Faculty and Staff Profiles

Elena Delavega
Assoc Professor, Social Work
Email: mdlavega@memphis.edu
Office Location: 223 Mccord Hall
Profile

Research Interests: 

My research interest is Poverty, and the intersection of oppression, marginalization, and exclusion; the role of education, disabilities, and ontologies. My foci are sustainable economic development, poverty remediation, wages, the relationship between education and capital, capital transformations, and immigration.

Personal Statement:

I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I love history, art, political science, sociology, literature, philosophy, physics, and I enjoy museums and volunteer whenever time permits. I am deeply troubled by the suffering caused by poverty.

My goal is to contribute to the understanding and elimination of structural forms of poverty and exclusion through a global focus that is locally grounded and engaged. Because of a profound belief that all oppression is ultimately economic oppression leading to the exclusion from sharing in social goods, my framework is based on Critical Theory and French Poststructuralism, and is related to policy analysis, especially on services for culturally diverse populations. 

My teaching philosophy is one that integrates elements from diverse theories in education, social work, psychology, and sociology.  I respect my students enough to require and expect of them the highest levels of performance in production, practice, and critical thinking. I believe that with the right kind of support, all students are able to meet and exceed the highest standards, and I am committed to provide all the support my students need.  I believe that my students deserve to become the best professionals they can become.

Splatter Away!!

My students do not always win arguments against me, but when they do, I've accomplished my goal. The following story illustrates my teaching philosophy:

When I started teaching, I once asked my statistics students to attempt the technique I had just shown them. They were afraid of trying and protested loudly, saying "no, we can't, this is hard, and we are just going to get it wrong." So I told them, "look, even baby birds are pushed out of the nest by their mothers so they will learn to fly, I am giving you that push now." A bright young student replied, "some times those baby birds don't fly, they just splatter on the ground." I thought for a moment, and then I said, "Well, yes. Sometimes baby birds do splatter on the ground. But you know what? It does not matter here. Splattering has no bad consequences." I smiled as I continued, "so, splatter away!" The students laughed and proceeded to try the exercise. Some got it wrong, they "splattered." But over time, those who were most willing to "splatter" were the ones who learnt the most.  

I have told that story to each one of my classes since. My classroom is a safe place where students can make mistakes, and where "splattering" is encouraged, for it is only when we are willing to make mistakes that we learn and humanity advances.

Vision for the Profession:

The Social Work Department at the University of Memphis has a commitment to engaged scholarship that is emblematic of the profession of social work. We are engaged with the Memphis rurban area and we are engaged with the world. We bridge the gap between the local and the global, and we bring ties of understanding to our community and our community to the world. Our research is engaged in all areas of practice, multidirectionally and multidimensionally, and committed to social and economic justice for all and a better tomorrow for all people. 

  

Additional Information

   


Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work - University of Memphis - 2017-Present
  • MSW Program Director, School of Social Work - University of Memphis - 2017-Present
  • Associate Director , Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - Universityof Memphis - 2015-2019
  • Assistant Professor, Social Work - University of Memphis - 2011-2017
  • Adjunct Faculty, Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown - 2010-2011
  • Case Manager, Supportive Housing - SEARCH Homeless Services - 2010-2011
Honors/Awards
  • College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Research Award (CASDRA) - University of Memphis - 2020
  • Alumni Association Awards Faculty in Excellence in Engaged - University of Memphis - 2019
  • Recognition - Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee - 2018
  • Recognition - Representative Barbara Cooper and House of Representatives, Tennessee - 2018
  • Faculty Research Award - Influencing Social Policy - 2018
  • Early Career Research Award (ECRA) - University of Memphis College of Arts and Sciences - 2016
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Scholarship Award - Council on Social Work Education - 2015
  • Policy Fellowship - University of Memphis, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - 2014
  • Distinguished PhD Alumna Honorable Mention Award - University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work - 2014
  • Inspiring Woman Honoree (Mentoring Award) - University of Memphis - 2014
  • First Place Winner: Student Poster - Social Work Day on the Hill - National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee Chapter - 2013
  • Travel Enrichment Funds - University of Memphis - 2013
  • Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop & Scholarship - Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2013
  • Nominated for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award - University of Memphis - 2013
  • Agencies for Gerontology Intercultural Field Training (AGIFT) Fellowship - University of Houston - 2007-2008
  • Helen Fisher Delegate Assembly Scholarship - National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter - 2008
  • Academic Excellence in Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown - 2006
  • Third-Place Essay Contest Award - University of Houston-Downtown - 2006
  • Academic Excellence in Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown - 2005

Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7034, Advanced Community Practice Across Systems (Developed) - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4945/6945, Social Work in Paris - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4944/6944, Encountering Poverty - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 2911, Social Response to Human Need - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7032, Advanced Community Practice in Social Work with Children, Youth, and Families - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7033, (Developed, not taught) Advanced Community Practice in Social Work with Adults and Families - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7026 Evaluative Research - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7070 Independent Study - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7022, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7030, Social Welfare Policy and Services - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7031, Rural and Urban Poverty - University of Memphis
  • PADM 7612, Program and Policy Evaluation - University of Memphis
  • SOC 1303, Introduction to Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown
  • SOS 3312, Statistics in the Social Sciences - University of Houston-Downtown
  • SOCW 7397, Transtheoretical Practice (re: Practice Interviews) - University of Houston

Creative Activities

  • Media Interview (Newspaper, Radio, Television) - 2012-Present - See Appendix C -  

Support

  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Delavega, E., Norwood, K. K., & Malone, C. C. (2020-2025). Midsouth Social Work Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (MSW-SDS) Program. - Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program T08HP392930100 - $3,187,554 - 2020-2025
  • Delavega, E., & Neely-Barnes, S.L. (2019). Grant to support bilingual social workers in Memphis. - Church Health Center - $45,000 - 2019-2020
  • Elswick, S. Delavega, E., & Casey, L. (PI). (2018). Community programs for outreach and intervention with youth and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis (Short Title: CHR-P). - Analysis and evaluation of the State of Tennessee project to support individuals who are at high risk for psychosis. Subaward grant - $25,000 - 2018-2019
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Delavega, E., Taylor, L., Zanskas, S., & Lancaster, C. (2017). Midsouth Integrated Behavioral Health Training Initiative (MIBH-TI). - Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program Grant funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) - $ 1,917,762 - 2017-2021
  • Delavega, E., Elswick, S., Neely-Barnes, S. L., & Taylor, L. (2016). Free Lunch Graduates: - Tennessee Board of Regents - $40,000 - 2016-2017
  • McFerren, D., Delavega, E., Trammel, R., Washington, G. (2016). Increasing the Retention - Tennessee Board of Regents - $25,000 - 2016-2017
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Delavega, E., & Elswick S. (2014). Midsouth Social Work Professional Development Initiative (MSW-PDI). - Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) - $ 1,423,125 - 2014-2017
  • Washington, G., Delavega, E., & Simmons, L. (2015). University of Memphis Center for Advancement of Youth Development – Expanding Assets and Strengthening Initiative (EASI). - Tennessee Board of Regents. - $40,000 - 2015-2016
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Eating Her Words: Ruby Payne’s Hidden Rules and Choice – A Sandwich Experiment. - Tennessee Board of Regents - $57,994 - 2013-2015
  • Delavega, E. . . . Hirschi, M. (2018). The UM Poverty Research Collaborative (Short Title: UMPRC). - Grant funded by the University of Memphis to support the development of collaborative group at the University of Memphis focusing on poverty. - $2,500 - 2018-2019
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women Poster presented at the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit, September 25-27, Montréal, Québec. - University of Memphis Travel Enrichment Funds - $750 - 2013
  • Delavega, E. (2012). Utilizing the cultural capital of a natural science museum to increase interest in science among low income children in the Kingsbury Elementary attendance area. - Strengthening Communities Capacity Building Grant, University of Memphis - $18,000 - 2012-2014

Outreach

  • Memphis Shared Prosperity Partnership for Collective Impact - 30 - 2020-present -  
  • Improving Mobility Options Project - Unknown - 2019-2020 - Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)
  • Healthy Memphis Initiative - Unknown - 2019-present - Christ Health
  • Building Opportunity for All Forum - 200+ - 2019, April 23 - The Atlantic
  • Mental Health America of the MidSouth - Unknown - 2019-present - Mental Health America of the MidSouth
  • Ranked Choice Tennessee - Unknown - 2019-2020 - Ranked Choice Tennessee
  • MLK 50 Events - Unknown - 2018-present - National Civil Rights Museum
  • Community Alliance for the Homeless - Unknown - 2018-2021 - Community Alliance for the Homeless
  • Poverty Consultant - Unknown - 2017-present - United Way of the Mid-South
  • Poverty Consultant - Unknown - 2017-present - Slingshot Memphis
  • DACA Panel and Event - 200 - 2017, November - Latino Memphis
  • Social Work In-service Training - 150 - 2017-present - Shelby County Schools
  • VITA (Volunteer Tax Preparation Program) - 200+ - 2015-present - SaveFirst Impact Tennessee
  • Volunteer Training and Outreach - 35 - 2015-2016 - SaveFirst
  • Volunteer Training and Outreach - 48 - 2014-2015 - United Way of the Mid-South and SaveFirst
  • Financial Stability Workgroup - Elena Delavega, University of Maryland - 2013-present -  
  • VITA (Volunteer Tax Preparer Program) - Students in PADM 7612 (2 sections, 32 students) and Field Interns (5) - 2013-2014 -  
  • Pink Palace Museum - Elena Delavega, Education Department - 2011-present -  
Service
  • University of Memphis - Workgroup Co-Leader, Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative - 2020-present
  • University of Memphis - Local Advisory Board Member, Ph.D. in Urban Affairs, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy - 2020-present
  • University of Memphis - Collaborator, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - 2020-present
  • Memphis Shared Prosperity Partnership for Collective Impact - Member - 2020-present
  • University of Memphis - UofM-UTHSC COVID-19 CORNET - 2020
  • University of Memphis - Co-editor, Hooks Policy Papers, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - 2020
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer, Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship - 2020
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - Curriculog Administrator - 2019-present
  • University of Memphis - Data and Methodology Taskforce, Healthy Memphis Initiative - 2019-present
  • Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) - Improving Mobility Options Project - 2019-present
  • Mental Health America of the MidSouth - Board Member - 2019-present
  • Journal of Policy Practice - Editorial Board Member - 2019-2022
  • Ranked Choice Tennessee - Board Member - 2019-2020
  • University of Memphis - Planning Committee Member, Ph.D. in Urban Affairs, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy - 2019-2020
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - Chair, Planning Committee, 8th Social Work Symposium - 2019-2020
  • University of Memphis - Judge, Works in Progress Symposium - 2019
  • Community Alliance for the Homeless - Board Member - 2018-2021
  • Influencing Social Policy (ISP) - Governing Board - 2018-2021
  • Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics - Editorial Board Member - 2018-2021
  • Journal of Community Practice - Editorial Board Member - 2018-2021
  • Research on Social Work Practice (Journal) - Editorial Board Member - 2018-2020
  • Journal of the Human Sciences Institute - Co-editor - 2018-2019
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - Chair, Planning Committee, 7th Social Work Symposium - 2018-2019
  • Influencing Social Policy (ISP) - Co-Chair, Program Committee - 2018-2019
  • Human Sciences Institute - Board Member - 2018-2019
  • National Civil Rights Museum - MLK 50 Speaker and Representative - 2018
  • CSWE, ISP, and ACOSA - Voter Mobilization Steering Committee - 2018
  • University of Memphis - Judge, Works in Progress Symposium - 2018
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - Chair, Search Committee for Instructor Coordinator - 2018
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - Chair, Planning Committee, 6th Social Work Symposium - 2017-2018
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - Committee Member, Assistant Faculty Search - 2017-2018
  • Network for Social Work Management - Conference Planning Committee, 29th Annual Conference - 2017-2018
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - MSW Program Director - 2017-present
  • School of Social Work, University of Memphis - College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Council - 2017-present
  • United Way of the Mid-South - Poverty Consultant - 2017-present
  • Slingshot Memphis - Poverty Consultant - 2017-present
  • Shelby County Schools - Social Work In-service Training - 2017-present
  • University of Memphis - Graduate Council, College of Arts & Sciences - 2017 – present
  • Latino Memphis - DACA Panel and Event - 2017, November
  • University of Memphis - Student Poster Judge, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) - 2017, March 27
  • University of Memphis - Abstract Reviewer, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) - 2017, February
  • Council of Social Work Education - Crosswalk Reviewer, Curricular Guide for Economic Well-Being Practice - 2017
  • University of Memphis - Judge, NEDx Student Talks, Ned McWherter Library - 2017
  • Rural Social Work Caucus - Chair, Planning Committee, 42nd Annual National Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas - 2017
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Chair, Planning Committee, 5th Social Work Symposium - 2017
  • Rural Social Work Caucus - Chair of the Social Research and Policy Committee - 2016-2018
  • Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) - Elected Board Member (Southeast Region) - 2016-2021
  • Rural Social Work Caucus - Reviewer, Contemporary Rural Social Work Journal - 2016-2018
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Chair, Planning Committee, 4th Social Work Symposium - 2016
  • The Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors - Consulting Editor (Reviewer), The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work - 2015-2018
  • Social Work Education: The international Journal - Board Member and Reviewer - 2015-2021
  • University of Memphis - Associate Director, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - 2015-present
  • University of Memphis - Member, Healthy Memphis Initiative - 2015-present
  • University of Memphis - Member, Critical Conversations Group - 2015-present
  • University of Memphis - Member, PhD Curriculum Committee, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy - 2015-present
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Mentor, Interdisciplinary Case Competition, School of Public Health - 2015
  • University of Memphis - Grants Reviewer, Engaged Learning Fellowship Committee - 2015
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Chair, Planning Committee, Continuing Education Program - 2015-present
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Chair, Planning Committee, 3rd Social Work Symposium - 2015
  • Shelby County Schools - Consultant - 2015-present
  • JustCity - Board Member - 2015-present
  • University of Memphis - Judge, United Housing, Inc. Senior Living Community - Mid Review and Final, Department of Architecture - 2014-2015
  • University of Memphis - Member, Transition Team for Reginald Green as Incoming President, Faculty Senate - 2014
  • Council on Social Work Education - Reviewer, Journal of Social Work Education - 2014-2017
  • University of Memphis - Acting MSW Coordinator, Department of Social Work - Fall 2014
  • University of Memphis - Policy Fellow, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - 2014-2015
  • University of Memphis - Chair, Faculty Input Committee, Faculty Senate - 2014-2015
  • University of Memphis - Information Officer, Executive Committee, Faculty Senate - 2014-2015
  • Council on Social Work Education - Co-Chair, University-Community Partnerships Track - 2014
  • UnitedWay of the Mid-South - Financial Stability Workgroup Member - 2013-2014
  • Hutchinson Leads - Poverty Consulting - 2013
  • Social Welfare Research Consortium - Founding Member and Lieutenant Chair - 2013-present
  • Columbia Press - Book Reviewer, Further Statistics for Social Workers - 2013
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Chair, Symposium Planning Committee (2nd Social Work Symposium) - 2013-2014
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Senate - 2013-2015
  • Council on Social Work Education - Co-Chair and Phase II Reviewer, University-Community Partnerships Track - 2013-present
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - MSW Faculty Advisor, Social Work Day on the Hill - 2012-present
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Faculty Governance Committee - 2012-2013
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Search Committee - 2012-2013
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work - Scholar Network, Financial Social Work Initiative - 2012 – Present
  • National Association of Social Workers - Delegate Assembly Representative from Tennessee - 2012-2015
  • Pink Palace Museum - Research Consultant - 2011-present
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Chair, Inaugural Symposium - 2011-2012
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Search Committee - 2011-2012
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Faculty Senate Proxy - 2011-2012
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Curriculum Committee - 2011-Present
  • University of Memphis Department of Social Work - Admissions Committee - 2011-Present
  • Asian & Pacific Islanders Social Work Educators Association (CSWE) - Treasurer - 2011 – 2013
  • University of Houston-Downtown - Planning Committee, Second Center for Family Strengths Symposium - 2011
  • University of Houston-Downtown - Planning Committee First Center for Family Strengths Symposium - 2010
  • Asian & Pacific Islanders Social Work Educators Association (CSWE) - Planning Committee,2nd International Conference and APISWEA Annual Meeting - 2010
  • National Association of Social Workers - Delegate Assembly Diversity Representative from Texas - 2009-2012
Consulting
  • Representative Hardaway’s COVID-19 Healthcare Taskforce - 2020
  • Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) - 2019-present
  • Memphis Shared Prosperity Collective Impact - 2019-present
  • Mental Health America of the MidSouth - 2019-present
  • Community Alliance for the Homeless - 2018-2021
  • Ranked Choice Tennessee - 2019-2022
  • Shelby County Schools - 2015-2016
  • JustCity - 2015-2022
  • Pink Palace Museum - 2013- Present
  • United Way of the Mid-South, Financial Stability Workgroup - 2013-2014
  • Hutchinson Leads - 2013-present
  • Friends For Life - 2012-present
Books Published
  • Book Chapters:
  • Delavega, E., Fletcher, K.L, & Hirschi, M. (Submitted 2020).Building financial capability for all (Ch. 12). In R.P. Maiden & E.L. Weiss Integrating the grand challenges content into the social work curricula and the classroom. In Preparation.
  • Delavega, E. (2019, June 19). Part one: Memphis 50 years after MLK. In The poverty report II (pp. 5-30). Memphis, TN: The National Civil Rights Museum
  • Couchonnal, G., Snodgress, M., Delavega, E., Gutierrez, L., Keo-Meier, B. (2019). Theories of empowerment and social capital (Ch. 4). In S.P. Robbins, P. Chatterjee, E.R. Canda, & G.S. Leibowitz Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work practice (4th ed., pp. 90-122). New York, NY: Pearson.
  • McFerren, D. R., & Delavega, E. (2018). The robots are ready! Are we? Automation, race, and the workforce. In D. McFerren & E. Delavega Climbing out from under the rock: Restoring civil rights, economics, and social justice in Memphis and the nation [Hooks Policy Papers] (pp. 20-24). Memphis, TN: Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Quick facts, Memphis, Tennessee. In D. McFerren & E. Delavega The robots are ready! Are we? Automation, race, and the workforce (pp. 4-5). Memphis, TN: Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.
  • Delavega, E., & Soifer, S. D. (2015).  Policy brief 1: Human services, case management, financial counseling.  Multi-disciplinary Analysis and Recommendations for the Blueprint for Prosperity. The University of Memphis.
  • Delavega, E. (2014, October). Pouring water on the wicked poverty of the MidSouth: Educating a quality workforce (pp 13-17). In A call for collective action: Tackling social challenges in Memphis. The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Cheung, M., Delavega, E., & Zhu, J.W. (2013). Trilingual relaxation journey. In M. Cheung (Ed.), Therapeutic games and guided imagery, Volume II: Tools for professionals working with children and adolescents with specific needs and in multicultural settings (364-366). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
  • Delavega, E., Cheung, M., & Zhu, J.W. (2013). Jornada de relajación trilingüe [Trilingual relaxation journey]. In M. Cheung (Ed.), Therapeutic games and guided imagery, Volume II: Tools for professionals working with children and adolescents with specific needs and in multicultural settings (367-369). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E., (2013). Instructor's Manual and Test Bank for American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, Brief Edition. Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2010b). Melinda: Child sexual abuse case. My Social Work Lab. Boston: Pearson. Retrieved from http://media.pearsoncmg.com/ab/my socialworklab/mysocialworklibrary/pdf/Cheung_Melinda.pdf
Books Reviewed
  • Delavega, E., & Higgins, D.H. (2018). Review of the book Phallacies: Historical intersections of disability and masculinity by Brian, K. M., & Trent, J. W. (Eds.), New York, NY: Oxford, 2017. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.
  • Kindle, P.A., & Delavega, E. (2018). Review of the book Originals: How nonconformists move the world by Adam Grant, New York, NY: Viking Press, 2016, 322 pages. ISBN: 978-0-525-42956-2., Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2018.1449694
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E. (2018). Review of the book Why nations fail: The origins of power, prosperity, and poverty by D. Acemoglu & J. A. Robinson. Journal of Progressive Human Services.
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E. (2017). Review of the book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Poverty & Public Policy, 9(3), 358-360.
  • Cohen, G., & Delavega, E. (2016). Review of the book The ethics rupture: Exploring alternatives to formal research ethics by W.C. van den Hoonaard & A. Hamilton (Eds.). Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, 13(2), 73-75.
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2011). Book review of Integrative Body-mind-spirit Social Work: An empirically based approach to assessment and treatment. China Journal of Social Work, 4(1), 95-96. doi: 10.1080/17525098.2011.563949
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2010). Book review of Treatment of traumatized adults and children:  Clinician's guide to evidence-based practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(6), 728.  doi: 10.1177/1049731510370038
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2009).  Using the Child Development Index to conduct child welfare research.  Social Development Issues, 31(3), 86-90.
  • Delavega, E. (2008, Jul/Aug.). Book review the devil’s highway by Luis Urrea. The Catholic Worker, 28(4), 3.
Journal Articles
  • Refereed Publications:
  • Elswick, S. Delavega, E., Hirschi, M., & Casey, L.B. (Accepted, 2020). The therapy box in the classroom: A Function-based multi-component directive play therapy treatment package intervention. International Journal of School Social Work.
  • Delavega, E. & Elswick, S.E. (2020, Accepted). Museums an Avenue for Enhancing Engagement and Educational Outcomes for Underserved Students. Research on Social Work Practice.
  • Thompson, J.D., Delavega, E., Lockhart, C.W., Thompson, S.T., & Hirono, T. (2019). Children with autism and congregations: Leaders’ assessments of knowledge, programming, and potentialities. Journal of Social Work and Christianity, 46(4), 39-66.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., Kirk, B.G., Delavega, E., Taylor, L., Elswick, S.E., Pettet, F., & Landry, M. (2019). Training second-year MSW students to improve cultural and linguistic competence. Research on Social Work Practice. doi.org/10.1177/1049731519874397
  • Delavega, E., & Reyes, K. (2019). The ethics of financial social work. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 16(2).
  • Taylor, L.C., Delavega, E., Jin, S.W., Neely-Barnes, S.L., Elswick, S.E. (2019). The prevalence and correlates of food insecurity among students at a multi-campus university. Journal of Poverty doi.org/10.1080/10875549.2019.1656141
  • Goerdt, L.A., Blaalid, B., Elswick, S.E., Johnson, D.H., Delavega, E., Kindle, P.A., & Granruth, L.B. (2019). Teaching characteristics and student satisfaction: Impact on social work student interest in policy. Journal of Social Work Education 55(4), 767-776.
  • Delavega, E, Neely-Barnes, S.L., Elswick, S.E., Taylor, L.C., Pettet, F.L., & Landry, M. (2019). Preparing social work students for interprofessional team practice in health care settings.  Research on Social Work Practice, 29(5), 555-561. doi: 10.1177/1049731518804880
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E. (2018). Increasing awareness of white privilege among social work students. Multicultural Education, 26(1), 24-30.
  • Granruth, L.B., Kindle, P.A., Burford, M.L., Delavega, E., Johnson, D.H., Peterson, S., & Caplan, M.A. (2018). Changing social work students’ perceptions of the role of government in a policy class. Journal of Social Work Education, 54(1), 110-121.  
  • Delavega, E., Kindle, P. A., Peterson, S., & Schwartz, C. (2017). The blame index: Exploring the change in social work students’ perceptions of poverty. Journal of Social Work Education 53(4), 664-675.
  • Delavega, E., Lennon-Dearing, R., Neely-Barnes, S., Soifer, S., & Crawford, C. (2017). Engaged scholarship: A signature research methodology for social work. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(3), 568-576.
  • Delavega, E., (2016). The Earned Income Tax Credit: Estimating non-claims Rates among eligible participants and why it matters to social workers. Journal of Policy Practice. 15(3), 145-161.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (2016). Do social workers apply “love thy neighbor as thyself” to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transpersons in the South?” Journal of Homosexuality, 63(9):1171-93 DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1150058
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E., (2015). Policies Discriminatory of the LGBT Community: Do Social Workers Respect the NASW Code of Ethics? Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services. 27(4), 412-435. DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2015.1087266
  • Delavega, E, & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2015). Differences in housing, health, and wellbeing among HIV positive women living in poverty. Social Work in Public Health, 30(3), 294-311. DOI:10.1080/19371918.2014.1001934
  • Delavega, E., & Cheung, M. (2014). Poverty reduction through education: An analytical framework for cash transfers for education (Ch. 18). In S. Haymes, M. V. de Haymes, & R. Miller (Eds.). Routledge Handbook on Poverty and the United States. Oxford, UK: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2014). Five-way experiential learning model for social work education. Social Work Education, 33(8), 1070-1087. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2014.925538
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Zanskas, S., Delavega, M. E., & Krcek, T. (2014). Parenting with a disability and child mental health: A propensity score analysis. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 13(3), 226-246. DOI: 10.1080/1536710X.2014.912185
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Whitted, K. S., & Delavega, E. (2013). Child welfare and juvenile justice: Examining the unique mental health needs of girls. Journal of Family Social Work, 16(2), 131-147. DOI: 10.1080/10522158.2013.765326
  • Whitted, K. S., Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012). The youngest victims of violence: Examining the mental health needs of young children who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30(3), 181-195. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-012-0286-9
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2011). Child savings accounts: Learning from poverty reduction policies in the world. International Social Work, 55(1), 71-94. DOI:10.1177/0020872810392810
  • Cheung, M., Delavega, E., Castillo, I., & Walijarvi, C. (2011). Practical insights from interviews with day laborers. Journal o f Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 20(1), 77-92. DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2010.499.326
  • Bailey, J., & Delavega, M. E. (2010). Rules on the Hague and the Intercountry Adoption Act: Public comments and the state’s responsiveness. Journal of Policy Practice, 10(1), 35-50. DOI: 10.1080/15588742.2010.521920
  • Other Publications:
  • Articles in Newspapers, Edited Magazines, and Blogs:
  • Delavega, E. (2020, August 4). Contaminación, el silencioso enemigo de la CDMX en la lucha contra el COVID-19. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/contaminacion-el-silencioso-enemigo-de-la-cdmx-en-la-lucha-contra-el-covid-19-143504
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2020, July 22). Opinion: Adverse Childhood Experiences, schools and COVID. Daily Memphian. Retrieved from https://dailymemphian.com/section/opinion/article/15586/elena-delavega-gregory-miles-blumenthal-coronavirus-schools-reopening
  • Delavega, E. (2020, July 2). Mexico City buried its rivers to prevent disease and unwittingly created a dry, polluted city where COVID-19 now thrives The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/mexico-city-buried-its-rivers-to-prevent-disease-and-unwittingly-created-a-dry-polluted-city-where-covid-19-now-thrives-139622
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2020, February 3). Hispanic poverty in Memphis dropping rapidly. Daily Memphian. Retrieved from  https://dailymemphian.com/section/opinion/article/10437/hispanic-poverty-rate-in-memphis-drops
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2019, December 1). We can solve Memphis poverty. Daily Memphian. Retrieved from https://dailymemphian.com/article/9189/we-can-solve-memphis-poverty
  • McFerren, D., & Delavega, E. (2018, November 29). Memphis needs a plan for automation disruption: Opinion. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/11/29/memphis-needs-plan-automation-disruption-opinion/2126450002/
  • Delavega, E. (2017, November 27). Say no to tax cuts. The Memphis Economy. Retrieved from http://thememphiseconomy.com/news/2017/11/27/say-no-to-tax-cuts
  • Delavega, E. (2015, September 9). Why HAAMI matters. The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Retrieved from https://blogs.memphis.edu/benhooksinstitute/2015/09/09/why-haami-matters-3/
  • Delavega, E. (2013, October 3). Guest column: ACA puts health care on affordable track. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/guest-column-aca-puts-health-care-on-affordable-track-ep-307388524-326390001.html
  • Delavega, E. (2013, Fall). The Earned Income Tax Credit: An effective anti-poverty program. Or it would be if poor people were actually claiming it. Social Policy, 43(3), 8-10.
  • Delavega E. (2011, December). A waiting game. In Critical Solidarity, 10(5), 13-15.
  • Delavega, E. (2008a, Oct). Collective decision making vs. personal responsibility philosophy as they relate to substantive rights. BCR Reports, 19(2), 11.
  • Delavega, E. (2008b, Oct). Hispanic. BCR Reports, 19(2), 8.
  • Delavega E. (2008, July). Undocumented workers: Workers’ common cause. In Critical Solidarity, 8(2), 13.
  • Delavega, E. (2008, March 30). To be fair, let’s open legal immigration legally to all. Houston Chronicle, E6. Available http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Immigration-rules-penalize-poor-but-worthy-1783262.php
  • Delavega, E. (2007, August 1). Social work is the ultimate multidisciplinary discipline. Kingwood Observer, C5.
  • Reports:
  • Delavega, E. (2019). 2019 Jobs report. Retrieved from https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/poverty_fact_sheets.php
  • Delavega, E. (2018, February). In The poverty report: Memphis since MLK: How African Americans and the poor have fared in Memphis and Shelby County over the past 50 years. The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Delavega, E. (2016, June). Is Memphis the poorest city or not? Ranking Memphis poverty. Department of Social Work & Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN: Author. Retrieved from https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/2016povertyrankingsforvariouscities.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2016 June). Trends in Memphis poverty with detailed poverty tables, 2012-2014. Department of Social Work, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Delavega, E., & O’Donnell, L. (2014). 2012-2013 Kingsbury Elementary field trips to the Pink Palace Museum: Summary report. Memphis, TN: Pink Palace Family of Museums.
  • Delavega, E. (2014, January 14). “NO EXCUSES” program: Cost and benefit analysis of a reentry program. Report presented to Representative Karen D. Camper (D, Memphis) and Senator Reginald Tate (D, Memphis), as basis for HB2221 and SB1898 introduced in the 2014 session of the General Assembly, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Delavega, E. (2013, March 7). Pink Palace Education Department Nutrition Data Report. Memphis, TN: Pink Palace Family of Museums.
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012). 2011-2012 Friends For Life impact report: Demographics and outcome variables and the effects of housing. Memphis, TN: Friends For Life.
  • Fact Sheets:
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2019, September). 2019 Memphis poverty. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2019povertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2018, September). 2018 Memphis poverty. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2018povertyfactsheet.docx
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Welfare fact sheet. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2018welfarefactsheetwebversion.pdf
  • Redcay, A., Lance, R., Johnson, D., & Delavega, E., (2017). Harrisburg-Carlisle poverty fact sheet. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2017harrisburgpovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Redcay, A., Lance, R., Johnson, D., & Delavega, E., (2017). Lancaster poverty fact sheet. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2017lancasterpovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Redcay, A., Lance, R., Johnson, D., & Delavega, E., (2017). Lebanon County poverty fact sheet. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2017lebanoncountypovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Redcay, A., Lance, R., Johnson, D., & Delavega, E., (2017). Philadelphia poverty fact sheet. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2017philadelphiapovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Redcay, A., Lance, R., Johnson, D., & Delavega, E., (2017). Reading poverty fact sheet. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2017readingpovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Redcay, A., Lance, R., Johnson, D., & Delavega, E., (2017). York County poverty fact sheet. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2017yorkcountypovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2017, September). 2017 Memphis poverty. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/research/2017povertyfactsheetwebversion.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2016, November). Trends in Memphis Poverty with Detailed Poverty Tables, 2012-2015: 2016. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/2016memphisdetailedpovertytableswebversion.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2016, September). 2016 Memphis poverty. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/2016povertyfactsheetwebversion.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2016, August). Characteristics of Latinos in Memphis: 2015. [Fact Sheet]. Department of Social Work & Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Delavega, E. (2016, August). 2015 median household income rankings report. [Fact Sheet]. Department of Social Work & Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Delavega, E. (2016, May). Detailed comparative statistics by race and location: Detailed statistical table: 2014. [Fact Sheet]. Memphis, TN:  Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/benhooks/creative-works/pdfs/2014comparativedemographicsbyrace.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2015a). 2015 Memphis poverty. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/20153povertyfactsheetwebversion.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2015b). The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): A 2015 primer. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/2015eitcprimer.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014a). 2014 Memphis poverty. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/2014povertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014b). 2014 Memphis unemployment. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/2014memphisunemployment.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014c). Memphis child poverty: A brutal contrast. [Fact Sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/2014memphischildpoverty.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014d). Public transportation and earnings in Memphis. [Fact Sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/2014memphistransportation.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014e). The missing piece in Memphis’ economy. [EITC Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/non-claimratesin2011.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014f). The Racial Divergence Poverty Ratio -2014 [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/racial-divergence-poverty2014.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013a). 2013 Memphis poverty [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/um_socialwork_poverty-fact-sheet2013.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013b). Anti-poverty programs that work for workers: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) fact sheet. [Fact sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/earnedincomefactsheet_rev_4_25_13.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013c). Detailed poverty rates: 2012: Poverty rates by status, age and race - African Americans, Hispanics, and Non-Hispanic Whites in the United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, and the city of Memphis [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/2012detailed-povertyrates.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013d). The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): A primer. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/etic-primer.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013e). Press Release: New study finds EITC non-claimant rate likely double IRS estimate as Tax Day approaches: Almost 10 million people losing out on billions in tax refunds. [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/earnedincometaxcreditstaterankings040513.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2012a). 2012 Memphis poverty [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/2012memphispovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2012b). Unemployment Fact Sheet: Shelby County and the City of Memphis 2011-2012.  [Fact sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/fact_sheets/2012shelbycountyandmemphisunemploymentfactsheet.pdf
  • Translations:
  • McCarty, D. (2010). La muerte por terremoto: Los daños colaterales del neoliberalismo [Death by earthquake: Collateral damages of neoliberalism]. Translated by Elena Delavega. The Catholic Worker.
  • McCarty, D. (2009). Cuidado con la bestia: Del otro lado del debate sobre inmigración [Beware the Beast: Stories from the underside of the immigration debate]. Translated by Elena Delavega. The Catholic Worker.
  • Other Publications:
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2020). Candy & Taxes [Online Game]. Retrieved from https://candy.gmbs-consulting.com/
  • McFerren, D. R., & Delavega, E. (Eds.). (2019). Land, economic mobility, and race: The tale of two nations, one rich, one poor. Memphis, TN: Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.
  • McFerren, D. R., & Delavega, E. (Eds.). (2018). Climbing out from under the rock: Restoring civil rights, economics, and social justice in Memphis and the nation. Memphis, TN: Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.
  • McFerren, D. R., & Delavega, E. (Eds.). (2017). Bending the arc toward justice: Including the excluded. Memphis, TN: Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.
  • McFerren, D. R., & Delavega, E. (Eds.). (2016). Race, class, and social justice in Memphis: A call to bridge the great divide. Memphis, TN: Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.
  • Delavega, E. (Ed.). (2016). Proceedings of the Department of Social Work 4th Symposium: Rural & Urban Poverty &  Its Effects on Health & Mental Health: Social Work Interventions. University of Memphis Department of Social Work. Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Delavega, E. (Ed.). (2015). Proceedings of the Department of Social Work 3rd Symposium: 150 Years after Appomattox: Social Work & the Reconstruction of Human Dignity. University of Memphis Department of Social Work. Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Delavega, E. (Ed.). (2014). Proceedings from the Department of Social Work 2nd Symposium: Social Work Practice: At the Intersection of Advocacy and Ethics. University of Memphis Department of Social Work. Memphis, TN: Author.
  • Bresler, L., Brisson, D., Delavega, E., & Rothwell, D. (2013) Encountering poverty: Concepts and interventions for social workers [Syllabus for MSW Elective on Poverty]. Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison. June 2-6, Madison WI. Retrieved from http://www.irp.wisc.edu/newsevents/workshops/teachingpoverty101/participants/WorkingGroup/SocialWorkGroupSyllabus.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (Ed.). (2012). Proceedings from the Department of Social Work Inaugural Symposium: The Next Hundred Years in Social Work: Social Work and Engagement for Social and Economic Justice. University of Memphis Department of Social Work. Memphis, TN: Author.
Presentations
  • PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
  • International Juried Presentations:
  • Pentaraki, M., Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2020). Symposium: Challenging victim blaming attitudes towards people in poverty: The role of social work education and the development of an anti-poverty network. Paper accepted, not presented due to COVID cancellation at the Joint World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development (SWESD), June 28-July, Rimini, Italy.
  • Blumenthal, G.M., & Delavega, E. (2020). Neoliberal policies, social disinvestment, and community poverty risk. Poster accepted, not presented due to COVID cancellation at the Joint World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development (SWESD), June 28-July, Rimini, Italy.
  • Delavega, E. (2019). The benefits of increasing access to museums for disadvantaged elementary-school children. Paper accepted, not presented, to the Inclusive Museum Conference. November 7-9, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Delavega, E. (2019). Culture of poverty: Using social work to support the neoliberalist superstructure. Paper presented at the European Association of Schools of Social Work Conference. June 4-7, Madrid, Spain.
  • Price, A., & Delavega, E. (2019). Mass media as a social work tool to promote democracy and justice. Paper presented at the European Association of Schools of Social Work Conference. June 4-7, Madrid, Spain.
  • Delavega, E. (2019). Culture of poverty interventions to address rural poverty: Further marginalization? Paper presented at the Poverty and Social Protection Conference, March 9-11, Bangkok Thailand.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). The “culture of poverty” and blaming the poor. Presentation sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General Naha. August 9, Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
  • Wrobel, S., & Delavega, E. (2018). Memphis school blues: Poverty and lack of access to good schools. Paper presented at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s 2nd International Conference on Education and Poverty. March 21-23, Villarrica, Chile.
  • Leech, A., & Delavega, E. (2018). The intersection between poverty, education, and health outcomes: What the poor don’t know can hurt them. Paper presented at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s 2nd International Conference on Education and Poverty. March 21-23, Villarrica, Chile.
  • Delavega, E. (2014). Testing the Culture of Poverty: Best practices or greater marginalization? Paper accepted at the International Conference on Community Empowerment, Coping, Resilience, and Hope, December 14-16, Hyderabad, India.
  • Delavega, E. (2014). Eating her words: Ruby Payne's hidden rules and choice – A sandwich experiment. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, July 9-12, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (2013). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women. Poster presented at the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit, September 25-27, Montréal, Québec.
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  • National & State Juried Presentations:
  • Landry, M., Delavega, E., & Neely-Barnes, S.L. (2020). Student attitudes toward professional roles on interdisciplinary teams: Where do I fit?. Poster accepted for presentation at the 66th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, November, Virtual Conference.
  • Neely-Barnes, S.L., & Delavega, E. (2020). Training second-year MSW students to improve cultural competency. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 15-19, Washington, DC.
  • Landry, M., & Delavega, E. (2019). The Earned Income Tax Credit: Social workers promoting human wellbeing. Poster presented at the 65th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, October 24-27, Denver, CO.
  • Taylor, L., Delavega, E., Landry, M., & Neely-Barnes, S.L. (2019). Evaluating supervision in an interdisciplinary behavioral health training program. Poster presented at the 64th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, October 24-27, Denver, CO.
  • Delavega, E., Entzminger, J., & Freeman, K. (2019). Fighting poverty in a segregated city. The Atlantic Forum: Building Opportunity for All, April 23, Memphis, TN.
  • Burraston, B., McCutcheon, J., & Delavega, E. (2019). Infant mortality: The intersection of inequality and disadvantage. Paper accepted, not presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 10-13, Atlanta, GA.
  • Delavega, E., Elswick, S.E., & Hirschi, M. (2019). Sharing research results with the larger public: Dealing effectively with the mass media. Workshop presented at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 16-20, San Francisco, CA.
  • Malone, C., Taylor, L., Delavega, E., & Neely-Barnes, S.L. (2018). The challenges in designing training for field supervisors in interprofessional education. Poster presented at the 64th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, November 8-11, Orlando, FL.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Poverty and democracy (or lack thereof). Paper presented at the Human Science Institute, September 14-16, San Francisco, CA.
  • Delavega, E., & Elswick, S. E. (2018). Solving rural challenges in social work education: Non-traditional field placement options. Paper accepted for presentation, not presented, at the 43rd National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 18-20, Murray, KY.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). The Earned Income Tax Credit: Leaving money on the table. Paper presented at the Policy Conference 2.0: Influencing Social Policy The Next 20 Years! May 31-June 2, St. Louis, MO.
  • Kindle, P.A., & Delavega, E. (2018). Inclusion, immigration, and social justice: A political challenge. Paper accepted for presentation, not presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Inc., March 14-18, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Delavega, E., Kindle, P. A., & Elswick, S. E. (2018). Belief in a just world: Preparation for social/political change. Paper accepted for presentation, not presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Inc., March 14-18, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Lyons, A., Cohen, G., Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2018). Earned Income Tax Credit: Unequal access and unequal outcomes. Poster presented at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 10-14. Washington, DC.
  • Delavega, E., Heard. C., & Kindle, P. A. (2018). Opportunity for equity in the community: Museum field trips for disadvantaged children. Poster presented to the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 10-14. Washington, DC.
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E. (2017). Culture and relationships: Ethical challenges and rurality. Paper presented at the 63rd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, October 19-22. Dallas, Texas.
  • Mangum-Johnson, B., Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2017). Social work education to meet the cultural challenges of our changing demographics. Poster presented at the 63rd Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, October 19-22. Dallas, Texas.
  • Delavega, E., Taylor, L., & Neely-Barnes S. L. (2017). Educating social workers to meet 21st century challenges in healthcare: Interprofessional education. Poster presented at the 63rd Annual Program Meeting, October 19-22. Dallas, Texas.
  • Delavega, E., Neely-Barnes, S. L., Pettet, F., & Malone, C. (2017). Food Insecurity among College Students: Do Rural Students Experience Higher Rates? Presented at the 42nd National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 19-21. Jackson, TN.
  • Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2017). Understanding welfare economics. Paper presented at the 42nd  National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 19-21. Jackson, TN.
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E. (2017). Blaming in the rural context. Paper presented at the 42nd  National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 19-21. Jackson, TN.
  • Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2017).  Helping the working poor in the post-Trump era: The EITC. Paper presented at the Policy Conference 2.0, June 1-3. St. Louis, MO.
  • Delavega, E. (2017, April 20). Assessing attitudes toward poverty: The Blaming Index. NEDTalks. University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9VWi1da3tI
  • Goerdt, L.A., Delavega, E., & Johnson, D.H. (2017). Characteristics of effective policy instructors in social work.. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Inc., March 1-5. New Orleans, LA.
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E. (2017). Food, poverty, and politics: Social work’s ethical obligations. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Inc., March 1-5. New Orleans, LA.
  • Delavega, E., Kindle, P. A., & Cohen, G. (2017). Back to the future: Teaching economics in the social work curriculum. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Inc., March 1-5. New Orleans, LA.
  • Lyons, A., Cohen, G., & Delavega, E. (2017). Dealing With The Realities of Welfare: Undergraduates and Tax Policy. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, Inc., March 1-5, New Orleans, LA.
  • Delavega, E, Kindle, P. A., Johnson, D. H., & Elswick, S. (2016). Building a collaborative: The Social Welfare Research Consortium. Panel presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 3-6, Atlanta, GA.
  • Pettet, F., Delavega, E., & Elswick, S. (2016). Addressing new paradigms: Social work professional identity and interprofessional teams. Interactive poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 3-6. Atlanta, GA.
  •  Elliott, S., Pettet, F., & Delavega, E. (2016).Teaching collaborative leadership for effective interprofessional health-care teams. Interactive poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 3-6. Atlanta, GA.
  • Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2016). Does the color of the state affect the likelihood to take food stamps. Paper presented at the 41st National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 6-8. El Paso, TX.
  • Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2016). Rural food poverty and food stamp non-claim rates. Paper presented at the 41st National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 6-8, El Paso. TX.
  • Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2016). Candy & taxes: Teaching tax policy in the social work curriculum. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, March 30-April 3. Dallas, TX.
  • Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2016). The blame game: Student attitudes toward poverty. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, March 30-April 3, Dallas, TX.
  • Pettet, F., Delavega, E., Elswick, S., & Neely Barnes, S. L. (2016). Assessing student outcomes of a behavioral health training program in social work. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Conference Anniversary Celebration of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 13-17, Washington, DC.
  • Delavega, E. (2016).  Social work and the Earned Income Tax Credit: Increasing participation rates. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Conference Anniversary Celebration of the Society for Social Work and Research, January 13-17, Washington, DC.
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E. (2015). Can you see the bootstraps? Changing social work students' perceptions of poverty.  Interactive Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 15-18, Denver, CO.
  • Tower, L. E., Sloan, L., Cross-Denny, B., Delavega, E., & Miller, C. R.  (2015). Effecting change: The teaching of anti-oppressive techniques. CSWE Connect Session presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 15-18, Denver, CO.
  • Delavega, E. (2015). Culture of poverty interventions to address rural poverty: Further marginalization? Paper presented at the 40th National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 15-17, Vermillion, SD.
  • Delavega, E., & Elswick, S.  (2015). Building social, cultural, and economic capital through alternative social work field placements.  Paper presented at the 40th National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas, July 15-17, Vermillion, SD.
  • Delavega, E. (2015). Teaching “Culture of Poverty” in social work may contribute to social disintegration. Special Call Workshop on Human Rights and Social Justice presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, March 4-8, 2015, Kansas City, MO. 
  • Delavega, E., & Kindle, P. A. (2015). Changing student perceptions in social welfare policy class. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, March 4-8, 2015, Kansas City, MO. 
  • Elswick, S., Delavega, E., Soifer, S., & Claiborne, J. (2014). The benefits and challenges of non-traditional field placements in social work education. Think Tank presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 23-October 26, Tampa, FL.
  • Delavega, E., Kindle, P. A., & Schneider, G. (2014). Indirect measures of student competencies: Diversity in practice and human rights & justice. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 23-October 26, Tampa, FL.
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014). Social workers’ perspective on proposed legislation that discriminates against LGBT equality. Poster presented at the National Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, July 23-26, Washington, DC.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (2014). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women. Poster accepted at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 15-19. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Crawford, C., Valentine-Phillips, V., Delavega, E., & Blackwell, N. (2013). Candy and taxes: Teaching tax policy in the social work curriculum. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 31–November 3, 2013, Dallas, TX.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Addressing inequality through conditional cash transfer policy: Single systems designs and statistical approaches for analysis. Poster  accepted but not presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, April 24-26, 2013, Atlanta, GA.
  • Delavega, E., Shelton, M., Edwards, C., and Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012). Making policy real: Experiential-learning policy practice for the social work curriculum. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 9-12, Washington, D.C.
  • Crawford, C., Neely-Barnes, S., & Delavega, E. (2012). Engaged scholarship: Sustainable collaboration as the holy grail of social work praxis. Panel presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 9-12, Washington, D.C.
  • Wrobel, S., & Delavega, E. (2012). Memphis school blues: Race, economics, and school disciplinary policies. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA), October 3-6, Coral Gables, Florida.
  • Cheung, M., LaChapelle, A., & Delavega, E. (2011). Experiential application of transtheoretical integration through a five-way learning model. Paper and skills workshop presented at  the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 27-30, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Delavega, E. (2011). Do Education-Targeted Cash Transfers in the global context promote economic and social development? Juried Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 12-16. Tampa, Florida.
  • Regev, T, & Delavega, E. (2010). Capacity Assessment and Treatment (CAT): Demonstrating an innovative process in social work. Juried Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 14-17. Portland, Oregon.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, E. (2010). Capacity Assessment and Treatment (CAT) model: A holistic approach in social work practice with frail older adults. Juried Paper presented at the 34th Annual State Conference, NASW/Texas, October 8-10. Houston, Texas.
  • Delavega, E. (2010). Beyond Bourdieu: Symbolic capital and the implications for a more just society. Juried Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), April 21-24. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, E. (2010). Decision-making capacity in vulnerable elders: Teaching the development of a new assessment model. Juried Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), March 4-7. Reno, Nevada.
  • Delavega, E., & Cheung, M. (2009). Child savings accounts: Examining poverty remediation through education. Juried Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 6-9. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, E. (2009, October 15). Decision-making capacity in vulnerable elders: Practical application of an innovative model. Juried Paper presented at the 33rd NASW/ Texas Conference: Social Work: Purpose and Possibility, October 15-17. Forth Worth, Texas.
  • Delavega, E. (2009, April 4). Minimum wage and the geography of cost of living: Addressing rural/urban differentials. Juried Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), April 1-4. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Delavega, E. (2009). Internalized symbolic capital and day labor: Setting the discourse through a conceptual theoretical framework. Juried Paper presented at the Fifth Doctoral Student Research Symposium, March 5. Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.
  • Delavega, E. (2009). Problems with dementia assessment in non-English speaking geriatric populations: An institutional-focused educational approach in social work. Juried Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), February 28, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, M. E. (2008). Decision-making capacity in vulnerable elders: An innovative approach in an interdisciplinary team setting. Juried Paper presentation at the 32nd NASW –Texas Conference: Building on Strengths, November 6-8. Galveston, Texas.
  • Delavega, M. E., & Cheung, M. (2008). Needs and concerns of day laborers: Practice implications from client dialogues. Juried Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 1. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Delavega, M. E., & McCarty, D. (2008). Is NAFTA a lie?: Immigration, globalization, and the new conflicts of class warfare in North America.  Juried Paper presentation at the Social Welfare Action Alliance Conference, April 4-6, Houston, Texas.
  • Delavega, E. (2008). Addressing urban and rural cost of living differentials through a minimum-wage policy initiative. Juried Paper presented at the Fourth Doctoral Student Research Symposium, March 27. Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.
  • Delavega, E. (2007).  Does a high state minimum wage cause high unemployment? Juried Paper presented at the Third Doctoral Student Research Symposium, March 22, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.
  • Delavega, E., & Martinez, B. (2006). Coding public comments to the proposed rules on intercountry adoption. Juried Poster presented at the Fifth University of Houston-Downtown Student Research Conference, April 21. University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX.
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  • Invited Presentations:
  • Delavega, E. (2020). Poverty: Working with families, not against them. Shelby County Schools Mental Health Center Professional Development Conference, August 24-September 3. Virtual Conference.
  • Crawford, A., Toste, J., Delavega, E. & McCormick, A. (2020). Racial equity, accountability and leadership of social work practice during COVID: Impact on education. Virtual Webinar Panel. National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter. ASW Texas.
  • Delavega, E. (2020). Poverty and disparities in Memphis. The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Training for the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service. July 31-31. Virtual Training.
  • Orgel, B., Robertson, E., Delavega, E., & Carey, A. (2020). Working to create a better Memphis through revitalization and economic development. TI Talks: Crosstown Co ncourse, February 19, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E., Fisher, E.J., Mckinney, C., & Thomas, W.C. (2020). Panel discussion: Continuing the legacy: MLK’s economic agenda. 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc.: MLK Day 2020, January 20, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2020). Poverty as an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition, January 8, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2019). Ethics and social justice. Mental Health America (MHA), December 12, Memphis, TN. CANCELED EVENT.
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2019). Shelby County poverty and public transportation. Shelby County Commission, December 4, Shelby County, TN.
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2019). A living wage for Memphis. Voice of Reason Meeting, December 2, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2019). An overview of Memphis poverty and the Orange Mound report, November 21, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2019). Beyond food insecurity. Food for Thought Series, Ned McWherter Library at the University of Memphis. November 14, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2019). Poverty and what to do about it. MICAH Class, October 23, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E., & Blumenthal, G.M. (2019). Poverty and the Memphis environment. Sierra Club Public Interest Meeting, October 17, Memphis, TN.
  • Emmons, W.R., Delavega, E., Waddell, D.S., & Ricketts, L.R. (2019). Aspects of wealth inequality and opportunity. Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, October 16, Memphis, TN.
  • Letellier, F., & Delavega, E. (2019). Poverty and Exclusion. Paris Summer School, Ecole Practique de Service Social, July 1-24, Paris, France.
  • Brooks-Conley, D., Burgess, T., Delavega, E., Thomas, W., & Cooper, D. (2019). The case for $15 by 2020. A virtual town hall sponsored by United Campus Workers at the University of Memphis, April 29, Memphis, TN.  
  • Delavega, E. (2019). Exploring poverty: An experiential engagement. Hope in Action Conference, May 7, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2019). Culture of poverty: How to understand the behaviors of the poor. Hope in Action Conference, May 7, Memphis, TN.
  • Emmons, W.R., Delavega, E., Washington, G., Ray, D.C., Gray, C. (2019). Economic challenges facing black men and boys: Beyond the data to lived experience. Panel presented by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis, February 19, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E., Bonner, F., Powell, B., & Michael, D. (2019). Crime, Poverty, and Justice: A Call for Equitable Policy Reform in Government. Panel Discussion, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. January 30, Memphis, TN.
  • McFerren, D. R., & Delavega, E. (2018). The robots are ready! Are we? Automation, race, and the workforce. Paper presented at the Hooks Open House, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis, November 15, Memphis, TN.
  • Bailey, W., Crump, B., Norman, K., Sawyer, T., Delavega, E., & Mays, C. (2018). Tennessee vs. Garner: What did we learn and what has changed. Ben F. Jones Chapter, National Bar Association & Democratic Women of Shelby County. October 12, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Ansiedad y la comunidad inmigrante [Anxiety and the immigrant community]. Church Health Center. September 27, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Poverty and homelessness. Temple Israel’s TI Talks. September 26, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Memphis poverty and the “culture of poverty”. Presentation to psychology and pre-doctoral interns, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. September 7, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Blaming the poor. NASW-TN West Branch Lunch and Learn, June 21, Memphis, TN.
  • Others . . . & Delavega, E. (2018). Panel on jobs and poverty. Memphis and the Tri-State Area Jobs for All Town Hall Meeting organized by TN Representative Barbara Cooper and the National Jobs for all Coalition. June 9, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Memphis poverty and the “culture of poverty” and social disintegration. Presentation to the Rotary Club of Memphis Central (RCMC #3931). March 9, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). The “culture of poverty” & social disintegration. Presentation to psychology and pre-doctoral interns, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. February 23, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Memphis poverty presentation to City Council. Budget Committee Meeting of the Memphis City Council. February 6, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Poverty & welfare: Where do we go from here? Junior League of Memphis Training. January 31, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2017). Memphis poverty. Monthly Meeting of the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope [MICAH]. November 14, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2017). Memphis poverty and the advocate’s role. Monthly Advocate’s Meeting of the Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. September 22, Memphis, TN.
  • Weddle-West, K., Chiego, J., Cross, B., Delavega, E., Goudsouzian, A., Menson-Furr, L., Parrill-Baker, A., Pierce, C., & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. (2017). Teaching effectiveness. Panel presented at the New Faculty Orientation, University of Memphis, August, 23, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2017). An American social worker in Paris: What can we learn from the French system of social protection? NASW-TN West Branch Lunch and Learn, Aug 17, Memphis, TN.
  • Okwumabua, T., & Delavega, E. (2017). Diversity in the family unit. Professional Development Conference 2017 for Mental Health Professionals. Shelby County Schools, August 2, Arlington, TN.
  • Weddle-West, K., Martindale, T., Danehower, C., Delavega, E., de Velasco, A., Wilson, J, & Lee, S. (2016). Teaching effectiveness. Panel presented at the New Faculty Orientation, University of Memphis, August, 16, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2016). Working with Hispanic families. Workshop presented at the Shelby County Schools Professional Development Conference, Mental Health, Essentials of Safety and Wellness for the Whole Child, August 2, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2015). Hispanics in Memphis: Understanding the local Latino community. Workshop presented at the 2015 Congreso: The Latino Memphis Conference, September 14, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2015). Characteristics of students who choose to help others. Presented at the University of Memphis’ Great Conversations, April 9, Memphis, TN.
  • Baldwin, J., & Rowan, N. (2015). Using collaborative conversations to facilitate professor/student discussions on religion, values, and sexual orientation. Panel demonstration at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, March 4-8, 2015, Kansas City, MO. 
  • Delavega, E. (2014). The bro code: How contemporary culture creates sexist men. Panel discussion of film. One Billion Rising for Justice: A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls, February 9, Memphis, TN. 
  • Delavega, E. (2014). EITC in 2013. EITC Awareness Day Media Event Hosted by United Way, Bank On Memphis, Congressman Steve Cohen, Mayor A. C. Wharton, and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir, January 31, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Delegate Assembly 2014. Presentation to the Executive Board, National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Chapter. September 14, Nashville, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Neurocognitive Disorders/ Sexual Dysfunctions/ Gender Dsyphoria. DSM-5 Training: DSM-5: What You Need to Know. September 6. University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Complexity of Complexion. Panel speaker. Invited by the Kappa Beta Chapter of ??? & U of NAACP. University of Memphis, February 25, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? Why does it matter? Invited by Lausanne Collegiate School, November 20, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? Why it matters to social workers. Invited by Shelby County Health Department, October 12, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? Why it matters to social workers. Invited by BRIDGES, October 10. Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? What does this mean for social workers and their clients? Presented at the National Association of Social Workers West Branch Lunch and Learn, August 16. Memphis, TN.

  • Gomez-Horton, L., Barceleau, J., Aguirre, R., Villanueva, N., & Delavega, E. (2009). Immigration in the 81st Texas legislature: The Social Work Perspective. Invited paper presented at the 33rd NASW/ Texas Conference: Social Work: Purpose and Possibility, October 15-17. Forth Worth, Texas.
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2009). Family & child savings accounts: Designing poverty reduction strategies in the global context. Invited by the 20th Annual Family Preservation Conference, September 9-11. Houston, Texas.
  • Jordan, C., Boutte-Queen N. M., Eldredge, S., Ferrales, D., Lenert, L., Gleason-Wynn, P., Reibenstein, C., & Delavega, M. E. (2008). Delegate Assembly 2008: Strengthening the collective voice of social workers. Paper presentation at the 32nd NASW –Texas Conference: Building on Strengths, November 6-8. Galveston, Texas.
  • Villanueva, N, Barceleau, J., & Delavega, M. E. (2008). Immigration: Social work voices for advocacy and action. Paper presentation at the 32nd NASW –Texas Conference: Building on Strengths, November 6-8. Galveston, Texas.
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  • Keynote Addresses:
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Master class: Racial disparities and white privilege. Lumina Foundation. October 29, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Keynote address. Creating a world in which all children can dream. University of Memphis 1st Annual Forum on Adversity and Resilience: Engaging Researchers, Families, and Communities to Promote Health Equity in Memphis. April 20, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Keynote address. Memphis Christian Pastors Network. April 16, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2018). The poverty forum: Memphis since MLK. National Civil Rights Museum. February 27, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2017). Keynote address: In a globalized world, who is in charge, and how do we intervene? Indiana University School of Social Work’s 21st Annual Ph.D. Spring Symposium. April 28, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Delavega, E. (2016). Plenary II address: Civil rights in our age. Mississippi Valley State University’s 37th Annual Social Work Conference. April 6-7, Greenwood, MS.
  • Delavega, E. (2016). Keynote address: Courage in the face of entrenched poverty. Millersville University School of Social Work’s Learning Institute: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change. June 8-10, Lancaster, PA.
  • Delavega, E. (2016). Keynote address. 3rd Annual Social for Justice, Partners in Health Engage Memphis. March 26, Memphis, TN.
  • Video Presentations and TED Talks
  • Delavega, E. (2018). Assessing poverty attributions with the Blame Index. TEDx Memphis January 6, Memphis, TN.

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7031001 - Rural and Urban Poverty
  • SWRK7032001 - Advanced Community Practice in Social Work with Children, Youth, and Families
  • SWRK7032002 - Advanced Community Practice in Social Work with Children, Youth, and Families
  • SWRK 7030001 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SWRK 7030002 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SWRK 7022201 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • SWRK7070201 - Independent Study
Appendix B - Student Advising/Mentoring
  • 2020-2021 - Advising, Assigned –5 MSW students; Mentoring, Assigned – Melissa Hirschi, Assistant professor of Social Work; Minhae Cho, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Field Supervision – 1 MSW student; Research Mentoring – Rosa Mena
  • 2019-2020 - Advising, Assigned –20 MSW students; Mentoring, Assigned – Melissa Hirschi, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Minhae Cho, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Field Supervision – 2 MSW students; Research Mentoring –2 PhD students (Rosa Mena and Abram Lyons)
  • 2018-2019 - Advising, Assigned –20 MSW students; Mentoring, Assigned – Melissa Hirschi, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Field Supervision – 2 MSW students; Research Mentoring –2 PhD students (Rosa Mena and Abram Lyons)
  • 2017-2018 - Advising, Assigned –18 MSW students; Mentoring, Assigned – Melissa Hirschi, Assistant Professor of Social Work; Mentoring, Unassigned – 1 HAAMI Student (BA in Psychology); Field Supervision – 2 MSW students; Research Mentoring – 3 MSW students (Abram Lyons, Graham Cohen, Chelsea Heard)
  • 2016-2017 - Advising, Assigned –20 MSW students; Mentoring, Unassigned –2 MSW students, 1 HAAMI Student (BA in Psychology); Field Supervision – 2 MSW students; Research Mentoring-3 MSW students (Abram Lyons, Graham Cohen, Chelsea Heard)
  • 2015-2016 Advising, Assigned – 20 MSW students Mentoring, Unassigned – 1 MSW student, 1 BA in SW Student, 1 HAAMI Student (BA in Psychology) Field Supervision – 6 MSW students
  • 2014-2015 - Advising, Assigned – 18 MSW students Mentoring, Unassigned – 6 MSW students, 1 BA in SW Student Field Supervision – 3 MSW students
  • 2013-2014 - Formally advise eighteen (18) assigned MSW students at least once per semester. Informally (unassigned) advise and mentor four (4) students and two (2) alumni. Serve as a field supervisor and mentor for six (6) additional students.
  • 2012-2013 - Formally advised thirteen (13) assigned MSW students at least once per semester. Informally (unassigned) advised and mentored fourteen (14) students. Served as a field supervisor and mentor for one (1) additonal student.
  • 2011-2012 - Formally advised nine (9) assigned MSW students at least once per semester. Informally (unassigned) advised and mentored two (2) students.
  • Informal (unassigned) advising and mentoring involves meeting with the students and providing support and guidance, as well as instruction in writing and other relevant soft and hard skills. Additionally, I encourage students to write for media and journals and to submit papers and abstracts to conferences, while offering guidance in the writing and submission process.
Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
  • MEDIA INTERVIEWS
  • Wilborn, Q. (2020, August 24). Bridging the Divide: Persistent poverty puts home ownership out of reach for many Memphians. Channel 3 News. Retrieved from https://wreg.com/news/bridging-the-divide-persistent-poverty-puts-home-ownership-out-of-reach-for-many-memphians/
  • Masse, J. (2020, June 23). Restaurant owners concerned by possibility of moving back to Phase One. FOX 13 News. Retrieved from  https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/local/restaurant-owners-concerned-by-possibility-moving-back-phase-one/XSLT2DWFZZAJZGGBABY46ENATA/
  • Masse, J. (2020, June 23). Rise in consumer spending in Tenn. doesn’t mean the economy is back to normal, professor says. FOX 13 News. Retrieved from  https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/local/rise-consumer-spending-tenn-doesnt-mean-economy-is-back-normal-professor-says/KZATOF6VJBHBZB7JVS4H3HSFJA/
  • Watts, M. (2020, July 27). Pediatric coronavirus cases, hospitalizations are rising in Memphis as parents decide on a return to school. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/local/coronavirus/2020/07/27/memphis-covid-19-cases-and-hospitalizations-rising-among-children/5496535002/
  • Arthur, S. (2020, May 7). Study shows Hispanic, African-American people hit hardest by unemployment amid pandemic. Channel 3 News. Retrieved from https://wreg.com/news/study-shows-hispanic-african-american-people-hit-hardest-by-unemployment-amid-pandemic/
  • Smith, M. (2020, April 29). Poverty in a pandemic. Memphis Flyer. Retrieved from https://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/poverty-in-a-pandemic/Content?oid=22903840
  • Sanders Wells, D. (2020, April 23). The coronavirus pandemic’s unequal burden on African Americans: A plague is being visited on all of us, but not evenly. The Christian Century. Retrieved from https://www.christiancentury.org/article/opinion/coronavirus-pandemic-s-unequal-burden-african-americans
  • Kim, H. (2020, March 10). Black families are struggling to keep the lights on in Memphis. Zora-Medium.com. Retrieved from https://zora.medium.com/black-families-are-struggling-to-keep-the-lights-on-in-memphis-7c7d27edb8c0
  • Testino, L. (2020, March 8). Coronavirus could disproportionately affect the working poor. Here’s why and what to do. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2020/03/08/coronavirus-could-affect-working-poor-heres-why-and-what-do/4963854002/
  • Weathersbee, T. (2020, February 23). Callousness or convenience? MLGW's arrangement with payday lenders point to a deeper issue. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/columnists/tonyaa-weathersbee/2020/02/23/mlgw-payday-lender-deeper-problem-memphis/4828934002/
  • Herrera, A. (2020, February 6). Memphis, Shelby County release 2019 poverty fact sheet. WMC Action News 5. Retrieved from https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2020/02/06/memphis-shelby-county-release-poverty-fact-sheet/
  • Risher, W. (2020, January 28). Wanted: 1,000 workers to boss around Amazon robots. Daily Memphian. Retrieved from https://dailymemphian.com/article/10310/amazon-plans-to-hire-workers-could-impact-fedex-ups
  • Jones, T. (2020, January 23). Elena Delavega: Memphis’ poverty and equity expert. Smart City Memphis Retrieved from  http://www.smartcitymemphis.com/2020/01/elena-delavega-memphis-poverty-and-equity-expert/
  • Smith, M. (2020, January 7). Group supports $20 transit fee to fund MATA, promote equity. Memphis Flyer. Retrieved from https://www.memphisflyer.com/NewsBlog/archives/2020/01/07/group-supports-20-transit-fee-to-fund-mata-promote-equity
  • Smith, M. (2020, January 5). Poverty expert: Funding transit ‘critical’ in bringing Memphians out of poverty. Memphis Flyer. Retrieved from https://www.memphisflyer.com/NewsBlog/archives/2019/12/05/poverty-expert-funding-transit-critical-in-bringing-memphians-out-of-poverty
  • Garriss, K. (2020, January 2). FOX 13 investigates: Will new jobs coming to Memphis actually benefit the community? FOX 13 News. Retrieved from https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/local/fox13-investigates-will-new-jobs-coming-memphis-actually-benefit-community/HGZOTKNRH5BQBERYMKHDQK4LC4/
  • Moore, L.A. (2019, December 4). MICAH presents plan to raise millions for MATA. Daily Memphian. Retrieved from https://dailymemphian.com/article/9276/micah-presents-plan-to-raise-millions-for-mata
  • Jacobson, S. (2019, December 4). Group proposes new car fees to fund MATA with county mayor’s support. WREG News Channel 3. Retrieved from https://wreg.com/2019/12/04/group-proposes-new-car-fees-to-fund-mata-with-county-mayors-support/
  • Tidwell, K. (2019, November 15). Social work professor teaches students about food insecurity and poverty. The Daily Helmsman. Retrieved from http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/news/social-work-professor-teaches-students-about-food-insecurity-and-poverty/article_9dad6622-0725-11ea-8cb1-f362a9b8ca06.html
  • Spiewak, J. (2019, November 5). Fox 13 investigates: Why is poverty getting worse? Fox 13. Retrieved from https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/fox13-investigates-why-is-poverty-in-memphis-getting-worse/638237214/
  • Weathersbee, T. (2019, October 14). Strickland’s challenge? Beat poverty and crime by building mass transit. Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2019/10/14/mayor-jim-strickland-reelection-memphis-poverty-mata-transportation/3927792002/
  • Barnes, E. (2019, October 3). The Extra Podcast: Poverty and what can be done to address it. Daily Memphian. Retrieved from https://dailymemphian.com/article/7830/The-Extra-Podcast-Poverty-and-what-can-be-done-to-address-it
  • Cook, K. (2019, September 27). Poverty Rate increases in Memphis and Shelby County. WMC Action News 5, Memphis, TN. Retrieved from https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/09/28/poverty-rate-increases-memphis-shelby-county/
  • Stockard, S. (2019, September 26). Report: Shelby County, Memphis poverty increases despite good economy. Daily Memphian. Retrieved from https://dailymemphian.com/article/7737/Report-Shelby-County-Memphis-poverty-increases-despite-good-economy
  • Evanoff, T. (2019, September 25). Memphis has a moral compass but needs a vision to pay for it. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/money/2019/09/25/memphis-employment-vision-jobs-elections-suburban-growth/2389221001/
  • Evanoff, T. (2019 date). Memphis lost 3,000 employed black men. Where did they go? The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/storymoney/2019/09/19/memphis-employment-black-males-brain-drain
  • Cook, K. (2019, May 21). New report shows more senior citizens in the Mid-south living below the poverty line. WMC Action News 5, Memphis, TN. Retrieved from https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/05/21/new-report-shows-more-senior-citizens-mid-south-living-below-poverty-line/
  • Pierre, J. (2019, April 26). New scholarship for UofM students to provide major relief for those in need. Fox 13 News. Retrieved from https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/new-scholarship-for-uofm-students-to-provide-major-relief-for-those-in-need/943961755
  • Hardiman, S. (2019, April 23). At forum on racial inequality, Strickland says Memphis needs to grow. Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from https://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2019/04/23/at-forum-on-racial-inequality-strickland-says.html
  • Garriss, K. (2019, April 15). Two companies expanding footprint Memphis, creating new jobs. Fox 13 News. Retrieved from https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/two-companies-expanding-footprint-in-memphis-creating-new-jobs/940455146
  • Weathersbee, T. (2019, April 4). Will robots replace logistics workers in Memphis? Not if they learn how to fix them, experts say. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2019/04/04/robots-replace-logistics-workers-memphis/3345221002/
  • WMCActionNews5.com Staff (2019, April 3). Poverty declines in Memphis, one year after MLK50. WMC Action News 5, Memphis, TN. Retrieved from https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2019/04/04/progress-made-fight-against-poverty-memphis-one-year-after-mlk/
  • Lowe, Z. (2019, March 26). County Commission passes resolution encouraging $15 minimum wage in public sector. WREG News Channel 3. Retrieved from https://wreg.com/2019/03/26/county-commission-passes-resolution-to-raise-minimum-wage-to-15/
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  • Garriss, K. (2019, January 24). Government shutdown affecting Memphis economy, expert says. Fox 13 News. Retrieved from https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/government-shutdown-affecting-memphis-economy-expert-says/909620720
  • Peterson, L. (2018, Nov. 30). Memphis residents will gather on World AIDS Day. The Daily Helmsman, pp. 2, 4.
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  • Conley, M., Coleman, A., & Taylor, E. (2018, Feb. 23). Memphis: The poorest area in America. WREG Channel 3 News Live at 9. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/f_2f33v9fhk
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  • Ramirez, F. (2018, Feb. 19). Memphis food deserts diminish health for low-income residents. The Daily Helmsman. Retrieved February 21, 2018 from http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/news/memphis-food-deserts-diminish-health-for-low-income-residents/article_3396429a-15b9-11e8-8663-479b305494dc.html
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  • WMCActionNews5.com Staff. (2018, February 6). New data finds Memphis is poorest large metro in America. WMC Action News 5. Retrieved from http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/37442278/new-data-finds-memphis-is-poorest-large-metro-in-america
  • Hicks, A. (2018, January 4). Disabled Americans more likely to be poor and ignored. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/01/04/disabled-americans-more-likely-poor-and-ignored/1002839001/
  • Jacobson, S. (2017, Dec. 12). Dollar General employee accused of pocketing $20,000 in gift cards. WREG News Channel 3. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2017/12/11/dollar-general-employee-accused-of-pocketing-20000-in-gift-cards/
  • Weathersbee, T. (2017, Nov. 14).  Gun violence: Poverty and negligence conspire to kill children. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2017/11/14/children-gun-death-accidental-shooting-robin-keefer-memphis-weathersbee/857448001/
  • Spiewak, J. (2017, November 5). FOX13 Investigates: Why is poverty in Memphis getting worse? Fox 13 Memphis. Retrieved from http://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/fox13-investigates-why-is-poverty-in-memphis-getting-worse/638237214
  • Peagler, A. (2017, Oct. 8). Memphis poverty numbers released, child poverty rate at 44.7 %. ABC: Local 24. Retrieved from http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/poverty-and-child-poverty-rates-increase-in-memphis-according-to-2017-study/830511102
  • Lowe, Z. (2017, Oct. 6). Statistics show poverty increasing in Memphis in 2016. WREG Memphis. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2017/10/06/memphis-has-highest-poverty-child-poverty-rate-in-nation/
  • Wright, L. (2017, Oct. 5). Contemporary and social issues to be discussed at open house event. The Daily Helmsman, p. 3.
  • McKenzie, K. (2017, May 1).  'A Day Without Immigrants' mobilizes, unites groups against Trump policies. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/local/2017/05/01/day-without-immigrants-mobilizes-unites-groups-against-trump-policies/100625298/
  • Nash, S. (2016, December 8). Millennials weigh options when deciding whether to stay in Memphis. Memphis Mirror. Retrieved from http://memphismirror.com/?p=2179
  • Watts, M. (2016, December 1). Bus stopped: The battle over route 31. Memphis Flyer. Retrieved from https://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/bus-stopped/Content?oid=5088180
  • Boswell, M. (2016, November 22). Homelessness in Memphis: A new ordinance and an old shelter affect the destitute. The Daily Helmsman, pp. 1, 2.
  • Risher, W. (2016, September 22). Low unemployment could make filling 12,000 holiday jobs difficult. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/business/FedEx-hiring-2500-workers-in-Memphis-area-for-holiday-peak-season-394399681.html
  • Charlier, T. (2016, September 16). Memphis no longer nation’s poorest large metro area as poverty rate falls, census figures show. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/memphis-no-longer-nations-poorest-large-metro-area-as-poverty-rate-falls-census-figures-show-3c8fda3-393596031.html
  • Purvis, M. (2016, July 21). New face of poverty. Fox 13 News on Facebook. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/fox13news.myfoxmemphis/videos/10154241645491877/
  • Charlier, T. (2016, July 13). Graduation rates among African-Americans rise in Memphis; education gap with white residents closes. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/schools/graduation-rates-among-african-americans-rise-in-memphis-education-gap-with-white-residents-closes-3-387038471.html
  • Lowe, Z. (2016, June 20). Memphis economy: Recovery since the recession. News Channel 3, WREG Memphis. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2016/06/20/memphis-economy-recovery-since-the-recession/
  • Cannon, J. (2016, March 5). Memphis attracts millennials. Memphis Flyer. Retrieved from http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/memphis-attracts-millennials/Content?oid=4494558
  • Arthur, S. (2016, January 25). Activists want to bridge gap between Latinos, cops. News Channel 3, WREG Memphis. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2016/01/25/activists-want-to-bridge-gap-between-latinos-cops/
  • Batchelor, A. J.  (2015, November 11). Latinos create small businesses and help boost the Memphis economy. Memphis Mirror. Retrieved from http://memphismirror.com/?p=234
  • Rufener, K. (2015, October 22). Several local Latino leaders assigned to Mayor-elect Jim Strickland’s transition team. News Channel 3, WREG Memphis. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2015/10/22/several-local-latino-leaders-assigned-to-mayor-elect-jim-stricklands-transition-team/
  • Charlier, T. (2015, September 17). New census figures show poverty still on rise in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/new-census-figures-show-poverty-still-on-rise-in-memphis-1ff3ecb1-7bed-305b-e053-0100007fe011-328070251.html
  • Poe, R. (2015, September 16). A closer look: Wharton’s ‘Blueprint’ hinges on follow-through. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/government/city/a-closer-look-whartons-blueprint-hinges-on-follow-through-1e245edb-2210-7bec-e053-0100007f4eaa-327910271.html
  • Bleau, S. (2015, September 11). Angel Tree overload is a sign of increased poverty in Memphis. Fox News, Channel 13, WHBQ Memphis. Retrieved from http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/30013203/angel-tree-overload-a-sign-of-increased-poverty-in-memphis
  • Charlier, T. (2015, May 21). Memphis falls from 20th to 23rd largest city in latest census estimates. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/memphis-falls-from-20th-to-23rd-largest-city-in-latest-census-estimates-ep-1093342277-324395541.html
  • Taylor, E. (2015, May 5). Nearly half of the Latino population live in poverty. News Chnnel 3, WREG Memphis. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2015/05/05/nearly-half-of-the-latino-population-live-in-poverty/
  • Cannon, J. (2015, April 21).Memphis feels rise in Hispanic poverty rates. Memphis OTL. Retrieved from http://memphisotl.com/living/memphis-feels-rise-in-hispanic-poverty-rates/
  • Center for Social Development, Brown School. (2015, April 17). First FCAB Convening, Convening on Financial Capability and Asset Building: Advancing Education, Research and Practice in Social Work, St. Louis, MO.
  • Lowe, Z. (2015, March 30). Breaking the Cycle: The face of poverty in Memphis. News Chnnel 3, WREG Memphis. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2015/03/31/breaking-the-cycle-the-face-of-poverty-in-memphis/
  • Gayle, D. (2015, February 19). Where America's poorest live: How the country’s once-proud industrial heartlands still struggle with low incomes and poverty seven years on from financial crisis. The Daily Mail. Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2960111/America-s-poorest-cities-revealed-country-s-proud-industrial-heartlands-struggling-bankruptcy-foreclosures-seven-years-financial-crisis.html
  • Carter, K. (2015, February 13). Poor homes deliver poor students. Memphis OTL. Retrieved from http://www.memphisotl.com/multimedia/poor-homes-deliver-poor-students/
  • Naantaanbuu, A. (2015, February 10). Self-esteem gets a positive spin at modeling auditions. The Daily Helmsman. http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/archives/self-esteem-gets-a-positive-spin-at-modeling-auditions/article_115b12d2-5f34-50b4-8ec2-129da7e0d26c.html
  • Charlier, T. (2015, January 31). Poverty among school-age kids rising rapidly in Shelby County. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from https://iframed-fb.cqrcengage.com/mnmajority/app/document/6244579;jsessionid=QCLXr3V+5DlsMreCwoPpyOPU.undefined?mode=iframe
  • Gerien, M. (2014, September 24). U of M study: Memphis among nation’s poorest. Fox News, Channel 13, WHBQ Memphis. Retrieved from http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/26621460/u-of-m-study-memphis-area-among-nations-poorest
  • Rufener, K. (2014, September 26). Memphis ranked as one of the poorest cities in the nation. News Channel 3, WREG Memphis. Retrieved from http://wreg.com/2014/09/26/memphis-ranked-as-one-of-the-poorest-cities-in-the-nation/
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  • Thomas, W. (2014, January 12). To win war on poverty, the safety net must be personalized. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/jan/10/wendi-c-thomas-to-win-war-on-poverty-the-safety/
  • Charlier, K. (2014, January 5). Hispanics now Memphis’ poorest ethnic group; 4 in 10 live below poverty line. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2014/jan/04/hispanics-now-memphis-poorest-ethnic-group-4-in/
  • Roberts, J. (2013, November 13). More black teachers, fewer teen pregnancies, research shows. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/nov/13/more-black-teachers-fewer-teen-pregnancies-shows/
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  • Rathke, W. (2013, September 20). Wade Rathke interviews Elena Delavega from University of Memphis September 20th. Wade Rathke: Chief Organizer Blog. Retrieved from http://chieforganizer.org/radio/interviews/
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  • Peck, C. A. (2012, December 23). Born into poverty: Persistent path imperils another generation in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from
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Appendix D - Support
  • GRANTS
  • Grants Awarded:
  • 1.       Neely-Barnes, S. L., Delavega, E., Norwood, K. K., & Malone, C. C. (2020-2025). Midsouth Social Work Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (MSW-SDS) Program. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program T08HP392930100 ($3,187,554).
  • 2.       Delavega, E., & Neely-Barnes, S.L. (2019). Grant funded by Church Health Center to support bilingual social workers in Memphis. (funded $45,000 per year). (Role of Elena Delavega: PI)
  • 3.       Delavega, E. . . . Hirschi, M. (2018). The UM Poverty Research Collaborative (Short Title: UMPRC). Grant funded by the University of Memphis to support the development of collaborative group at the University of Memphis focusing on poverty. (funded $2,500). (Role of Elena Delavega: Convener and Team Leader).
  • 4.       Elswick, S. Delavega, E., & Casey, L. (PI). (2018). Community programs for outreach and intervention with youth and young adults at clinical high risk for psychosis (Short Title: CHR-P).  Analysis and evaluation of the State of Tennessee project to support individuals who are at high risk for psychosis. Subaward grant ($25,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Lead Evaluator).
  • 5.       Neely-Barnes, S. L., Delavega, E., Taylor, L., Zanskas, S., & Lancaster, C. (2017). Midsouth Integrated Behavioral Health Training Initiative (MIBH-TI). Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program Grant funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). (Funded $ 1,917,762). (Role of Elena Delavega: Co-P.I).
  • 6.       Delavega, E., Elswick, S., Neely-Barnes, S. L., & Taylor, L. (2016). Free Lunch Graduates: What Happens When They Come to College? Faculty Research Grant funded by the Tennessee Board of Regents. (Funded $40,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: P.I).
  • 7.       McFerren, D., Delavega, E., Trammel, R., Washington, G. (2016). Increasing the Retention and Graduation Rates of Underrepresented Males. Student Engagement, Retention, and Success Grant funded by the Tennessee Board of Regents. (Funded $25,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Lead Evaluator).
  • 8.       Washington, G., Delavega, E., & Simmons, L. (2015). University of Memphis Center for Advancement of Youth Development – Expanding Assets and Strengthening Initiative (EASI). Grant funded by the Tennessee Board of Regents. (Funded $40,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Lead Evaluator)
  • 9.       Neely-Barnes, S. L., Delavega, E., & Elswick S. (2014). Midsouth Social Work Professional Development Initiative (MSW-PDI). Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals Programmatic Grant funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). (Funded $ 1,423,125). (Role of Elena Delavega: Co-P.I).
  • 10.   Delavega, E. (2013). Eating Her Words: Ruby Payne’s Hidden Rules and Choice – A Sandwich Experiment. Research Grant funded by the Tennessee Board of Regents. (Funded $57,994). (Role of Elena Delavega: P.I).
  • 11.   Delavega, E. (2012). Utilizing the cultural capital of a natural science museum to increase interest in science among low income children in the Kingsbury Elementary attendance area. Strengthening Communities Capacity Building Grant in conjunction with the Pink Palace Family of Museums, Memphis, TN. (Funded $18,000.00) (Role of Elena Delavega: P.I.)
  • 12.   Arroyo, J. (2010). GEAR UP Innovative Grant, Project GRAD, Houston Independent School District.  (Funded $1,000) (Role of Elena Delavega: Grant proposal editing)
  • 13.   Arroyo, J. (2009). GEAR UP Innovative Grant, Project GRAD, Houston Independent School District.  (Funded $1,000) (Role of Elena Delavega: Grant proposal editing)
  • Grants Submitted Under Review:
  • 1.       Gary J Rosenfeld et al. (2020). Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). US Department of Transportation Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grant. (FTA-2020-012-TRI-AIM, UEI: 1519994220000). (Funding Sought: $). (Role of Elena Delavega: Research Collaborator).
  • Grants Submitted (Not Funded):
  • 1.       Jian, L., & Delavega E., (2020). Latino immigrant family involvement and youth schooling. Grant submitted to the Spencer Foundation (20-0414). (Funding Sought: $50,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Co-P.I.).
  • 2.       Jian, L., & Delavega E., (2020). An investigation of how social and economic factors affect educational inequality in distance learning during and after school closings due to COVID19 pandemic. Grant submitted to the Spencer Foundation COVID-19 Research. (Special Grant Request ID# 10024187). (Funding Sought: $49,970.00). (Role of Elena Delavega: Co-P.I.).
  • 3.       Esfandarani, M.S., Brown, S.P., Terui, S., & Delavega, E. (2019). Socio-environmental interactions influencing water quality of poor and low-income families: An interdisciplinary approach integrating chemistry, microbiology, and social education. Grant submitted to NSF (2009249). (Funding Sought $750,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Co-P.I.).
  • 4.       McFerren, D., Delavega, E., Trammel, R., Washington, G. (2017). Increasing the Retention and Graduation Rates of Underrepresented Males II. Student Engagement, Retention, and Success Grant funded by the Tennessee Board of Regents. (Funding Sought $25,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Lead Evaluator).
  • 5.       Delavega, E., Elswick, S., & Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2015). Free Lunch Graduates: What Happens When They Come to College? Small Grant Submitted to the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. (Funding Sought $26,713). (Role of Elena Delavega: P.I).
  • 6.       Delavega, E., Elswick, S., & Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2015). Free Lunch Graduates: What Happens When They Come to College? Small Grant Submitted to the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Funding Sought $40,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: P.I).
  • 7.       Washington, G. (2014). University of Memphis Center for Advancement of Youth Development – Expanding Assets and Strengthening Initiative (EASI). Grant Submitted to the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Funding Sought $750,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Lead Evaluator).
  • 8.       Neely-Barnes, S. L., Elswick, S. & Delavega, E. (2013). Enhancing Social Work Services through Bilingual Resources. Diversity Programmatic Grant Submitted to the Tennessee Board of Regents. (Funding Sought $90,000). (Role of Elena Delavega: Co-P.I).
  • 9.       Regev, T. (2010).  Practice Change Fellowship Extension. Submitted to The Atlantic Philanthropies and The John A. Hartford Foundation. (Role of Elena Delavega: Grant objectives and refinement of a funded grant in 2008 of $90,000)