In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers—alums, faculty, staff, and others—whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
The ninth honoree, Erin Rose, earned her MSSW at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work with a concentration in macro-scaled social work in the areas of environmental policy and justice, community organizing, and administration.
Erin Rose is Co-Founder and Vice-President of Social Equity for ThreeCubed, an organization whose mission is to foster equitable, sustainable futures. Her current work involves the design and implementation of studies targeting energy program impacts on households of low-socioeconomic status. Her background provides the skills necessary to study social justice issues related to household level fuel poverty and access to resources, especially as this impacts persons of vulnerable status.
Erin Rose is a social worker who is fulfilling the Social Work Challenge #7 by creating social responses to a changing environment. The environmental challenges reshaping contemporary societies pose profound risks to human well-being, particularly for marginalized communities. Climate change and urban development threaten health, undermine coping, and deepen existing social and environmental inequities. A changing global environment requires transformative social responses: new partnerships, deep engagement with local communities, and innovations to strengthen individual and collective assets.
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