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Fall 2017

cross-sector solutions: How Innovative partnerships drive social CHANGe innovation

Creative collaborations are a vital part of how we work to accelerate systems change and achieve real impact. Here are three recent examples.

Partnership introduces new collaborative care model for improved mental health

An innovative partnership to improve the well-being of people with serious and persistent mental illness launches this fall, with a focus on integrating social care with health care. Read more.

School partners with UW innovation hub to foster startup mindset for social sector

A diverse planning group will brainstorm ways to apply the “startup incubator” approach to the social sector under a partnership between the School and CoMotion, the university’s collaborative innovation hub. Read more.

Suicide prevention group forms unprecedented alliance with gun advocates

In an uncommonly creative and bipartisan effort, the School-based Forefront Suicide Prevention has joined with the Second Amendment Foundation, NRA and other firearm advocacy groups to advance suicide prevention in Washington state. Read more.

Awards and accolades

School ranked No. 1 in the world by Center for World University Rankings

In April, the School of Social Work was ranked No. 1 in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. Read more.

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The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare has named Dean Eddie Uehara as an inaugural honorary fellow in recognition for her contributions to the Grand Challenges for Social Work. Read more.

Multimedia feature on veteran and alum wins coveted international award

A multimedia story, Seeds of Hope, that profiles Christopher Brown (MSW ’16), who founded Growing Veterans while enrolled at the School, has received the prestigious international CASE Grand Gold Award. Watch a video about Growing Veterans.

In the news

School faculty illuminate pressing social issues in major media outlets

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen pens Seattle Times op-ed on LGBT resilience one year after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida.

Bonnie Duran provides insight on Native American mental health and historical trauma in Atlantic story on federal management of tribal lands. bok 2.jpeg

Jayn Goldsen shares results of the first national study on the positive health effects of marriage equality on the LGBT community in The Conversation.

Dan Goldhaber and the School’s Center for Education Data and Research cited in CNN story on teacher shortages

Gunnar Almgren's new book, Health Care as a Right of Citizenship, traces the evolution of health care reform in the United States.

School Highlights

School welcomes six new faculty following national search

lea.jpegThree new tenure-track faculty, one acting assistant professor, and two full-time lecturers are bringing a wealth of multidisciplinary expertise to the School this fall. Read why they chose the UW School of Social Work.

"The opportunities to partner with scholars and research centers that examine vulnerable youth populations and develop community and school-based interventions are endless." — Charles Lea, Assistant Professor

NIH grant a first for the study of dementia-related illnesses in LGBT adults

Karen Frediksen Goldsen has received a $3.7 million grant to build on her Aging with Pride research on health disparities among LGBT older adults.

New leadership redefines field education experience

With the new Assistant Dean for Field Education Val Kalei Kanuha, the School has strengthened its focus on bringing community-based partnerships and social impact to our students' field education experience.

Behavioral health training grant provides $1.12 million in student support

A new federal grant provides $480,000 a year for four years to help fund stipends and specialized behavioral health training for students and field supervisors—providing $1.12 million in student stipends over the life of the grant.

School reaches record level of giving in UW Be Boundless campaign

In 2015, the School launched the most audacious fundraising campaign in its history to support student education and social innovation. We are well on our way to meeting our $70 million goal for 2020, with more than $54 million raised. Learn more about our scholarship funds.Thank you for your support.

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ALUMNI Reunion

Connect & Celebrate: All-alumni lunch and recognition event—October 29 

alums 2017.jpegSave the date for our all-class homecoming celebration and recognition event on Oct. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Start the day with lunch at Mary Gates Hall followed by an open house at the School of Social Work. Register here or contact Katie Lamar at 206-543-5052 or Registration fee for the luncheon is $20. Space is limited. Parking is free.

Nominate an alum for the Moya M. Duplica Distinguished Alumni Award or the Early Career Achievement Award by Sept. 30 and celebrate with the award recipients at the upcoming alumni luncheon. For details on the nomination process, go here.

BE A MENTOR — The Alumni Career Mentorship Network connects established social work professionals with current social work students and recent graduates exploring career options.

SHARE YOUR NEWS — Please send us recent accomplishments or noteworthy activities you'd like to share with the School of Social Work community by contacting the Advancement Office.

MAKE A GIFT — If you would like to make a gift, select from a number of School of Social Work funds at the University of Washington Foundation. Thank you for your support!