ARLINGTON - The Amon G. Carter Foundation of Fort
Worth has awarded The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work
$350,000 to link academic research with community partners who meet the needs
of people on a daily basis.
The award is the single largest gift to
the School of Social Work in its 42-year history.
The gift will help establish the Social
Work Innovation Incubator, which will conduct research with community partners
focused on developing solutions to Tarrant County problems.
The project's overall aim is to improve
the standard of living for Tarrant County's most vulnerable families.
Sheila Johnson, secretary of the Carter
Foundation's Board of Directors, said the foundation is focused on community
investment and views the UT Arlington Social Work Innovation Incubator as a
perfect fit for that mission.
Scott Ryan, dean of the UT Arlington
School of Social Work, said the Carter Foundation award will help align
University research with the needs of community partners.
"The goal of the project is two-fold,"
Ryan said. "We want to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of social
service programs in Tarrant County. And we want to conduct research that
produces results of national interest."
John Bricout joins UT Arlington from
the University of Central Florida as associate dean for research and community
outreach in the School of Social Work and will oversee the incubator.
"Collaborating with our community
partners to address pressing community challenges is essential to producing
tangible social impacts that change lives in Tarrant County and also further
national dialogue," Bricout said.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.