100 years ago, the leaders of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work confronted the issues of poverty, child welfare, race, and inequality.
Today, our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are still on the front lines of those battles. Whether they are contributing to cutting-edge research in the fight against opioid addiction, finding new solutions to the racial disparities in school discipline, or leading nonprofit organizations throughout the country, the members of our social work family are making a difference.
We are facing a daunting period in American history. Tensions and animosity are higher than they have been in decades. It is times like this that we stand up and make our voices heard.
In today’s world, academic leaders in social work like you are more critical than ever. As educators, we hold tremendous sway over our students, and we are shaping them to enter a society that needs them more than ever.
You will transform the lives of students who will go on to transform the world.
We’re thrilled to have you on board as a leader and colleague in this field that is at the threshold of such vital work.
I look forward to putting our heads together at this year’s Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting to discuss how we can lead the charge for social change. With you among our tight-knit network of social work educators, I am confident that we can continue to make real strides in the field — and in bettering our society.
Larry E. Davis
Dean and Donald M. Henderson Professor,
School of Social Work
Director, Center on Race and Social Problems