate programs in the country, according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking.

Belinda Creighton-Smith

Community organizer, UNI instructor reflects on Juneteenth

With the passage of a long-awaited, landmark bill that made Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of African-American slaves shortly after the end of the Civil War, a federal holiday, Inside UNI spoke with local pastor and instructor in the department of social work Belinda Creighton-Smith about the long-celebrated day. Creighton-Smith spoke about the role the murder of George Floyd played in increasing national attention on Juneteenth, the local celebrations planned and the racial issues in society that still need to be addressed. 
UNI graduate Sarah Boury

UNI grad beats the odds and rare condition to graduate

Sarah Joanne Boury overcame huge challenges that few can imagine to walk the stage May 7 for her diploma and to turn the tassle on her graduation cap.

Indeed, the 23-year-old Des Moines, Iowa, native is believed to be the first to graduate from college — having earned a double major — while deaf (using one cochlear implant), breathing with one lung and sustaining herself through a tube-feeding system.UNI student Sarah Boury