School of Social Work

New website guides potential buyers on environmental risks like wind, floods

A three-bedroom house with a dock is for sale in coastal Lafitte, Louisiana, near a marina and a seafood restaurant, for $160,000, according to a popular real estate app.

What the app doesn’t tell you is that the person who buys that house is likely to face costs of about $6,232 a year due to environmental hazards like wind and rain. And financial assistance from the government after the storm is iffy.

ASU confers degrees upon more than 1,300 Watts College graduates at spring convocation

Festive shouts from families and friends reverberated throughout Desert Financial Arena on May 10 as Arizona State University conferred degrees from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions upon more than 1,300 graduates at the college’s spring 2022 convocation.

The college celebrated the conferring of 814 bachelor’s degrees, 490 master’s degrees and 11 doctoral degrees during the convocation on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Federal appellate judge, 2 Arizona groups honored with Pastor awards for leadership, public service

ASU’s Congressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service bestowed its highest honor on the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently at a ceremony that also marked the debut of a new award honoring public service organizations.

Mary H. Murguia, a member of the 9th Circuit Court since 2010 who has served as its chief judge since 2021, received the Congressman Ed Pastor Public Servant Leadership Award April 22 on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

Social work students visit borderlands to learn about immigration issues, border culture

Textbooks, lectures and news reports can only go so far to describe the migrant experience and the role of those who provide services to this population. What’s often missing is the human perspective — and the empathy one gains from walking on a trail near the Arizona-Sonora border in the literal footsteps of individuals who have traveled this path in hopes of a new life.  

Fully synchronous degree programs in social work to be offered this fall

Responding to the needs of social work students who seek the flexibility of online learning, this fall Arizona State University’s School of Social Work will offer new, fully synchronous online programs leading to master’s and bachelor’s degrees in the field, respectively called MSW LIVE Online and BSW LIVE Online.

BSW LIVE Online will be offered to Arizona residents with the goal of expanding the program’s geographic reach in the future. Meanwhile, MSW LIVE Online will be open to students living both inside and outside Arizona.