Last updated: 04.21.20
School faculty and staff are working closely with the University, Detroit and other surrounding communities to provide information and to connect individuals to resources at this difficult time. Some things to keep in mind:
- WSU Coronavirus student information page for the status of student resources across campus
- Social Work Academic Advisors and Writing Coaches are available for virtual appointments. Please schedule an appointment by visiting our website for their email or WAMS calendar.
- Student Disability Services will be available for students who may need a new or adjusted accommodation based on the shift to online classes. Please call 313-577-1851 to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Visit the WSU C&IT Cornovirus Student Technology page for information on technology resources and Learn Anywhere resources. Wayne State is exploring ways to support students who do not have access to a computer off-campus or who may have limited connectivity - libraries on campus are working to find resources.
- The W Pantry will remain open but on limited hours (Wednesday's 11 am - 4 pm)
- The Pantry has waived the "twice a month" rule for receiving food
- They are asking students to wait outside the pantry when they arrive and a staff/student worker will come out and give them a pre-packaged bag of food
- Students will have to provide their Access ID to receive the food
Spring 2020 Virtual Classroom to Career Conference Follow-up Resources:
- The Recorded Zoom Session Classroom to Career 2020 Recorded Session and PPT
- NASW-MI licensure resources
- Power-Points Slides and Revised Notes from the Chat
- Grow your professional Social Work identity PDF Document
- Resume Worksheet
- SSW Sample Resume
Although the School of Social Work's building is closed, we are working hard to ensure the safety of all faculty, staff and students and therefore many employees are working off-site. We are still here and available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (313-577-4409) for questions and resources. Please don't hesitate to reach out. List of WSU campus building statuses
This is an unprecedented time in everyone's lives and it is easy to put self-care on the back burner. We encourage you to take a moment and peruse some of the resources below. As Social Work Associate Professor Suzanne Brown and Part-time Faculty member and yoga instructor, Caitlin Brown noted in their recent blog Managing anxiety during the COVID 19 outbreak, "In the end, while we may have little control over our circumstances, we do have control over our responses. Compassion, presence in the moment, altruism, and action align with our social work values, and offer powerful responses to our present circumstances."
- Anxiety & Stress Management Resources for WSU Students
- Psychological resilience through the pandemic
- NASW: Self-Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- USC: How Social Workers Can Prioritize Self-Care in High-Stress Working Environments
- Additional information on COVID-19 prevention tips and symptoms (English, Arabic, Spanish) has been published by the Detroit Health Department.
Supporting our Detroit area community
It is important to all of us as social workers that we contribute to the well-being of the community and support one another during this time. We have launched the following initiatives to assist our fellow Detroiters.
- COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Support Hotline – We have partnered with the College of Nursing and additional WSU departments to offer a hotline service for healthcare workers in Metro Detroit. The goal of this project is to offer support and resources to these front-line healthcare providers to help them through these very demanding times. Hotline services are free, completely confidential, and anonymous. The hotline (1-888-910-1636) is open Monday - Saturday from 5 am - 9 pm. Learn about volunteer opportunities.
- Social Work Warriors In Action Support List - Amid the pandemic, we are making efforts to support agencies and community partners challenged by the consequences of self-quarantine or with limited access to necessities. There are several agencies in need of assistance. We have organized a list of needs that will be updated weekly with new organizations. If your organization is in need of a resource and you would like to be added to the list, please contact Kendra Wells at email@example.com.
- Detroit Community Resource List – The SSW has compiled a list of resources (health, mental health counseling, unemployment, housing, energy, food, water, emergency financial assistance, transportation, child and youth learning, and internet and cell phone services) for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. This will be updated regularly as contacts and resources become available.
- COVID-19 patient improvement and well-being initiative – Activities are being organized with Detroit area hospital partners, local organizations and Social Work students to assemble care packages for those currently in the hospital experiencing loneliness and anxiety. Care packages will include donated items such as books, cell phone chargers and iPads. We are also partnering with local agencies to print and hang artwork in the rooms of those isolated in the hospital.
- COVID-19 mobile testing sites - Social Work students and faculty will have the opportunity to assist in the phone case management portion of the WSU COVID-19 mobile testing site project to help individuals who test positive for COVID-19 manage barriers that arise when isolating themselves and family members.
We encourage you to regularly check this page for updates on resource and volunteer opportunities. Wayne State has established a comprehensive COVID-19 resource page and NASW and NASW-MI have materials online specifically related to social work and COVID-19. We will continue to share information on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages – please follow, like and share.
Students, be sure to check out this page regularly for the latest in Social Work news, student announcements and events.
- BSW senior Rajan Varmon seeks to bring positive change to the WSU community as the new School of Social Work Student Senate rep
- Wayne State public health social workers tackle health inequalities and improve the lives of Detroiters during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Social Work faculty member creates tips and resources for fathering during the COVID-19 crisis
- Apply to serve on the WSU Student Senate
- Social Work faculty encourages students share their COVID-19 experience in brief survey