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Department of Social Work COVID-19 Updates and Resources

For official University updates and resources, please visit https://www.msudenver.edu/coronavirus-update/


Local, State and Federal Resources FAQ

Click here to access information about local, state and federal resources.

Click here for information about CARES Act funding from the Office of Financial Aid.


Student Resources and Support Services

This email was sent by Will Simpkins, Vice President of Student Affairs, to all MSU Denver students, faculty, and staff on March 23, 2020. It contains information about a multitude of resources and student support services available at this time including the Health Center, Technology Needs, Student Emergency Fund, Student Care Center, Counseling Center, Classroom to Career (C2) Hub, Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA), the Phoenix Center at Auraria, and Collegiate Recovery Community.


Dear Roadrunner Students, Faculty and Staff, 

I hope this email finds you well wherever you are receiving it and that you and your loved ones are safe as we face this unprecedented health crisis together. I am writing to remind you that many of the student support resources we know our community counts on have moved online, ensuring that students still have access to the programs and resources they need to thrive during this time of uncertainty.  Here are a few we want to make sure students know how to utilize:   

  1. With most students at home during Spring Break week, President Janine Davidson will be hosting a student-focused online town hall meeting on Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. to answer your questions. You can watch the meeting online on the University’s livestream page. Please submit your questions in advance to make sure the president can respond to as many as possible at the event.  
  2. The Health Center at Auraria remains open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays. Please call 303-615-9999 for a medical consultation or to schedule an appointment at the center in Plaza 150. Consultations regarding COVID-19 are free of charge. The Health Center also provides an array of clinical services, including mental-health support. 
  3. Technology Needs for Class: If you don’t have a personal device other than a cell phone and/or your cell phone is inadequate for your class requirements, visit msudenver.edu/technology/hardware or call 303-352-7548 to request a device. You may be eligible for the Student Emergency Retention Fund to purchase a computer or secure a loaner from the University. 
  4. The Student Emergency Fund can offer relief for students in dire circumstances so that they can quickly get financial support to pay essential bills and/or obtain necessary supplies. This fund may be of particular value to students who have lost their jobs or work hours due to COVID-19 layoffs. Apply using the link above or call the Student Care Center at 303-615-0006 to speak with a case manager about the process.  
  5. The Student Care Center staff is adept at supporting students through some of life’s most challenging circumstances, including housing insecurity, physical- and mental-health stressors, unemployment and other unmet needs. The center can advise on academic and University options available to students as well. Let them know how they can help you or a classmate by emailing studentcarecenter@msudenver.edu, calling 303-615-0006 or filing a CARE referral. With the Roadrunner Food Pantry currently closed, please contact the MSU Denver Student Care Center if you’re facing food insecurity. In addition to connecting you with community resources such as those offered through Hunger Free Colorado and 2-1-1, the center can offer financial support for purchasing groceries and/or determine your eligibility for a no-cost meal-delivery serviceThe Care Center will also continue to bring Mobile Food Pantries to campus, including one tomorrow from 9-11 a.m. (or while supplies last) that will be distributing pre-made boxes of supplies from the Auraria Campus Walnut Lot. All MSU Denver students in need are eligible to pick up food, and you can drive or walk up, as social distancing measures will be in place. Check the Roadrunner Food Pantry website for additional resources. 
  6. Counseling Center: During this period of social isolation, we realize the importance of human connection and attending to our mental health more than ever. Mental-health support (therapy) is available virtually to students through the University’s Counseling Center. To connect with a therapist please call 303-615-9902 and leave a message with your name, telephone number and 900#. For urgent after-hours and weekend needs, call the University’s mental-health crisis line at 303-615-9911 to speak with a trained professional. 
  7. The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is available to support your job search needs. We are working to incorporate new job postings into the Career Link database. Career Lab is also going virtual as of Monday, March 23! The lab will be open on reduced hours next week (1-3 p.m. Monday, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. Thursday), but more information on extended hours will be available March 30. To schedule a virtual appointment, email C2Hub@msudenver.edu
  8. Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA) is prepared to assist you virtually, including programming for First-Gen InitiativesImmigrant Services and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center. Please email cesa@msudenver.edu or visit the CESA website for more information. 
  9. The Phoenix Center at Auraria is offering a full range of services while campus operates remotely. Schedule an appointment for Zoom or telephone, contact an advocate, or visit their social media for info on Sexual Assault Awareness Month or other activities. The helpline is open 24/7 at 303-556-2255. 
  10. Collegiate Recovery Community continues to offer peer-to-peer connection, resources, activities and sober fun for anyone who needs assistance. Meetings are Monday/Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Zoom. Monday’s meeting ID is 603 672 201 and Thursday’s meeting ID is 245 022 889. The password for both sessions is ARC. For immediate support, contact the Auraria after-hours crisis line at 303-615-9911 or text TALK to 38255. For more information, email recoverycommunityinfo@gmail.com

Please use spring break week to get some rest. Look out for yourselves, your personal, physical and mental health, and each other, and know that we’re still here to support you!  

Sincerely,  

-Will

Will Simpkins, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Jordan Student Success Building, Suite 330

vpstudentaffairs@msudenver.edu 

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Pronouns: He/Him/His


Student Emergency Retention Fund

If you are unable to pay your bills, you may be eligible for the Student Emergency Retention Fund. Review the qualifications to receive a stipend, fill out the application, and a case manager from the Student Care Center will follow up to discuss your situation.

Please note the Dean of Students Office are dispersing funds as funds are available for individuals whose situation meets the fund guidelines. If you would like to discuss your circumstances, please contact the Student Care Center by calling 303-615-0006, emailing studentcarecenter@msudenver.edu or filing a CARE Referral.

You can connect with 2-1-1 (web-based resources, virtual live-chat or dial 2-1-1 by phone) to discuss available options in your area as well.


The Department of Social Work's physical offices are currently closed. We are working remotely and are ready to support you via email, over the phone, or by Zoom video conferencing.

If you need assistance, please call us at 303-615-0555 and leave a voicemail. We will be checking the voicemail every hour during business hours and responding to messages. Once we connect with you over the phone, we can switch to a Zoom conversation if you wish.

You can also feel free to also reach out to us via email:

Take care,

Department of Social Work Faculty & Staff


Official Departmental Communications


Dear Social Work Students,

Hope you are hanging in there as we get closer to the end of the semester. See below for some encouraging messages from your faculty!


Department of Social Work Graduation Events

We are happy to let you know that we have partnered with a company to bring you a virtual graduation celebration. While we are still waiting to hear what the University will announce in terms of commencement at the end of the calendar year, we have been working with Herff Jones to organize a virtual ceremony for social work students. Please save the date for these virtual events and look for an email from them next week. They will ask you for a personalized graduation message along with a photo (and there will be a strict due date).

  • BSSW Senior Celebration: Sunday, May 31st at 12 PM
  • MSW Virtual Hooding Ceremony: Sunday, May 31st at 2PM

You will be able to invite your family and friends to view the streaming video. The length of the video will depend on the number of graduates submitting profiles and the length of the segments. Since we have never done this before, we are not totally sure what to expect! But, we are excited to be able to celebrate graduating students in some way and we’ve put together some fun surprises. The video will be available after the initial “live” event for some time and somewhere….(see, we are figuring this out as we go). =)  As we have more details, we will bring them to you. For now, save the date/time and share it with your family and friends. Also, be on the look out for that email from the service sometime next week. Note – it will not come from an MSU Denver email.


Honors Recognition

We have been working on a special website to honor Social Work Student Awards recipients, Workforce Stipend recipients, Phi Alpha Honor Society members, and Social Work Scholarship recipients. More to come on this, but we anticipate that website will be up on May 22nd.


Job & Career Guidance

For social work students graduating this May, the job search is bound to look very different than anticipated. Employers and MSU Denver are beginning to respond to these challenges. We have added a Job and Career Guidance area to our website. We anticipate this will grow quickly and will add opportunities to our website, so check back often.

  • Featured Opportunity! Arapahoe County Job Rush: Job Rush aims to provide a realistic overview of the positions within Arapahoe County Child and Adult Protection Services in a conversational group setting (on Zoom) as the first step in their hiring process. Please see the following flyer for more information: Arapahoe County Job Rush Flyer
  • Bookmark the Department of Social Work Jobs & Career Guidance Page here: www.msudenver.edu/socialwork/jobsandcareerguidance  (Psst. Some updates are coming to this page soon, so check back).

2020-21 School Year and Financial Aid

Please download this resource prepared by MSU Denver’s Office of Financial Aid: Financial Aid Emergency Resources. If you are a continuing student, at the graduate or undergraduate level, it is SO important you fill out the FAFSA or the DREAMER application. I cannot stress this enough! The most important reason is so that funders can find you! In many cases, this can mean free money for your tuition and fees. For example, our MSW Program has money for Need Based Scholarships. If our students don’t have a FAFSA or DREAMER application on file, we cannot find you to assess if you are eligible for the award. Most funders function the exact same way. Plus, there may be additional federal funding for students based on need. So, fill out the application and you will be setting yourself up for success!


Graduate Exam & Professional Certification/Licensure Program

The Student Travel Program is pleased to announce the launch of a new financial resource for MSU Denver students. This new student fee funded program is designed to assist MSU Denver students looking to further their education and career preparation by covering the cost of graduate school entrance exams and certification or licensure exams/courses. Students are eligible to receive up to $400 to help pay for their exam or certification/licensure course. In order to apply for funding, students must complete the online proposal form located here:https://roadrunnerlink.msudenver.edu/submitter/form/start/403483. The program is open to all students (undergraduate and graduate) and all majors. For more information about the program please contact Dave Bourassa, dbourass@msudenver.edu. More information about the program will be added to the Student Travel Program website over the next couple of weeks. The program is currently live and accepting proposals. 

 

Amy K Middleton, MS | Director
Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration, and Finance

pronouns: she/her/hers

Why Do I Have My Pronouns Listed?

Department of Social Work| College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Central Classroom 206 Suite B
Campus Box 70 P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Direct Line: 303-615-0855
Main Line: 303-615-0555
www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Dear Social Work Students,

I hope this email finds you safe and well. While this email is long, I hope it is helpful to you and your peers. It is filled to the brink with information on academic policy and student support services. As with all official communication from our Department, this email will be saved on our COVID-19 resource page here: https://www.msudenver.edu/socialwork/about/coronavirussocialworkupdates/

And here’s a little hello to all of you….from all of us. We are wearing blue for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. Check out our social media pages for more information about how you can get involved.

Image of Department of Social Work faculty and staff on a Zoom call waving to camera 

Image of Department of Social Work faculty and staff on a Zoom call waving to camera


Department of Social Work’s Response to University Policy Changes

Summer Moving Online: All undergraduate and graduate social work courses are now in an online format. Since this is the norm for summer semester social work classes, there was very little to do to adjust one hybrid class in the graduate program. Undergraduate students enrolled in SWK1600 Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility may be concerned about the required agency work associate with that class. The teaching team is working on flexible solutions and we will be able to accommodate any possible extended stay at home and social distancing orders. If you have any questions about the courses you are registered for summer, please reach out to your OSWSS or faculty advisor.

Pass/Fail Option, Withdrawing, and Incompletes: In addition to the resources the University has put together (located here: https://www.msudenver.edu/coronavirus-update/) the Department of Social Work has created the following FAQ: Dept. of SWK Spring 2020 Pass/Fail, Withdrawal, and Incomplete FAQ


Student Support Services

  • Please make sure to bookmark these resource pages and check back often:
  • Access to the Emergency Funding application can be found on both COVID-19 resources pages and the direct link is here: https://www.msudenver.edu/student-care-center/msudenverstudentemergencyfund/
    Several donors recently contributed to this fund. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please do not hesitate to apply for this funding. Your advisor in the Office of Social Work Student Services is happy to answer your questions about this process.

  • GITA Mini Grants: Each year GITA awards about $10,000 in mini-grant funds to students who have completed 60 or more credit hours and who demonstrate significant financial need and who otherwise might have a hard time paying for college. The application for the grant for the 2020/21 academic year just opened!  There is no essay requirement!  However, students will need to consult with an advisor/coach to complete the Path to Graduation form. Please see the following flyer for more details: GITA Guaranteed to Succeed Mini Grant Flyer
  • Ready to Run Grant (undergraduate students only): Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in Spring or Summer 2020 will be  automatically entered to win one of 500 prizes for $500 each when they enroll in 6 or more credit hours in Fall 2020 by April 30. See the following flyer for more information: Ready to Run Grant Quick Facts
  • First Generation Initiatives: Check out their website to include great resources, including Financial Building Blocks virtual sessions, resources for online learning, and resources for undocumented communities.

  • Laptops Still Available! If you are a social work student and do not have access to a computer, please request one here: Social Work Student Laptop Request
    The Office of Social Work Student Services, Finance, and Administration(OSWSS) is currently working with the students who have made a request and they should have their laptops soon.

  • King Soopers or Safeway Gift Cards Still Available!  Social Work students may request $50 or $100 grocery store gift cards here: Grocery Gift Card Request
    The Office of Social Work Student Services, Finance and Administration team will approve these requests for as long as funding is available. It is okay to ask for a second gift card. While we will need to report all gift cards to MSU Denver’s Accounting Services, we will ensure only “need to know” personnel know of these requests. It  is also possible the gift cards would need to be included on your 2020 taxes, however this is not typically the case for small amounts. Please do not hesitate to request a grocery gift card if it can help you. We are more than happy to offer this to our students and we hope you will utilize the resource.

  • Teams to Connect with Peers, Faculty and Staff: While the Department of Social Work will continue to use Zoom with added security measures, Teams is another platform available and free for students, faculty, and staff. Visit this site to learn more: https://www.msudenver.edu/technology/onlineready/teams/

  • Continue to check our COVID-19 page often. We are continually adding University and Community resources to that page.

Job & Career Guidance

For social work students graduating this May, the job search is bound to look very different than anticipated. Employers and MSU Denver are beginning to respond to these challenges. We will soon be adding a Job and Career Guidance area to our website. Below you will find the resources we know about so far. We anticipate this will grow quickly and will add opportunities to our website.

  • Bookmark the Classroom 2 Career Hub Career Services and explore their resources as they develop and become available https://www.msudenver.edu/career/ The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is available to support your job search needs. We are working to incorporate new job postings into the Career Link database. Career Lab is also going virtual as of Monday, March 23! The lab will be open on reduced hours next week (1-3 p.m. Monday, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. Thursday), but more information on extended hours will be available March 30. To schedule a virtual appointment, email C2Hub@msudenver.edu

  • CMD Virtual Career Fair for Colorado Social Workers, - running now through April 9th.

  • Arapahoe County Job Rush: Job Rush aims to provide a realistic overview of the positions within Arapahoe County Child and Adult Protection Services in a conversational group setting (on Zoom) as the first step in their hiring process. Flease see the following flyer for more information: Arapahoe County Job Rush Flyer

  • Bookmark the Department of Social Work Jobs & Career Guidance Page here: www.msudenver.edu/socialwork/jobsandcareerguidance  It’s not up and running just yet, but will be soon!

Social Work Community Zoom Room

To create additional opportunities to connect, we are launching the Social Work Community Zoom Room. Faculty and administrators from the Social Work Leadership team will be there along with advisors from the OSWSS team. This is a space to get together, ask questions, or simply just be together, connect and share ideas around self-care during this time. We hope to see you there! We will continue to offer these as long as there is a need.

If you don’t have a Zoom account yet, sign up for a free basic account here: zoom.us  


We are here for you!

The Department is here for you. The faculty and staff are committed to building a path from here to the end of the semester. It may be a (very) different path than the one we intended, but we will walk it together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your faculty, your OSWSS advisor (Claire or Liz), your faculty advisor,  and/or a member of the Field Team.

  • MSW students can reach Claire Alfus by emailing msw@msudenver.edu
  • BSSW students can reach Liz De La Rosa by emailing bssw@msudenver.edu   
  • General field and Sonia database questions can be directed to email field@msudenver.edu and all placement questions to your Field Navigator.
  • You can still request an advising appointment by calling the front desk 303-615-0555 or setting one up through SSC Navigate. Advising is available on the phone, Zoom, or Teams.

 

Amy K Middleton, MS | Director
Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration, and Finance

pronouns: she/her/hers

Why Do I Have My Pronouns Listed?

Department of Social Work| College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Central Classroom 206 Suite B
Campus Box 70 P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Direct Line: 303-615-0855
Main Line: 303-615-0555
www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Dear Students, Agency Partners and Faculty Field Liaisons,

We hope this finds you healthy and doing well amidst what we know has been a turbulent time in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. As you return from spring break and begin to plan for the end of the semester and wrapping up your field placement, we wanted to share some important information.


Opportunities for Remote Learning

We recognize that various changes to many agencies’ operations have shifted the nature of student learning activities in recent weeks. In order to support students’ continued learning remotely, our Office of Field Education is providing the attached resources and offerings:

We encourage students to utilize these resources as they discuss any changes to their Learning Agreement with Agency Supervisor(s) and Faculty Field Liaisons (FFL).


Reduction in Field Placement Hours

Per the email communication sent from our Field Office on March 24th, students may be eligible to complete a reduced number of field hours (400 hours for BSSW & Foundation year students; 500 hours for MSW Concentration/Advanced Standing students) and move forwards with completing their spring semester field evaluation as they reach this number. Students who would like to consider this option must first consult with their Agency Supervisor(s) and FFL to determine if this is an approved option and to make a plan to implement this.

Students must abide by the following guidelines in order to be approved to reduce their hours:

  • Discuss with their Agency Supervisor(s) how and when they will ethically terminate with their clients and transfer agency responsibilities.
    • MSU Denver places a high value on the importance of terminating the field experience with integrity.  It is encouraged that students engage in a conversation with their Agency Supervisor(s) and their FFL about attention to all aspects of the termination process.
  • Have demonstrated proficiency in all required field competencies before ending their field placement.
  • Discuss with their Agency Supervisor(s) and their MSU Denver FFL if they can successfully complete all field requirements with the modified hours or if more time is required to demonstrate competency.
  • Receive a passing final field evaluation and be on track to earn a passing grade in field seminar before ending their field placement.

Spring Semester Field Evaluation

One of the final tasks for students to complete with their field placement is the spring semester Field Evaluation! The field evaluation is now accessible in the Sonia field database under the Forms tab. Completed evaluations must be submitted by Friday, May 1st, 2020.

Students should reference evaluation instructions here. Agency Supervisors can access evaluation instructions here. Faculty Field Liaisons can access evaluation instructions here.

As a reminder, there are four distinct steps to completing the evaluation in Sonia:

  1. Student completes self-evaluation

    Students must complete their self-evaluation in Sonia no later than April 20th to allow agency supervisor(s) ample time to complete the agency portion and schedule the evaluation conference.

  2. Agency completes field evaluation

    After students have completed their self-evaluation, both the Field Instructor and Task Supervisor (if applicable) will access the evaluation and enter their ratings. If there are multiple supervisors (a Task Supervisor and a Field Instructor), the form must be completed together. If the supervisors are in different locations, one supervisor should take the initiative to complete the form and click “Save Draft” on the form, then alert the other supervisor to review it and make suggested edits.

  3. Evaluation conference and form submission

    The most important part of this process is the evaluation conference which must be completed before the supervisors can submit. The evaluation conference is where each student meets with their supervisor(s) to review the evaluation and discuss strengths and areas for growth. In light of current social distancing requirements, we recommend completing the evaluation conference virtually using Zoom/Skype/phone/etc. The supervisor(s) will submit the evaluation back to you for your final review.

    Click “Student Final Submit” when the evaluation is complete, which will notify the FFL that the evaluation is ready for grading. The evaluation must be submitted to the FFL for grading no later than May 1st, 2020.

  4. Faculty Field Liaison review and grading

    Once the FFL has reviewed and graded the field evaluation, students will see a “4 out of 4 steps completed” message on the evaluation indicating that it is complete. 

If you have any questions about the evaluation or information contained in this email, please contact your Faculty Field Liaison or our Office of Field Education at field@msudenver.edu.

Best wishes,

The Field Office

 

Krystal Gutierrez, MSW | Field Education Coordinator
Social Work Department
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 70, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
303-605-5729 (office)
Kgutie13@msudenver.edu | www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Dear Social Work Students,

I hope this email finds you well during these very difficult times. As we settle into Spring Break, we are working hard as a Department to fully transition all classes online and develop and expand as many student support systems as we can to help our social work campus community. If you are in a field placement, you have now received communication from the Office of Field Education as to the next steps. I know we share the same welcoming news of reduced required hours as one major support tool for the semester. This email will summarize other ways the Department can support you during this time.


A Look Ahead to Summer and Fall

The Department of Social Work traditionally offers all summer classes in an online format. We find this works best with students’ busy summer schedules. For summer 2020, this approach will also allow us buffer time in-between Spring and Fall semesters just in case social distancing and stay and home mandates run into early summer. We plan to offer summer classes just as originally designed before the COVID-19 crisis. The MSW Program has one hybrid offering for summer. If you are registered for that hybrid Legal Issues class, we will stay in touch. The class can easily be adjusted to work around any necessary mandates.

We are looking forward to running both our  face-to-face and online classes in Fall semester and we encourage you to register for your ideal schedule. We are all in this together. We will support you and problem solve anything we can’t foresee as it comes up, but at this time we feel optimistic about that fresh start and seeing many of you on campus.


Student Support Services

  • You should have received an email from Dr. Simpkins yesterday outlining several university level supports. In that email, he invited you to a student-focused online town hall meeting on Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. to answer your questions. 
    You can watch the meeting online on the University’s livestream page. Please submit your questions in advance to make sure the president can respond to as many as possible at the event.  If you missed Dr. Simpkins email, the resources are listed on our COVID-19 page (link below).
  • Please make sure to bookmark these resource pages and check back often:
  • Access to the Emergency Funding application can be found on both COVID-19 resources pages and the direct link is here: https://www.msudenver.edu/student-care-center/msudenverstudentemergencyfund/
    Several donors recently contributed to this fund. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please do not hesitate to apply for this funding. Your advisor in the Office of Social Work Student Services is happy to answer your questions about this process.
  • If you are a social work student and do not have access to a computer, please request one here: Social Work Student Laptop Request
    The Office of Social Work Student Services, Finance, and Administration(OSWSS) is currently working with the students who have made a request and they should have their laptops before the end of Spring Break.
  • NEW! King Soopers or Safeway Gift Cards Social Work students may request $50 or $100 grocery store gift cards here: Grocery Gift Card Request
    The Office of Social Work Student Services, Finance and Administration team will approve these requests for as long as funding is available. While we will need to report all gift cards to MSU Denver’s Accounting Services, we will ensure only “need to know” personnel know of these requests. It  is also possible the gift cards would need to be included on your 2020 taxes, however this is not typically the case for small amounts. Please do not hesitate to request a grocery gift card if it can help you. We are more than happy to offer this to our students and we hope you will utilize the resource.

Social Work Community Zoom Room (more added!)

To create additional opportunities to connect, we are launching the Social Work Community Zoom Room. Faculty and administrators from the Social Work Leadership team will be there along with advisors from the OSWSS team. This is a space to get together, ask questions, or simply just be together, connect and share ideas around self-care during this time. We hope to see you there! We will continue to offer these as long as there is a need.

If you don’t have a Zoom account yet, sign up for a free basic account here: zoom.us  


We are here for you!

The Department is here for you. The faculty and staff are committed to building a path from here to the end of the semester. It may be a (very) different path than the one we intended, but we will walk it together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your faculty. Know that they may be taking some time during Spring Break to recharge and be ready to go next week, but reach out. You can also reach out to your OSWSS advisor (Claire or Liz), your faculty advisor, a member of the Field Team, and your course faculty.

  • MSW students can reach Claire Alfus by emailing msw@msudenver.edu
  • BSSW students can reach Liz De La Rosa by emailing bssw@msudenver.edu   
  • General field and Sonia database questions can be directed to email field@msudenver.edu and all placement questions to your Field Navigator.
  • You can still request an advising appointment by calling the front desk 303-615-0555 or setting one up through SSC Navigate. Advising is available on the phone, Zoom, or Teams.

 

Amy K Middleton, MS | Director
Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration, and Finance

pronouns: she/her/hers

Why Do I Have My Pronouns Listed?

Department of Social Work| College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Central Classroom 206 Suite B
Campus Box 70 P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Direct Line: 303-615-0855
Main Line: 303-615-0555
www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Dear Social Work Students,

We hope that you and yours are all taking good care in this difficult time. The Office of Field Education has been tracking most recent updates and is trying to make informed decisions regarding how to move forward with field education as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. As you are aware, the MSU Denver Department of Social Work has moved to an online delivery model for all classes. We hope your classes are going well.

Moving forward, this is how we are supporting students:

  1. Continued implementation of MSU Denver Field Education Plan for Interruption of Field Placement Due to National or Local Events
  2. Implement a Reduction of Student Hour Requirement

We have already sent out communications regarding our Plan for Interruption of Field Placement Due to National or Local Events to both students and agency partners. You can also download it here for further reference: Interruption of Field Policy . We encourage you to continue to plan with your supervisors and MSU Denver Faculty Field Liaisons (FFL’s) regarding students’ remote learning agreements as necessary.

In collaboration with communications from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the impact of COVID-19 related agency closures and students’ ability to be involved in their field placements, we will reduce the required field hours for current field placements to CSWE minimums.

Out of respect to each student’s unique circumstance under this difficult situation, students may be able to complete the requirements for field placement through a reduced number of total hours that ensures students meet the minimum criteria set forth by CSWE.  In order to be considered for this option the following must be met:

  • BSSW Year Students: 400 Hours total (original MSU Denver requirements= 480 hours)
  • MSW Foundation Year Students: 400 Hours total (original MSU Denver requirements= 480 hours)
  • MSW Concentration / Advanced Standing Year Students: 500 hours total (original MSU Denver requirements= 600 hours)

Additionally, students must:

  • Discuss with their Agency Supervisor(s) how and when they will ethically terminate with their clients and transfer agency responsibilities.
    • MSU Denver places a high value on the importance of terminating the field experience with integrity.  It is encouraged that students engage in a conversation with their Agency Supervisor(s) and their FFL about attention to all aspects of the termination process.
  • Have demonstrated proficiency in all required field competencies before ending their field placement.
  • Discuss with their Agency Supervisor(s) and their MSU Denver FFL if they can successfully complete all field requirements with the modified hours or if more time is required to demonstrate competency.
  • Receive a passing final field evaluation and a passing grade in field seminar before ending their field placement. To facilitate this, the spring semester field evaluations will be available in Sonia beginning Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 (Please note that the Spring Learning Agreement/ Evaluation will not be available in Sonia March 23rd and March 24th while the form is being updated.)

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We hope that amidst all that is going on right now that you can take some time off this week for spring break to rest and recharge.  Thank you for your willingness to adopt changes in this ever-evolving period. Sending you all wishes for good health and well-being.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jess Retrum, Chair, Dept. of Social Work, jhaxton1@msudenver.edu and

Susie Ryder, LCSW, LAC, Director of Undergraduate & Graduate Field Education, sryder@msudenver.edu 

 

Office of Field Education | Department of Social Work

College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver
PO Box 173362 Campus Box 70, Denver, CO 80217-3362
303-615-0555 (main office)
303-625-2055 (direct line)
field@msudenver.edu | www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Dear Social Work Students,

We hope you are doing well and are reaching out today with some news and additional resources we have added to support you during this time. Please read this entire email as it has a lot of good information.


We are here for you!

First, we want you to know that we are here. While not in our physical offices on campus, we are adapting and available to you for advising and support. You can reach out to your OSWSS advisor (Claire or Liz), your faculty advisor, a member of the Field Team, and your course faculty.

  • MSW students can reach Claire Alfus by emailing msw@msudenver.edu
  • BSSW students can reach Liz De La Rosa by emailing bssw@msudenver.edu   
  • General field and Sonia database questions can be directed to email field@msudenver.edu and all placement questions to your Field Navigator.
    Please watch for an important message from Office Field Education that will be coming very soon.
  • You can still request an advising appointment by calling the front desk 303-615-0555 or setting one up through SSC Navigate. Advising is available on the phone, Zoom, or Teams.

Social Work Community Zoom Room

To create additional opportunities to connect, we are launching the Social Work Community Zoom Room. Both Liz and Claire will join the Zoom room along with faculty and administrators from the Social Work Leadership team. This is a space to get together, ask questions, or simply just be together, connect and share ideas around self-care during this time. We hope to see you there and we will announce more opportunities in the next week.

If you don’t have a Zoom account yet, sign up for a free basic account here: zoom.us  


Social Work End of Year Events Update

We were so disappointed to learn the University has made the difficult decision to postpone Spring Commencement. With a heavy heart, the Department of Social Work will also cancel the End of Year Events as originally planned. This includes: BSSW Student Celebration, Honors Luncheon, and MSW Pinning and Hooding. With that said, please rest assured we will develop a new way to celebrate you. While this may initially be a virtual recognition, we are committed to finding a time to host a celebratory event when is safe to do so. Stay tuned as this develops and, once we understand our options a bit more clearly, we will certainly be reaching out for student input.

We will still be selecting Student Award and Faculty Award recipients. This is a great opportunity to highlight and honor our outstanding social work students, recipient’s will receive a $250 Amazon gift card via email. All nominations are due by Friday, April 3rd at 8:00am. Learn more at: https://msudenver.edu/socialwork/programscurriculum/studentawards/.

MSW Students - Keep your eyes peeled for the end of year Capstone Contest.

Caps and Gowns: Vendor Herff Jones  has confirmed unopened caps and gowns may be returned for a full refund. Read this Early Bird story for details: https://www.msudenver.edu/early-bird/2020/3/18-commencement.shtml
Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions by emailing msw@msudenver.edu


We want to hear from you!

As we make these big transitions, we want to know how you are doing. That’s why we are reminding you that your advisors and faculty are here. You may have something on your mind and you are thinking it’s not something you should ask of your University. Rest assured, we want you to ask. We want to connect with you and we want to hear how you are doing. In that vein, we have created a survey to ask you about your technology accessibility. We are evaluating our departmental funds and university resources to determine if we can purchase laptops to Social Work students who do not have a working computer. While we research logistics around this, please complete the following survey to put yourself on the list if you are in need of a laptop. We will stay in communication with you as we learn more.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey: Social Work Student Laptop Request


Stay Informed

Bookmark these pages to stay on top of the  latest information and resources:

 

Amy K Middleton, MS | Director
Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration, and Finance

pronouns: she/her/hers

Why Do I Have My Pronouns Listed?

Department of Social Work| College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Central Classroom 206 Suite B
Campus Box 70 P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Direct Line: 303-615-0855
Main Line: 303-615-0555
www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Good morning Social Work students,

I hope you are able to find some time to rest and recharge over the weekend. Please know that the entire campus community is here to support you and do not hesitate to reach out to us.

I am forwarding the email President Davidson sent last night about a change in plans for the week (see below). As of today, there will be no on-campus classes. Please connect with your faculty member if you are unsure of the plan for any of your classes for the week. Many Social Work faculty have already made the switch to online, and you should be able to find those classes in Blackboard. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Your team of faculty and advisors are available to support every student through this transition.

The Department of Social Work faculty and staff are currently working to modify our plans for a physical presence in our Central Classroom Offices. There are staff in the offices this morning, however we are working swiftly to ensure all of our support and services can be offered to you from our remote locations. Below you will find a list of ways to contact us:

  • Advising or General Support Needs (or if you are not sure who to ask)
  • Field Placement Questions and Support
    • All students can email field@msudenver.edu
    • All students can call 303-615-2055 (phones can be answered remotely and voicemail is being checked every hour during business hours)
  • Department of Social Work faculty and staff Contact List can be located here: https://www.msudenver.edu/socialwork/facultystaff/

The Department of Social Work has updated our website to include the latest communication and resources regarding COVID-19. The new site is here: https://www.msudenver.edu/socialwork/about/coronavirussocialworkupdates/

 

Amy K Middleton, MS | Director
Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration, and Finance

pronouns: she/her/hers

Why Do I Have My Pronouns Listed?

Department of Social Work| College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Central Classroom 206 Suite B
Campus Box 70 P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Direct Line: 303-615-0855
Main Line: 303-615-0555
www.msudenver.edu/socialwork


Dear Roadrunner Community,

I am writing to let you know that beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16, there will be no in-person, on-campus classes for MSU Denver students. However, online classes will continue and the campus will remain open for limited operations. We believe this action will best support our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining social distance, and it will allow our faculty and staff more time to effectively prepare for the March 30 deadline to transition to online course delivery for the remainder of the semester. 

Students: Please contact your instructors and other faculty members with any questions or concerns you might have, and please check your email frequently. Many faculty have already transitioned to remote course delivery while others are in the middle of this process and will soon be finished. During this time, we also encourage you to check the University’s COVID-19 website and social media for regular updates. The MSU Denver community of faculty, staff and administrators are here for you!
 
Staff and Administrators: On Friday, we also announced a liberal remote-work policy that allows for appropriate social distancing to support the health and wellness of our employees, while still fulfilling the MSU Denver mission. We encourage you to work with your supervisor tomorrow to determine next steps as we strive to further limit our overall on-campus presence in the coming week.

I want to thank everyone for your ongoing patience as we continue to manage and respond to COVID-19. This is an unprecedented situation for our community and the world and no one has all of the answers. But the efforts of our staff, faculty and students during these extraordinary times have been remarkable and I could not be prouder.

Know that the University is committed to placing the health, safety and well-being of our people first. Please continue to take care of yourselves, your families and each other during the coming weeks as we face these challenges together.

Sincerely,

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
President

 

Hello,

In light of the changes occurring to minimize students, faculty and staff exposure to COVID-19 and to align better with Fall 2020 registration we are expediting our Cycle II HRSA applicant timeline. These changes will help us support students in the selection of courses for the Fall 2020 semester and give the field placement process a bit of extra time to support awarded students, ultimately allowing us to support you better as we prepare for the 2020-21 academic year.

The revised date is March 20, 2020, by 5 pm. We recognize the potential burden this might cause students who are applying for the HRSA BHWET General Stipend Program, therefore, we are eliminating our requirement for letters of recommendation

WHO CAN APPLY?

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for the HRSA BHWET Stipend Program for the 2020-2021 academic year:

  • Current MSW Program students or MSW Advanced Standing Program applicants who will be in their concentration year placement of the MSW Program in the 2020-2021 academic year and are in good academic standing.
  • Students completing their concentration field placement in a HRSA-eligible agency, which must include:
    • A focus on clinical work and/or direct services with populations across the lifespan, AND,
    • Interprofessional learning experiences (learning experiences among a group of two or more professions/disciplines).

STUDENT OBLIGATIONS:

Applicants who are offered and accept the HRSA General Stipend Program must:

  • **MSU Denver students must enroll in a HRSA-designated field course**
  • Successfully complete all required MSW coursework
  • Successfully complete the required field placement at a HRSA-eligible agency
  • Attend and participate in the HRSA General Integrative Care Program's monthly, interprofessional training seminar program
    • The monthly seminars are NOT for course credit and are REQUIRED
  • Agree to fulfill the post-graduation employment commitment:
    • 12-months full-time (or two positions part-time) employment in Colorado at a HRSA-eligible agency

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Complete the HRSA BHWET Stipend Application and submit it by 5:00 PM, Friday, March 20, 2020

Applications must be submitted online. Click here to access the application. You must include the following when submitting your application:

  1. 1-2 page Resume - UPDATED and including education and work/volunteer experience
  2. Typed Cover Letter - including a brief statement explaining your interest in the stipend program; a summary of experiences and strengths you bring to the mental and behavioral health field, specifically in working with populations across lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas; and a brief statement of anything else you would like the selection committee to consider.
  3. Essay Questions-  Please TYPE your responses to the Essay Questions - HRSA General Integrative Care Stipend 2020-2021
  4. Agency Verification Form- If you have a confirmed placement please complete this form to ensure your 2020-2021 field placement meets HRSA criteria.

HRSA Scholar Selection Process:

  • Only completed applications will be reviewed by the HRSA Scholar Selection Committee.
  • All applicants will be notified of their application status via email.
  • Candidates will be invited via email to complete a Zoom interview with the HRSA Scholar Selection Committee.
  • Interviews will be scheduled March 23rd  - 25th via zoom 
  • Interviews will last approximately 10-12 minutes per candidate.

For more information about the Stipend Program click here. If you have questions about the stipend please contact Guadalupe Vargas, HRSA Grant Coordinator at gvargas7@msudenver.edu

Take care,

Guadalupe “Lupe” Vargas, MSW | HRSA Grant Coordinator
Grant Service | Department of Social Work

College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver
PO Box 173362 Campus Box 70, Denver, CO 80217-3362
303-615-0555 (main office)
303-605-7011 (direct line)
gvargas7@msudenver.edu | www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Hello Social Work Students,

In light of MSU Denver’s communication about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and out of an abundance of caution, the Office of Social Work Student Services will begin scheduling advising appointments solely via phone, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams (virtual collaboration tools) from this point forward. If you already have an in-person advising appointment scheduled, we will be contacting you shortly to switch to a phone, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams appointment. The Department of Social Work is well positioned to continue to support students using these technologies. Rest assured that advisors have access to all campus resources, even when working remotely and supporting you via phone and Zoom. We will notify all students once we are able to resume normal operations. If these modified services present an access issue, please do not hesitate to reach out me directly.

Please note that all official updates from MSU Denver and our Department will be sent to your MSU Denver student email. The University has also created a website to keep you informed: https://www.msudenver.edu/coronavirus-update/. If you were not able to attend yesterday’s town hall, you can listen to the recording here: Video

This is a stressful time and please know that there are resources available at the university including the Counseling Center and Health Center on the Auraria Campus.  Additionally, the Office of Student Services is here for you along with the Office of Field Education and the Social Work faculty. Please feel free to reach out to your advisor, me or Amy Middleton, the Director of the Office of Social Work Student Services, Administration & Finance at gienckea@msudenver.edu

Thanks,

Bailee Bannon Murray, MA | Associate Director of Social Work Student Services

Office of Student Services, Administration and Finance | Department of Social Work| College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Central Classroom 206 
Campus Box 70 P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362
Direct Line: 303-615-0158
www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Dear Social Work Students,

The Office of Field Education at MSU Denver Department of Social Work understands that this is a challenging time with the ever-evolving news of the coronavirus. We have been closely monitoring this situation and encourage you to check your MSU Denver e-mail and follow official social media accounts for the most up to date information from MSU Denver and President Davidson. Our Office of Field Education will continue to follow university guidelines which at this time indicate that all classes will be transitioned to online delivery no later than March 30th. Please refer to an email from Dr. Jess Retrum, Chair of the Social Work Department, sent Thursday, March 12th for additional details on updates to classes.

Regarding field education, we know that students will be differentially impacted based on their personal situations and the type of field internship they attend.  In addition to following CDC guidelines regarding safety protocol measures, we are hopeful that having information and making a plan for impacts to field internships can help to minimize stress. While the university is not currently restricting the participation of students in field internships at this time, we recommend beginning to have conversations with your agency supervisors regarding their policies and operational plans in the event of an interruption of field due to the coronavirus. We request that all students read the attached Interruption of Field Policy to help plan with your agency supervisor(s) based on your individual internship situation.

Agency supervisors have also received this information in order to provide support to you around these conversations. We request that you consult with your Faculty Field Liaison if you have questions, concerns or if you are requesting changes to your internship plan for learning.

This is a stressful time and please know that there are resources available at the university including the Counseling Center and Health Center on the Auraria Campus.  Our Office of Field Education is here for you. Please feel free to reach out to the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Field Education, Susie Ryder at sryder@msudenver.edu.

In Solidarity, The Office of Field Education


Office of Field Education | Department of Social Work
College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University of Denver

PO Box 173362 Campus Box 70, Denver, CO 80217-3362
303-615-0555 (main office)
303-625-2055 (direct line)
field@msudenver.edu | www.msudenver.edu/socialwork

Good Morning Social Work Students,

Please read this important message to the end. As you may already know, MSU Denver is preparing to move all face to face class activities online starting March 30th. This is a precaution to reduce face to face interactions in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The MSU Denver campus is not closed at this time and regular operations are still happening until further notice.

Fortunately, the Department of Social Work is well equipped to support this temporary change in course delivery. For those of you in Hybrid and Face to Face classes we realize this will be a change for you. However, given the circumstances we are grateful we can provide a reliable way to finish your courses for Spring 2020 with minimal disruption.

All faculty who teach Hybrid and Face to Face classes are receiving resources and instruction as you read this to find alternative ways to teach you through online methods. Please be sure to read all communications from instructors understand what this transition will mean for each of your classes and communicate with them in the coming weeks. Some instructors may cancel a class or move online sooner than March 30th. We are all in this together! Please be patient with your instructors as they get up to speed, they know this is a shift for you and will be flexible and patient as well.

Answers to some questions you may have:

  • How do I prepare for online learning? At minimum you will need to be able to use email and Blackboard regularly. There an abundance of resources out there. For the basics, please explore ITS support for students: https://www.msudenver.edu/technology/onlineready/ and here: https://www.msudenver.edu/technology/itsforstudents/  Please be in communication with your faculty if you have concerns about regular access to the internet. Most, if not all, information you’ll need to access for class can be done through a smart phone, although not ideal, this is an option if your access limited at certain times of the day.
  • How to I access my advisors? Your faculty and professional advisors through our Office of Social Work Student Services will be available to you as they always have been, however, in the coming weeks your meetings may move to Zoom or over the phone.
  • What if I have questions about my Field Placement? The Department of Social Work Office of Field Education and your Faculty Field Liaisons will also be available to you as they always have been, although some in person meetings may be moved to Zoom or phone. Please look for an email today from the Office of Field Education about some important information as it relates to support during this time.
  • What will happen to End of the Year Events? It is too early to tell if events like graduation, BSSW Senior Celebration, MSW Pinning and Hooding will be impacted. We hope they won’t! Please check our events page on the Department of Social Work website for the most up to date information.

We are social workers, change agents, and problem solvers. We are in this together. There may be bumps along the way but have been learning from other social work programs and universities across the country and statewide.

We’ve got this.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. In the meantime, please look for communications from your instructors about course delivery transitions in the next few weeks.

All the Best,

Jess

 

Jessica H. Retrum, MSSW, PhD
Chair, Associate Professor
Department of Social Work, Office Y
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 70, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

Phone: 303-615-1051
Fax: 720-778-5689
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
msudenver.edu/socialwork


Resources

Please visit the MSU Denver COVID-19 Updates and Resources page for additional resources and answers to frequently asked questions.

Health Center at Auraria
303-615-9999

Counseling Center
303-615-9988 

Auraria Police: Dial 911

Auraria Police Non-emergency
303-556-5000

Emergency Procedures Auraria Campus


For students who are struggling with internet access, Comast is increasing access to and speeds for their Internet Essentials plan. Click here to read the full announcement. The key takeaways of their announcement are:

  • Service will be free for the first 60 days for new sign ups, $9.95/month after that
  • Comcast will send a free self-install kit to homes who enroll
  • Bandwidth has been increased from 15 Mbps to 25 Mbps download speeds
  • To enroll, interested individuals can visit https://www.internetessentials.com/

According to Comcast, you may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others.

If any MSU Denver students, faculty, or staff need assistance for immediate housing needs, SpringHill Suites on campus is supporting the campus community with a discounted rate of $49/night. Please use the link below to book. You'll need an MSU Denver ID at check-in.

Click here to Book your Discounted rate for MSU Denver Students/Faculty/and Staff

Student support for learning online

Hardware needs

ITS Helpdesk - 303-352-7548


Cengage is offering students free access to Cengage Unlimited, where they can access Cengage's ebooks and online learning platform. If this is something you would benefit from access to for one or more of your courses, please contact your faculty to request access. Faculty must request the free access for their students.

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Main Office Phone:

303-615-0555

Location:

Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


Accreditation

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Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.