School of Social Work

No. 28 M.S.W. Program in the U.S.

Masked V-C-U School of Social Work students, faculty, staff and alumni against the backdrop of the Academic Learning Commons building. V-C-U Schoo of Social Work logo

As the VCU School of Social Work takes a look back at the past 18 months through the lens of our first Annual Report publication, it’s clear that the big picture is really a series of smaller snapshots and their collective impact.

You will find more than 100 of these snapshots throughout the pages of the report, each an individual listed in bold type, with comments about their experiences or perspectives, or updates on their achievements and awards. 

These students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, community partners and other supporters helped shape the story of the School of Social Work during 2020-21.

As Dean Beth Angell, Ph.D., notes in the report’s welcome message, “I am exceedingly grateful for (their) strength, resilience and adaptability … during this extremely challenging year and a half.”

Our cover story focuses on how the school navigated the pandemic and the racial justice reckoning of 2020, along with the school’s critical self-examination of its own history of anti-Black racism and its response. As our associate dean for faculty development, Sarah K. Price, Ph.D., says, “The pandemic is not over. We’re still offering hybrid models of instruction. The virus is still infecting, and people are still scared. The racial and social injustice movement is not over. We can’t let slip our momentum and intentionality confronting injustice and promoting diversity and equity.”

Our philanthropy updates include a recap of our record-setting Make It Real Campaign, plus our new philanthropic goals; and recognition of new donor support and their impact on recent student scholarship winners. 

Our news section highlights more than 100 new publications from our research faculty; a range of national, state, university and school achievements and recognition for our faculty; student awards; and our alumni and community partners making headlines. 

Finally, in our People section, we track the new arrivals, departures and transitions among our faculty and staff; and we look back on the lives of two beloved emeriti faculty whom we lost in 2020.

Categories Alumni, Awards and honors, Community, Education, Faculty and staff, Publications, Research, Students
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