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 David Dupper, Interim Dean

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work:

Mission: Grounded in social justice, we equip professional social workers with the skills needed to serve diverse and vulnerable populations. We build knowledge by conducting groundbreaking research that focuses on solving social problems. We engage with our communities through meaningful service.

Vision: We envision a socially just world that prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable.

Spotlight on LaTamera Woodley and the Grand Challenges for Social Work

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.

LaTamera Woodley is a Planner for the Tennessee Department of Human Services Latamera Woodley She is being named the thirtieth Grand Challenger for Social Work. Throughout her career, LaTamera has focused her efforts on using cutting edge technology to impact clients and their needs. This harnessing of technology for the social good fulfills the goal of Grand Challenge #8.

"I have over 11 years of experience working on data management projects with The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS)," states Woodley. "In this position I serve as a liaison between project managers, business analysts, program users, developers, and various levels of management."


Beyond her work-related responsibilities, LaTamera serves the community and social work profession through a number of leadership positions. She has worked as Board President for the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, as the steering committee treasurer for the Network for Social Work Managers, and is on the board of the National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics.


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