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UT Tyler to Host Social Work Conference March 3 

Informational event focuses on importance, meaning of the social work field 

By Hannah M. Buchanan

TYLER (February 20, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced that it will host the  What is Social Work? Conference on Friday, March 3. The conference will focus on the significance  of social work. 

“This event is an ideal opportunity for both high school students contemplating their future college  majors or college students considering new courses of study,” said Rich Kenney, UT Tyler professor  of practice in social work and program director. 

The event, presented in partnership with Tyler Junior College, will be 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the UT Tyler  Ornelas Activity Center, located at 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler. To register or for more  information, email Kenney at There is no registration fee, and brunch will be  provided with advanced registration. 

Featured guest speakers are professional social workers who represent Child Protective Services,  Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas Children’s Health Plan and the East  Texas Crisis Center. After the brunch break, an open mic will be available for students and  professionals to share their thoughts on the field of social work and what it means to them, Kenney  added.  

Students who enter the field of social work can impact the lives of others as a caseworker, service  worker, probation officer, human services specialist or mental health assistant. The Bachelor of  Social Work (BSW) degree at UT Tyler is a 120-credit-hour generalist program. For additional information, visit

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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