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Our Vision & Promise

With each relationship, we vow to be a true partner by providing a diverse, equitable and safe environment that encourages forward-thinking and creates inclusive experiences that drive social change.

Our Vision & Promise

Dean Michelle Mohr Carney

Driven by our guiding principles and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we strive daily to achieve our vision that all individuals, families and communities utilize their power to achieve justice, equity and well-being.


Michelle Mohr Carney
Dean and Professor

A look forward 2020 and beyond

Priorities that enhance the student, faculty and community experience, provide the opportunity for advancing research, and dedicate resources to DEI.
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Social Work is Social Justice

How do you want to make an impact on the world? We support, encourage and collaborate with all of our partners to create change and free the world of injustices.

Vision of Justice Board

Let's Partner

As a School within a comprehensive, premier research university, we continually strive to reinvent, innovate, transform and educate through

A Foundation of Strengths

Offer innovative programming that graduates and supports uniquely qualified and compassionate social workers

Academics

12%
Ranked in the top 12% of public graduate institutions
83
years providing exceptional social work education
90%
of students perform above or excel in all competency areas
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Future Students

Providing exceptional social work education for 83 years making KU the longest running program and the only comprehensive, premier research School of Social Welfare in the state

BSW, MSW, PhD
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Current Students  

Our MSW graduates exceed licensure pass rates by 10% each year and 97% of our undergraduates and 85% of our master's graduates secured employment immediately or decide to continue their education after graduation

Resources for Current Students

Why KU School of Social Welfare

Ranked in the top 12% of public graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report.
Field placement site with associate director of field, field practicum student and kids receiving services at the field agency

Real World Opportunities Provide Impactful Experiences

213 agencies to choose from and individualized practicum support, our BSW and MSW students gain a real world experience in a safe environment.

Field Education

Next Steps

Whether you are just starting your search or you know you are ready to apply, we are here for you each step of the way.

A Vision of Justice

Drive discoveries that TRANSFORM LIVES

Research

6.19M
grant funds in FY20
117
scholarly research presentations in FY20
79
published and in-press publications in FY20
Michael Riquino, assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare, presentation in Garden City

Advancing Research

Research Clusters were designed to foster an integrated and inclusive environment for scholarship and research. Research Clusters work towards advancing the science and knowledge base of social work through collaboration, curriculum, scholarship and research.

Research Office
Policy Summit Panel Discussion 2019 at the BEST Conference Center at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park

Rooted in Strengths  

We strive to be the ultimate advocate who serves the needs of our communities, equitably and honestly by collaborating to transform practice and policy through evaluation, training and technical assistance, and professional development.

Engagement & Collaboration
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Research Spotlight

Dr. Meredith Bagwell-Gray, assistant professor of social welfare at KU, has written a study on sexual health for women who experienced intimate partner violence, and she is leading two grant projects to help survivors.

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A Mission of Change

Embrace our responsibility to promote social, economic, and environmental justice in Kansas, the nation and the world.

Community

4
Locations offering the MSW program & expanding to rural communities
59
Children & parents served from all 4 federally recognized tribes in KS
$4.5M
given back to Kansas each year in social service volunteer hours
Policy Summit Panel at the BEST Conference Center at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park

Community Impact

Increasing transformative experiences through holistic support and DEI centered culture. Increasing research productivity around serious societal needs. Increasing community engagement and partnerships as international leaders in social work.

Community Engagement

Collaborate with us

We strive to be the ultimate advocate who serves the needs of our communities, equitably and honestly by collaborating to transform practice and policy through evaluation, training and technical assistance, and professional development.



Latest News

LAWRENCE – Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved the promotion and award of tenure, where indicated, for 80 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses (two faculty from the School of Social Welfare) and 89 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses.
The KU School of Social Welfare and the Center for LGBTQ+ Research and Advocacy are in solidarity with transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents, and adults.



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