Two College of Social Work MSSW students, Shannon Rosedale and Jenn Christian, participated in the Knoxville Neighborhoods Conference as an outgrowth of community engagement components of the qualitative research on microenvironments work with Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason. Jenn Christian, Graduate Research Assistant and MSSW Candidate, was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the March 7 event. The opportunity developed from a combination of the qualitative research on microenvironments and a community development project she undertook through Dr. Mary Rogge’s Social and Economic Development class.
At the conference, Christian sat on the “Addressing Quality of Life Issues in Public Housing” panel alongside the Montgomery Village Resident Association President, Ronnie Thompson. They presented a door-to-door neighborhood survey that they had conducted in Montgomery Village during November and December of 2014, with the goal of showing Conference participants how they could take up similar surveys in their own neighborhoods.
The city put on a great event, in part through the efforts of another MSSW student, Shannon Rosedale. “My involvement stemmed from working with the Office of Neighborhoods and their Building Stronger Neighborhood Organizations (BSNO) classes last semester,” explained Rosedale. “Planning wise, I was involved in the coordination of contacts/speakers and outreach/advertisement with the youth services in Knoxville. The day of the conference I served as the host/moderator volunteer coordinator which mainly included making sure everyone and thing was set up, in the right place and crisis management.”
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Through the efforts of Associate Professor, Mary Rogge, and MSSW Student Kendra Taylor, the UT College of Social Work teamed up with the American Red Cross, the Knox County Public Health Department and the City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods to provide a Disaster Mental Health and DisABILITY Symposium to inform mental health, social service, and public health professionals of ways they can help their neighbors when disaster strikes.
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