March 9, 2023

School of Social Work study confirms human services workers are underpaid

A new study from the University of Washington School of Social Work estimates that human services workers in Washington state make at least 30% less than workers in other industries. For human services workers employed by nonprofit organizations, the gap is 37%.

March 1, 2023

Social Work Month focuses on breaking barriers and empowering communities

March is Social Work Month and this year’s theme is Social Work Breaks Barriers.

Organized by the National Association of Social Workers, Social Work Month casts a spotlight on social work and the nation’s more than 700,000 social workers – one of the fastest growing professions in the country. As the population ages, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the need for social work services will increase to more than 800,000 by the year 2030.

February 28, 2023

New study links year-round warm temperatures with increased gun violence

A team led by Vivian Lyons, a researcher at the UW School of Social Work’s Social Development Research Group, has linked above-average temperatures at any time of the year with an increased risk of shootings. The interdisciplinary study, the largest to date on the issue, was conducted with data from 2015-2020.

February 8, 2023

School of Social Work leadership statement on Black History Month

Many in power are actively working to erase Black experiences, resilience, suffering, strength and progress by making it illegal to teach Black history at all levels of education throughout many regions of the United States. The School of Social Work recognizes this as anti-Black racism at its most insidious and virulent.

February 3, 2023

School of Social Work leadership statement regarding the murder of Tyre Nichols

On February 1, mourners gathered to honor the life of Tyre Nichols, who was murdered by Memphis police in January. We are heartbroken, sickened and outraged by his murder and the lack of response from first responders. As much as we dedicate our hearts, minds and actions to improving justice for our communities, the prolonged legacy of racism and structural violence in America continues.