Assistant Professor James Huguley started a pilot leadership program aimed at giving Woodland Hills Intermediate School students conflict resolution and peer-mediation skills. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

SSW alumnus Fred Brown has been named president and chief executive of the Forbes Funds. Mr. Brown is a native of Homewood who spent some of his career in Charlotte, N.C., in education and social work jobs. Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Pittsburgh Wage Study Preliminary Findings were presented at a press conference Tuesday, December 5th led by School of Social Work faculty members Jeff Shook, Sara Goodkind, and Ray Engel. Most studies of minimum wage increases focus broadly on effects on employment, inflation, and employers, while relatively little research has examined the effects in the lives of workers and their families. This study aims to remedy that disparity. The initial findings of the multi-year study have shown that following the start of a wage increase to $15 an hour that workers negotiated through their union, low-wage workers while still experiencing hardships, experience them to a lesser degree. For example, after getting paid $15 an hour:

o          The number of workers who reported living paycheck-to-paycheck decreased by 9%

o          38% fewer workers reported having to seek financial help from family and friends

o          28% fewer workers reported hardships like not being able to pay utilities on time;

o          Additionally, fewer workers reported not being able to pay the rent or mortgage on time; having to cut meals, and owing medical debt.

You can read more about the study and follow the continuing media coverage by visiting

Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor Jerry Cochran spoke with WPXI-TV news about the proposal that would force treatment for anyone revived with Narcan.

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Assistant Professor James Huguley gave the keynote address at Providence College's first Multicultural Student Reunion. Read more online.

The School of Social Work’s Pitt-Assisted Communities & Schools collaborated with the Humanities Center to host a nationally-renowned author at Pitt. John Edgar Wideman, a prolific writer who hails from the Homewood community of Pittsburgh, visited as part of a community engagement effort between Pitt and a number of community-based partners. Wideman has written 20-plus books over the last 50 years, a number of which are set in Homewood. As part of his visit, Wideman visited Homewood’s Westinghouse Academy for a conversation with students who had read a sample of his works in their English classes. John Edgar Wideman also participated in a community conversation at the Homewood library, hosted by the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh. 


One highlight of the visit was a special interdisciplinary, cross-boundary conversation between Wideman and students from Pitt and from Westinghouse. The students had all read Wideman’s book, Brother's and Keepers, which is the story of Wideman and his brother Robby. Robby is currently serving a life sentence in a local prison. The Pitt participants were students in a Seminar Composition course and a Social Work course, taught by Dan Kubis and Keith Caldwell, respectively. The high school students were in Marc Stern’s 12th grade AP English class at Westinghouse. Westinghouse students participated as part of a partnership with Pitt-Assisted Communities and Schools, a program that works with schools in Homewood to support enhanced learning opportunities. The conversation between Wideman and the students centered on personal stories, with a discussion of themes in the book related to identity and social justice.

The main event of the visit was a conversation between Wideman and Kubis at the Carnegie Library Main Branch in front of 500 plus members of the Pittsburgh community. The talk is featured as part of the podcast, Being Human, hosted by Dan Kubis, of the Humanities Center. Wideman's visit to Pittsburgh was generously supported by the Humanities Center, the School of Social Work, and various units and faculty members on campus. Wideman's career is being celebrated this year as part of a collective effort by local universities and non-profits, including Duquesne University, Pitt, the Carnegie Public Library, and the Heinz History Center, among others. 

Assistant Professor Jaime Booth conducted a study called Visual Voices which measured the well-being of Latino youth by having them express their feelings through a piece of artwork. Read more in the Pitt News.

MSW alumnus and Marshall University social work professor Philip Carter has been an agent of change for over 50 years. Read more in the Herald-Dispatch.

Dean Larry Davis talks to WESA 90.5 about recent racial incidents at local football games.

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