July 27, 2023

MSW graduate receives Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Katt Purington (MSW ’23, BASW ’22) was one of eight University of Washington students to receive the prestigious 2023 Bonderman Travel Fellowship. Purington graduated from the School of Social Work’s MSW program in spring 2023. 


July 23, 2023

Dean Michael Spencer begins tenure

As of July 1, 2023, Michael S. Spencer began his service as the second Ballmer Endowed Dean of the University of Washington School of Social Work. Dean Spencer succeeds Edwina (Eddie) Uehara, who served as dean of the School of Social Work for the past 17 years and is continuing her work as a professor in the School.

June 30, 2023

Statement from Michael Spencer, dean of the School of Social Work, on the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decisions

In light of the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding affirmative action, the University of Washington School of Social Work remains firmly committed to creating opportunity and expanding access to world-class social work education for students from all backgrounds.


June 9, 2023

School of Social Work welcomes 320 graduates at June 8 graduation celebration

The UW School of Social Work graduation celebration, held June 8, 2023, was a day of hope, pride, new beginnings and memorable moments.  

June 7, 2023

Pride 2023: A personal message from Val Kalei Kanuha, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

For the past several decades, the month of June has been designated as a time to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and trans, two-spirited, māhū and other non-binary peoples, communities and identities.