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'Behind the Blue': Making a Positive Impact on Individuals and Society With Dean Jay Miller

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2020) — For over 80 years, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. Through rigorous research, excellence in instruction and steadfast service, the CoSW works to improve the human condition. Always, in all ways, according to their mission.

In addition to the main campus in Lexington, the college has satellite campuses at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky, and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The college offers four academic programs, including a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work, Master of Social Work, Doctor of Social Work, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work.

Not yet 40 years of age, Jay Miller is in his second year as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Miller grew up in foster care and thus is acutely aware of what an important role effective, professional social work can play in the development of a young person and how social work can make a positive impact on individuals and the broader society.

Miller recently joined Carl Nathe for a ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast interview about ways the college is expanding access to social work education at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

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