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Department of Social Work:

Making a difference in
people, families, and communities.

WE ARE WORD CHANGERS!

Features

My experience at UAPB has had a tremendous impact on my personal growth. The university has provided a nurturing environment where I have been able to learn and develop as an individual. I have had the privilege of meeting exceptional peers, professors, and advisors who have been instrumental in shaping my worldview.  Through my internship, I was able to gain valuable experience that could help me in the field. After graduation, I plan to find employment in the social work field. I also plan to further my education and get a master’s in social work at Arkansas State University. Ultimately, my dream is to become a Licensed Master Social Worker.

Ronesha Smith,
Class of 2024

NASW Award

On March 15,2024 during the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Conference Luncheon, the Social Work Department received the Arkansas Chapter Annual School Membership Competition for the most students who are members of NASW. The Social Work Department has also received this award in 2022 and 2023. On March 15,2024 during the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Conference Luncheon, two UAPB instructors were inducted into the NASW Arkansas Hall of Distinguished Leaders.

NASW Inductions

Ms. Felecia Cooper and Ms. Nikki Thornton were nominated by Dr. Tamara Glover and inducted into the NASW Arkansas Hall of Distinguished Leaders. This distinction is selected by the NASW Chapter Board of Directors and Leadership Academy Taskforce and funded by sponsors through NASW Arkansas.

NASW Inductions

The purpose of the NASW Arkansas Leadership Academy is to identify and develop leaders who will act as agents of positive change for the field of social work, their respective agencies and/or organizations, and the communities they serve. As Leadership Academy Fellows, Ms. Cooper and Ms. Thornton will attend all training sessions and fully engage in this program. The program started in February 2023 and ended November 2023.

OUR IMPACT

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Every year the Social Work Department participates in the university’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Food baskets are given to families in need in the community. The department also donates food, clothes, coats, and toys to CASA Women’s Shelter during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Nursing Home Bingo

The Social Work Department has volunteered at the Springs of Pine Bluff Nursing Home and Rehabilitation, playing BINGO with the residents.

TOPPS Volunteering

The Social Work Department has volunteered at Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service (TOPPS), a non-profit organization.

Degree Options

  • Social Work, B.A.
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff