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Dean Hairston

This issue of Affirmations provides highlights from two new studies at the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research that focused on persons who provide violence prevention and interruption services in Chicago communities with high levels of gun violence. The studies provide firsthand accounts of who these staff are, their backgrounds, what they do and why, and their on-the-job experiences. Also conveyed is the importance of providing systems of support, including trauma-informed care for persons engaged in violence prevention work. This issue also highlights the extraordinary career of Visiting Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Osei Darkwa, who died in November following a brief illness, and the work of other JACSW faculty, alumni, and students.

Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD
Dean and Professor

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Anthony Sanders

Through a gift to the College’s Diversity Initiatives Fund you can support programs, such as the We Are Men (WAM) program, that advance racial justice and equity at the College and in the social work profession.

“WAM is a group of men who are advocates for policy change and equity for minorities in the local areas we serve. The program has been a safe space for me to grow and learn from other men experiencing similar things, and it has prepared me to lead by example in our community, serve the populations in need, and continue to represent the voices of those who have not been heard. After graduation, I want to start my own private practice with interventions for community violence, where survivors will be able to express themselves through artistic talent, bringing a different perspective for those who have experienced trauma and hardship.” – Anthony Sanders, WAM participant

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PDF version of Affirmations: use the link below to download a PDF of the Spring 2022 Affirmations.