Brown School Student, Alums Win CSWE Disability Manuscript Award

Alumni; PhD; Research; Social Work; Students

A Brown School PhD student and three alumni are honorable-mention recipients of the 2023 Disability Manuscript Award, presented by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for an article on refugees with disabilities.

Their submission, “A Scoping Review of Needs and Barriers to Achieving A Livable Life Among Refugees with Disabilities Implications for Future Research, Practice, and Policy,” examines the needs and barriers for refugees with disabilities in achieving better well-being.

The Brown School recipients are social work PhD student Mustafa Rfat, and alums Yingying Zeng, PhD ’23, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia; Yiqi Zhu MSW ‘12, PhD ‘21, an assistant professor at Adelphi University; and Yibin Yang, MSW ‘17.

Both Yingying and Mustafa are recognized as co-first authors, signifying their equally substantial contributions to the manuscript. 

The Disability Manuscript Award recognizes scholarship that contributes to knowledge about disability; full participation of persons with disabilities; social, political, and economic issues related to disability and persons with disabilities; and social work education curriculum materials focused on disability and persons with disabilities. 

The award recipients will be honored during the upcoming CSWE Annual Program Meeting, scheduled to be held from October 26-29 in Atlanta, Georgia.