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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award

The CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) is proud to announce the 2020 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Scholarship Award recipients. The award recognizes scholarship that contributes to knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression; the individual and systemic issues associated with these topics; the development of social work curriculum materials and faculty growth opportunities relevant to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression; and the experiences of individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or two-spirit.

2020 Award Winners

Sexual Identity development and its impact on sexual well being: Differences between sexual minority and non-sexual minority former foster youth  

Richard A. Brandon-Friedman, PhD, LCSW, LCAC (He/him/his) is an Assistant Professor in the Indiana University School of Social Work. As a clinician he has worked with youth in schools and in child welfare for over ten years and has worked with youth who identify as sexual minorities for over fifteen years. Dr. Brandon-Friedman currently serves as the Social Work Services Supervisor for the Gender Health Program at Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University Health and is a member of the Executive Board of GenderNexus, the Chair of the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Worker’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee, and Co-chair for the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression. His current research focuses on sexual identity development among youth and its impact on sexual wellbeing.
 

Barb-Pierce.jpgBarbara Pierce, PhD, LCSW (She/her/hers) is Associate Professor of Social Work and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellow. Her work spans research on the child welfare workforce and service provision to children, youth, and families especially in the area of trauma-responsive programming. She is a community engaged participatory action scholar and active program evaluator. 




Beth Wahler, PhD, MSW (She/her/hers) is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Her main research interests involve social work education, the impact of poverty and other factors associated with social disadvantage on the development and perpetuation of mental health and substance abuse problems, and interventions for improving the health and wellbeing of people living in poverty or with other barriers. 


Jeffry W. Thigpen, PhD, MSW (He/him/his) is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Indiana University.  His research focuses on children’s sexual development and behavior. Dr. Thigpen earned a MSW from Wayne State University and a PhD from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.  At Indiana, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in research, human behavior, and practice.  He also serves as Senior BSW Program Director.


J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS (He/him/his) is Professor of Pediatrics and member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He also holds an adjunct appointment in Epidemiology in the Fairbanks School of Public Health, and is a member of the Center for Sexual Promotion at Indiana University. He is past president of the International Academy for Sex Research, past president of the American STD Association, a fellow of the Society for Scientific Study of Sex, and past chair of the Board of Directors of the American Sexual Health Association. Clinically, he is a founder of the Gender Health Program at Riley Hospital for Children, which is central to current clinical and advocacy work. His research program has five major elements: adolescent health, sexuality and sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention and treatment for adolescents, and clinical issues related to health care of gender diverse people. Dr. Fortenberry has received federal research support continuously since 1987, and has published more than 350 commentaries, book chapters, and peer-reviewed papers. 
 

SOGIE Award Requirements

CSWE members are invited to submit relevant scholarly papers for consideration. CSOGIE particularly encourages submission of manuscripts that do the following:

  • Further the development and availability of social work education curriculum materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression
  • Provide faculty development opportunities related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression
  • Identify and critically analyze policies, procedures, or activities that impede full and affirming participation in CSWE and social work education of students and faculty members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit
  • Facilitate development of leadership in faculty members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit
  • Advance knowledge of affirming, innovative, and effective social work practices and educational models related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression
  • Explore ethics and social justice for social work practice with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or two-spirit individuals
  • Address historical aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in the social work profession
  • Promote strategies for understanding the intersections of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression with race, class, culture, disability, age, and other identities
  • Explore international aspects of social welfare for persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities and expression

Please supply:

  • a copy of your scholarly paper as a Word document with all identifying information removed, including references to location and institutional affiliation; and
  • a separate title page showing the name, credentials, affiliation, and e-mail addresses of all authors and identifying the corresponding author.

At least one author of the paper must attend the award presentation during the LGBT Caucus/CSOGIE Reception at the Annual Program Meeting

Submit all materials via e-mail to Mumbi Mwaura at mmwaura@cswe.org. The 2020 SOGIE Award cycle has ended.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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