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Letter from the Director about Sexual Harassment

Dear Social Work/Gero Students, Faculty, and Staff, We have recently read many reports of sexual harassment and assault in a variety of settings, including the entertainment industry, public service/government, and a university. These behaviors can occur anywhere and SDSU, the School, and the social work profession stand firmly against them. This letter is to remind […]

Letter from the Director, Fall 2017

Dear Social Work and Gerontology students, Greetings and welcome to the School of Social Work! We are looking forward to another exciting and learning-filled year. These recent months have been a difficult time in our country as we have seen a rise in racism, antisemitism, intolerance, and in some cases, violence. This in turn has […]

Letter to Students, January 2017

Dear Students: Welcome back to another great semester! We are hoping you are all getting settled into your new classes though Dr. Min and I know the waitlist has been a bit of an issue. We appreciate your patience as we are all learning this new system. I am writing to provide some important dates […]

Letter to Students

I am writing this letter to our students as some of you have stopped by today to share with me your shock, concern, grief, and sadness over the outcome of the election. Many of you are concerned about what this means for those of you who have family from Mexico, are immigrants yourselves, are LGBTQ, […]

Welcome to Our New and Returning Students!

On behalf of Dr. Min, our Associate Director, and myself, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning students. We have students across all levels—BA students in Social Work and Gerontology, MSW, MSW/MPH, MSW/JD students, and PhD students in our joint doctoral program with UCSD in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use. We […]

Letter to Students, March 2016

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: Happy National Social Work Month! This is a great time to help others recognize the contributions of our profession as well as an opportunity for us to celebrate! The national theme from NASW is “Social Work: Forging Solutions Out of Challenges.” In keeping with other Schools of Social Work across […]

Letter to Students, January 2016

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: Welcome back to another great semester! We have a lot of news and events this Spring, many of which makes our program so vibrant. Faculty Monty Nominations Each year, students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate faculty members for the university’s Faculty Monty, which recognizes faculty who have made […]

Letter to Students, November 2015

Dear Students, In the past, I have written to you towards the end of the semester, to touch base and to review our accomplishments over the past few months. We have had another great semester with about 550 students enrolled in our BSW, MSW, PhD and Gero programs. We have welcomed our first cohort of […]

Director’s Updates, Spring 2015

It seems hard to believe that another semester is almost over. What an exciting time it has been! Here are some of the highlights: Over this whole year, we had 324 social work students in field internships, along with 25 gerontology students, who worked a total of 167,000 hours, worth $2,500,000 to the San Diego […]

Director’s Updates, Winter 2014

As the semester draws to a close and the holidays approach, I wanted to take this time to write you and give you an update on the School of Social Work. The end of the semester is also a time for me to reflect on what has been accomplished by our terrific faculty and students. […]