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Innovation Matters

New tools and approaches to social work practice and education from the College of Social Work.

"Innovation Matters" is an annual publication from the College of Social Work at the University of Utah featuring stories of creative ways students and faculty are developing new tools and approaches to social work practice and education.

Check out the 2021 edition here.

Martell Teasley, Dean of the College of Social Work, poses in a suit with his hands in his pockets in front of a "U" statue. A message from the dean

Here in the West, we have seen record high temperatures and raging wildfires, displaced and divided communities and spikes in COVID cases as the Delta variant spreads. The challenges we are facing are varied and demanding, and over the last year, we’ve all been forced to think differently about the world and our place within it. This issue contains stories of my University of Utah colleagues who are continuing to do just that. I invite you to join them; to continue to trouble and evolve your own views; to come together and collaborate—with those within and outside our profession—to address our most pressing issues.

—Martell Teasley, Ph.D., MSW, dean and professor

Two photos are placed side by side. the photo on the left shows a male-presenting person with hiking sticks and a backpack in front of a lake. the photo on the right features a male-presenting person in a hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight over their head, holding a water bottle, standing in the woods.

"Experiencing Nature Virtually Anywhere"

Two professors explore the intersection of technology, nature connectedness and advocacy.

"A Curious Look into the Futures"

Using a futurist framework, Jaehee Yi, Ph.D. and the first cohort of the Social Work Health Futures Lab consider possible futures for the profession.


Headshot of Jaehee Yi, a woman wearing a blazer and white shirt with glasses and shoulder-length dark hair.
Three headshots are placed together, side by side. the far left photo features Troy Bennett, the middle photo features Trina Dickinson, and the far right photo features Emily Salisbury.

"Tailoring a Better Fit for Justice-Involved Girls"

University and community partners work together to create sustainable program improvements for a responsive-support youth program.