UW School of Social Work E-news
April 2009

In the Spotlight

Roberto G. Gonzales, third from left

Making 'DREAM' of College Real
for Undocumented Students

If passed, the DREAM Act will provide 360,000 undocumented high school graduates with legal means to work and attend college in the United States. Find out how UW SSW Assistant Professor Roberto G. Gonzales, third from left above, makes the case with his research.

UW Study Backs Putting Homeless in Permanent Homes
Can giving homeless alcoholics a place to live and drink save Seattle taxpayers more than $4 million? Find out.

Ratnesh Nagda

Social Justice Highlighted at 2009
Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Intergroup dialogue as an instrument for social justice was Associate Professor Ratnesh Nagda's focus at this year's Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture. More.

Two SSW Professors Earn Distinguished Teaching Award
Two of the five recipients of this year's Distinguished Teaching Award are from the School of Social Work. Find out who they are.


Alumni Inspire Students & Discuss Career Paths at CDW
A panel of School of Social Work alums spoke passionately about social justice and the different career paths they took during this year's Career Discovery Week. More...

Sorting donated clothes

In the Bag: OSSW Students Rally
to Help Clothe the Homeless
Students in the Organization of Student Social Workers (OSSW) responded to a request and collected bags of warm clothing for people in homeless shelters. More...

In the News

See which alums, faculty and SSW students are making news.

Of Note

Continuing Education Part of School's Outreach
The School's Community Engagement Initiative’s Continuing Education program contracts with the state of Washington to offer training for Home and Community Services (HCS) social workers and social workers employed by local nonprofit agencies. Learn more.


Students Share Why They Chose Social Work
It was a difficult decision to join the MSW program, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Hye Kyong (Judy) Jeong, MSW Day Program ’08. More...

In doing my practicum at a family center, I saw how my social work education helped me learn how to empower clients by finding their strengths and working with them.Rehema Abdi, BASW ’08. More...

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Pride Points

The UW is one of only 14 schools in the nation to receive an A-minus on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, which was the highest grade given for 2009.

The UW enrolls more than 2,600 international students from more than 100 countries. The 11,232 international students studying in the state of Washington last year contributed more than $256 million to the state’s economy.

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