You make a difference!
We take considerable pride in the many accomplishments -- both past and present -- of the University of Iowa School of Social Work, a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We know that our alumni are proud to claim the School as instrumental in their successful careers and that our supportive friends recognize the many contributions of our graduates, faculty, and staff. Consider our ongoing accomplishments:
- Currently ranked among the top 25 percent of schools of social work in the country.
- Offering the only Ph.D. program in social work in the state of Iowa, in addition to premier B.A.S.W. and M.S.W. programs.
- Over 40 years of delivering master's level courses in off-campus locations. Plus, we led the movement many years ago to offer part-time study for the M.S.W. in the United States.
- Pioneering family-centered practice and delivering in-home family preservation services to families through the continuing national leadership of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice.
- Faculty who have earned national reputations in a variety of areas, including gerontology, end-of-life care, child welfare, substance abuse, and culturally competent social work practice.
- Providing continued leadership in culturally competent social work practice through innovative events such as the annual Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa Conference and certificate programs in cultural competence. Also providing immersion/service learning opportunities for students, including travel study to impoverished communities in the United States, Mexico, and India.
- Linking with the professional practice community (e.g., alumni serving as practicum instructors or adjuncts), to enhance our teaching, research, and service missions.
- Increasing financial assistance for students through teaching and research assistantships and endowed scholarships, which are made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends.
Your gift to the School of Social Work:
- Helps support students whose tuition, fees, and books now cost more than $20,000 to complete the 60-hour M.S.W. program.
- Helps us to recruit and retain excellent students who represent the increasing diversity of our state.
- Makes it possible for the School to support out-of-state students and students from other countries. Such diversity enhances the educational experience of our students and helps them prepare for practice in the "global village" we all share.
Some of our current fundraising initiatives
include the following:
- International Travel and Immersion Learning
This fund is used to support students who want to participate in social work immersion opportunities but who cannot afford to pay the travel expenses.
- Wild Bill's Coffeeshop Fund
This fund allows us to employ persons with disabilities to staff the coffee shop, a service learning project of the School since 1975. Donations of $200 or more allows you to have your name engraved on a tile on the wall of the coffee shop! Click here to order.
- Distance Education Scholarship
This scholarship is based upon financial need and will be used to help support the educational expenses of an MSW distance education student.
- Student Diversity Scholarship Fund
The Diversity Committee of the School established this fund with the intention of enhancing efforts of the School to recruit students of color. The fund is used at the discretion of the Director in consultation with the admissions committee chair.