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Social Work Newsletter | Fall 2021

From the Director

Charlotte Bright, Professor of Social Work and Director of the School of Social Work, Colorado State University, July 8, 2021As we begin the Fall 2021 semester, words cannot describe how honored I am to have the opportunity to serve as director of Colorado State University’s School of Social Work. I joined the highly skilled and committed staff, faculty, and students of the school on July 1. As I said then, I hope you will find me transparent, trustworthy, and responsive. I will do my best to provide continuity and stability in the school’s areas of strength, and I simultaneously commit to building and growing together.

In particular, I want to underscore my commitment to equity and justice. As a white, cisgender, straight woman, I have a great deal of privilege when it comes to the choice to engage – or not – in challenging oppressive practices and norms. I hope you will find in me someone who will both lead and follow in this work, and who does not have all the answers but is eager to hear about possible solutions to long-standing, entrenched problems. You can learn more about me and my priorities for the school in this CSU Source story.

Finally, I am committed to bringing you opportunities to stay connected with the school over the coming academic year. Our students benefit tremendously from the support of alumni, community partners, and friends of the school. If you are able, I hope you will share your time and talents by engaging with our students or consider making a philanthropic donation to the school’s general fund. To learn more, please explore the “Stay Connected” links below.

I would be very glad to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me at


Charlotte Lyn Bright, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director and Professor

Department Highlights

open gateway in a grassy field at sunrise

College of Health and Human Sciences announces new Gateway Scholarship

CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences has launched a new scholarship fund to address financial barriers for graduate students who need to enroll in preliminary coursework in order to gain provisional admission into Master’s programs.

brenda miles with a bsw student at graduation

BSW program director Brenda Miles retires after 31 years at CSU

Brenda Miles has been recognized as a champion and constant source of support and encouragement for her students. “I have loved teaching,” said Miles. “The reason we are here is to teach students, so that good social workers can change the world.”

Student Success

Shivani Kaushik is a doctoral student in Colorado State University School of Social Work

Doctoral student awarded CSU Office of Vice President for Research fellowship

Shivani Kaushik’s research focuses on end-of-life interventions in correctional settings. She was selected for the fellowship based on her presentation “Dying for a Change: End-of-Life Care in US Corrections.”

csu school of social work msw student devin duncan

MSW student exercises advocacy through restorative justice internship

During her summer internship, MSW student Devin Duncan gained hands-on experience in the field of restorative justice as an intern with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Restorative Justice Program (CURJ), where she practiced advocacy and equity.

colorado state university school of social work bsw student riley smith

BSW student dedicating studies and career to dismantling oppressive systems

CSU School of Social Work BSW student Riley Smith (they/them/theirs) is pursuing a double major in Social Work and Human Development and Family Studies in order to develop their career path around dismantling oppressive systems.

Social Work Research

Elizabeth Kiehne, assistant professor in colorado state university school of social work

Addressing rights, policies, well-being among immigrants in the U.S.

Attitudes about immigrants and a lack of access to legal status can negatively affect a person’s well-being, says Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kiehne. She is currently leading two community-based participatory action research studies that aim to impact macro-oriented social work practice.

csu school of social work assistant professor tiffany jones

Significant percentage of Colorado K-12 students disengaged after going remote

A survey of Colorado mental health professionals in K-12 schools shows that more than 25% of their students became disengaged when they shifted to remote learning due to COVID-19 – and most of those were low-income students or students of color.

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