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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. Sun Ra’s Chicago William Sites's book, "Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City," explores the importance of Birmingham and Chicago in the jazz great’s development and thinking.
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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. The Voices of Latina Mothers Researchers from SSA and Chapin Hall explore how Latino families living in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin and Little Village neighborhoods make childcare decisions.
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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. Transforming Doctoral Education SSA Celebrates 100 Years of its Doctoral Program
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    Defining Problems. Shaping Solutions. SSA students, faculty member, assist with a mental healthcare startup Talklet, a winner of UChicago Polsky's 2020 College New Venture Challenge, connects qualified listeners to people who want to talk and feel heard.
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Statement on Racial Violence

A message from Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith and Dean of Students, Diversity and Inclusion Sara Furr

Alumni Profiles

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Coronavirus and Winter Quarter Updates

Read updates from the University of Chicago and SSA.

SSA polymath William Borden enters the age of active wisdom

"Bill Borden has exemplified the very best in SSA's long tradition of clinical scholarship and practice," Walsh says. "Bill challenges us all to question and reach, to better understand the many influences—and messiness—in people's lives, to foster a deeper understanding of human suffering and, with clients who are struggling, to appreciate their potential for healing and positive growth."

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New Book by Angela García

New research combining social theory on immigration and race as well as place and law has uncovered the everyday failures and long-term human consequences of contemporary immigration laws in the United States. SSA Assistant Professor Angela S. García studied these failures and consequences and explores their implications in her first book, Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law. Legal Passing, published with the University of California Press, offers a nuanced look at how the lives of undocumented Mexicans in the US are constantly shaped by federal, state, and local immigration laws.

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Junior Faculty Award funds Alan Zarychta’s water system research in Honduras

Assistant Professor Alan Zarychta will study a community-based intervention aiming to help local water councils manage their scarce resources more equitably and sustainably.

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Using Science to Improve Deinstitutionalization Outcomes for Children in a post-Soviet country

Leyla Ismayilova, Associate Professor at SSA, has received a five-year R01 research grant to adapt and evaluate strategies for mitigating mental health issues among children leaving orphanages and residential institutions in Azerbaijan as a part of the deinstitutionalization reforms.

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