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School of Social Work

The UA School of Social Work is the state’s leader for social work education and research, strengthened by international research ties and collaborations. But we are only getting started. The School of Social Work is poised to take its synthesis of teaching, research and service to an even higher level of excellence and become a global epicenter for cutting-edge experiential learning, continuing education and community engagement.

Read our Case Statement

$7,500,000 Campaign Goal

$6,468,245 Total Raised

86% Progress


Funding Highlights

  • Policy and Advocacy

    A group of social work students at the US Capitol

    Training students to be advocates through immersive experiences allow our students to understand the importance of their voices to impact change.

  • Vulnerable Populations

    Dr. Hee Yun Lee

    Finding solutions to social, economic and racial injustices is at the forefront of the School of Social Work’s mission.

  • Child Welfare

    Deb Nelson-Gardell

    The need for skilled social workers continues to grow, and strengthening our resources, research and support for students is vital to accomplish change.

  • Barriers to Access

    Jilisa Milton

    When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down campus in spring 2020, the needs of students were magnified and their circumstances exacerbated.

Letter From The Dean

Changing the Future for Many

When the University of Alabama School of Social Work was established in 1965, there were fewer than 100 trained social workers in the state. To meet this critical need, the Alabama legislature tasked the School of Social Work with creating educational programs to produce highly skilled, highly versatile social work practitioners. Since then, the school has graduated thousands of licensed social workers who have strengthened communities across Alabama, the nation and the world.

Just as the nation was navigating the civil rights movement and charting a course toward racial equality during the founding of the school, a similar social chasm has revealed grave inequalities and inequities in contemporary society, signaling the need for stronger, more innovative social work research and educational programing.

The School of Social Work has outlined our campaign priorities to meet the challenges of today and the needs of tomorrow. As you review the priorities we have set forth, know that creating an even more innovative and impactful program requires collective effort. This involves you. How can you help the School Social Work transform and progress?
The heart of our Rising Tide Capital Campaign efforts is centered around impacting our students, our communities, our state and our nation. Without question, achieving our goal of raising $6 million will be transformational. It will create a legacy for our school to be a vanguard for social work education, advocacy, research and service. We are excited for the future, and we look forward to celebrating success, change and impact with you.

Dr. Schnavia Smith Hatcher

For More Information Please Contact

Associate Director of Development
Taylor Mooney
Little Hall

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