In Brief: April / May 2021

Social Worker to Lead Iowa Democratic Party

Ross Wilburn, MSW

Rep. Ross Wilburn, MSW, was elected to lead the Iowa Democratic Party as chairman, where he will steer Democrats through what is expected to be a challenging midterm election in 2022 and a battle to retain the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.

According to an article in the Des Moines Register, Wilburn is the first Black Iowan to lead either major state party organization. He told reporters he’s honored to be the first and is committed to ensuring he’s not the last.

Edmonds Crewe Receives Beckman Award

Sandra Edmonds Crewe, PhD, MSW

Howard University School of Social Work Dean Sandra Edmonds Crewe, PhD, MSW, received the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, which benefits teachers who have inspired their students to make a significant contribution to society. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize. Florence Champagne, MSW, one of Crewe’s former students, nominated her for the award.

Lindsey Appointed to CDC Task Force

Michael Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH

Social worker Michael Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control’s Community Preventive Services Task Force for a five-year term starting in 2022.

Lindsey is executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU) and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work.

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