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MSW Alum Terence Fitzgerald Shares Race Relation Perspectives

June 11, 2020

Terence Fitzgerald, MSW ’99 is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. His work is focused on policy, family and children, social inequality, and institutional racism. Fitzgerald grew up in Champaign, Illinois, where he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned a bachelor’s ... Read more

Study Examines Impact of High School Teacher and Student Views of Freshmen’s Social, Emotional Needs

June 9, 2020

When high school freshmen’s teachers give them lower scores on communication skills, the students receive four times as many disciplinary referrals as some of their peers, a new study found. Students whose teachers rated them lower on several social skills – including communication, cooperation, self-control, empathy and engagement – than the students rated themselves averaged ... Read more

Message from Dean Anderson: Processing George Floyd Tragedy

June 1, 2020

Dear School of Social Work Community Members, As protests boil over in cities across the country and in our own community following the tragic death of George Floyd, I know that many of us at the School of Social Work are deeply saddened by this inexplicable loss and angered about the actions of the Minneapolis ... Read more


COVID-19 SSW Updates

March 12, 2020

For up-to-date information on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus developments, please visit: Other resourses: State of Illinois Public Health COVID-19 website Key Email Communications: 6/19/2020 – Return to Campus Communication 3/15/2020 – Update from Dean Anderson Archived Massmails from the University of Illinois Community Resources: Student Information: Courses We are suspending face-to-face instruction for ... Read more


GameDay Spirit Social Work Fanstore Now Available

September 12, 2019

The School of Social Work is proud to partner with GameDay Spirit to provide an online Social Work Fanstore. Apparel will be available for purchase in a variety of options and on a long-term basis. Shipping is free on all orders over $75.   ... Read more

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POSTPONED: School of Social Work 75th Anniversary Celebration

July 2, 2019

  In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we regret to inform you that the School of Social Work is postponing our 75th Anniversary event, originally planned for April 4, 2020. Please note that this postponement does include all SSW events scheduled for the weekend of April 4th, including the annual ... Read more

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Paint Chicago Orange and Blue at Illini Fest

June 24, 2019

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is strengthening its outreach to Chicago with its first-ever downtown festival. Illini Fest, planned for Thursday, July 18 from 3-6 p.m. in the Park Grill Plaza of Millennium Park, aims to bring the university experience to the more than 150,000 Fighting Illini alumni living in Chicagoland. The free event ... Read more

2019 School of Social Work Alumni Award Recipients

April 8, 2019

Outstanding New Social Worker Award This award is for recent graduates of the BSW or MSW program who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in his/her first five years of post-degree practice.   Cynthia Degnan, LSW Cynthia graduated from the School of Social Work and immediately began working as a therapist at Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education ... Read more

School of Social Work Ranked #5 in Top Online Degree Programs

January 31, 2019 has selected University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as one of the Best Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019. The School of Social Work is ranked #5 out of the top 45 online programs. Results are based on academic quality, student success and affordability. Learn more ... Read more