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.
Sarah Buchanan is the Director of Social Services at the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office (CLO). She has been in this position since July 2016. She has shown a committment to the goal of Grand Challenges #6 and #9, ending homelessness and promoting smart decarceration. Her work also focuses on reducing extreme economic inequality and achieving equal opportunity and justice.
Buchanan has recently completed an article for the journal Social Work that explores how her work at the Community Law Office clearly impacts these areas of social work practice. Her article, written with Roger Nooe, professor emeritis at the College of Social Work, is entitled, Defining Social Work within Holistic Public Defense: Challenges and Implications for Practice.
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