Social Work, Powered by Purpose
Social Work, Powered by Purpose
At the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, social justice is more than a buzzword. It is at the heart of everything we do — informing our education, focusing our research, propelling our community partnerships and fueling our commitment to equity.
Looking for a community that shares your passion and your purpose? It’s right here, at GSSW.
Jessica King, Doctoral Candidate
At GSSW, the faculty, staff and students take their commitment to social justice seriously. There is a palpable sense of agency among students to not merely be recipients of education but to take their roles as burgeoning changemakers in the social realm seriously.
A Collaborative Community
Our shared purpose to advance equity brings together some of social work’s brightest faculty, students and partners, who work collaboratively and across disciplines to respond to community needs such as homelessness and health care reform. We celebrate bold approaches to problem-solving and embrace the rich diversity of our extended community.
Social Work Degrees of Difference
With master’s degree programs online and on campus in Denver, in western Colorado and in the Four Corners region, the Graduate School of Social Work will prepare you for a career in social work and to create social change in your community — wherever you call home.
On-Campus MSW Programs
Our top-ranked Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is available on three Colorado campuses — Denver, Durango and Glenwood Springs — through our Denver Campus, Four Corners and Western Colorado programs.
MSW@Denver Online MSW
No matter where you live in the U.S., you can access MSW@Denver — a top-ranked, 100-percent online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program with a concentration in Mental Health and Trauma.
The demand for social work research, scholarship and education is greater than ever. With a PhD in social work, you’ll be prepared for an academic career as a social justice scholar, educator or policy expert.
An MSW with Options
750+ field education partners
11 Specialized concentrations
6 centers, institutes and laboratories
Power in Partnerships
At the Graduate School of Social Work, we know we’re stronger together. That’s why we’ve committed to being an engaged community partner, working with a broad range of individuals and organizations — locally, nationally and globally — to understand problems, explore possibilities, implement solutions and influence change at individual, organizational and systems levels.
Champions for Social Justice
Can social workers change the world? We believe they already are. At the Graduate School of Social Work, you’re not just learning from and working with some of the profession’s most respected teachers and scholars. You’re part of a community of social justice champions whose work is catalyzing social change —addressing racial, economic, environmental, health and other systems of inequity — throughout Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West and beyond.
An Epicenter for Impact
Our faculty members are courageous, creative thinkers who represent a broad range of backgrounds, research interests and practice areas. Their collaborative, cross-disciplinary scholarship is creating knowledge and establishing science-informed, high-impact practice in areas such as addictions and substance use, public policy, youth development, housing and homelessness, child welfare, human-animal connection, and civic and community engagement.
Virtual Continuing Education
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
White Supremacy Culture 2.0: Moving from Internal Change to External Change
This event is meant for those who register and attend White Supremacy Culture in Professional and Personal Contexts. White Supremacy Culture 2.0 will help you deepen your understanding and reflection around white supremacy culture. Building Bridges presents a 2-hour session focused on addressing, challenging and analyzing the uprooting of white supremacy culture in both professional contexts and greater systems at large.
- 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
A Conversation: Reparations as Community Wealth Building
The extraction and brutal exploitation of black and indigenous people was a feat of social engineering, a project that took centuries to unfold and centuries to dismantle. As these systems of radicalized oppression are drawing to an end, we have the opportunity to reengineer long- term, sustainable processes of repair, while transferring wealth and power in ways that not only regenerate individuals but our larger ecological community as well. This event will gather repairationists and community wealth builders from Denver to share the innovative models that are ushering in the era of great healing and restoration. This conversation is led by Asia Dorsey.
- 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
“Don’t Work for It” Rest as Reparations workshop
This workshop brings us into the nexus of healing justice and reparations using yoga as an articulation of liberation theology. Drawing from the archival research of Tricia Hershey of the Nap Ministry and the practice of Yoga Nidra from the lineage of Yogi Amrit Desai, participants will learn how to deconstruct dominant narratives about labor while experiencing the bliss that emerges for free from their own bodies in an engaging and moving lecture.
- 1:00 p.m.