Iowa's Center for Intellectuals, Artists, Scientists Philosophers and Activists is the the central campus for The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, It has made many top ten lists of great places to, live, work, do business and retire. It has all the benefits of college town living plus Big Ten sports, progressive politics, a top tier research university and healthcare complex. In 2008 UNESCO designated Iowa City as the world's third City of Literature, underlining the significance of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and the International Writing Program. Iowa City. (Did you know, the School of Social Work has offered the Creative Writing for Social Workers/Helping Professionals since 1991?) This is just one of the many ways the School of Social Work has contributed to the University and community.
The Heart of it all:
Des Moines is geographically the heart of Iowa and of our nation. Des Moines, is the state capital and offers an urban environment focused on the well being of the entire State in a culture that exemplifies typical mid west friendliness. The city is home to numerous museums, art and cultural events, and has recently revitalized much of its downtown housing, includes a Farmer's Market with more than 200 vendors and a skywalk system which covers almost 4 miles. Des Moines has been home to the UI School of Social Work's MSW program for over 40 years and has recently initiated a BA Social Work completion program. Today, the School is located in The University of Iowa John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, conveniently located downtown next to the library and a renowned outdoor sculpture park donated by the Pappajohns..
Our Spirit goes West Coast:
Sioux City and the surrounding areas of northwestern Iowa, northeastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota are sometimes referred to as Siouxland. Our part time, 3 year MSW program, based at Briar Cliff University is preparing for its fifth cohort of graduate students. The program in Sioux City focuses on building upon the resilience and ingenuity of indigenous people, new immigrants, and others committed to social justice and progress.
Our Spirit goes East Coast:
The Quad Cities is actually a group of five cities bridging the Mississippi River on the Iowa-Illinois boundary. These cities, Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline (in Illinois), are the center of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, which, has a population of almost 400,000. Our part time MSW program has been based there for almost 45 years. It continues to focus on the strengths and challenges of serving a diverse community spanning borders.