Meet Amanda Moore McBride

Morris Endowed Dean and Professor

Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Morris Endowed Dean and Professor Amanda Moore McBride is committed to community — to the community within GSSW and to the communities with which the school partners to create individual and collective impact.

Her commitment to community is lifelong. As a first-generation college student from rural Arkansas, McBride learned firsthand the value of community voice and action in societal care and governance. She also understood what it meant to have scholarship support to achieve her educational and career dreams. These experiences led to her national and international prominence as a scholar of civic and community engagement and social innovation, and as a champion for diversity and inclusion, especially in education.

McBride is a social worker through and through. Her most recent research and writing focus on how higher education can do better — in its community partnerships, in its education of social innovators and in its diversity and inclusion practices. McBride brings these experiences and this depth of expertise to her leadership of GSSW, where she joined the faculty in 2016. She is a passionate, decisive leader who considers GSSW home.

Learn more about Amanda Moore McBride, including professional background and scholarship.

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“Now is not the time for social workers to sit on the sidelines. We are called to summon our courage, marshal our intellect and lead the charge for social change. We have the knowledge, the skills and the commitment to create a more just and equitable world for all. Now is the time to make that transformative vision real.” Dean Amanda Moore McBride
Amanda Moore McBride, Hope Wisneski and Rebecca Chopp

Strategic Initiatives

Since joining GSSW as dean in 2016, McBride has embarked on a number of initiatives intended to enhance the school’s community impact and amplify its role as an agent for social change.

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    Creating a Community-Informed Strategic Plan

    Gather & Grow is GSSW’s roadmap for carrying its social justice mandate into the future

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    Launching the MSW@Denver Online Program

    The 100-percent online MSW@Denver program makes a Graduate School of Social Work master’s degree available to students nationwide. 

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    Expanding Community Engagement

    The Catalyst Series for Social Justice engages the community in social justice learning and dialogue. 

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    Focusing on Community-Engaged Scholarship and Research

    GSSW’s Science for Action Series mobilizes campus and community around the Grand Challenges for Social Work. 

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    Partnering to Meet Community Needs

    Through the statewide CLIMB@DU partnership, GSSW is training Colorado’s future behavioral health workforce.



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