Events at GSSW

A Hub for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

At the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), we’re serious about our role as a catalyst for social change in communities near and far. With topics that span social work and social justice interests, our events bring the University of Denver campus and broader community together to learn, grow, mobilize and drive change.

When violence in Charlottesville, Va., captured national headlines, we responded with lectures and workshops that explored racial justice and provoked meaningful — and sometimes difficult — reflections and conversations. When political differences threatened to divide the nation, we answered with the Civic Education for Civic Engagement series, which brought campus and community together in a spirit of collaborative problem-solving.

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Justice & Democracy 2020


From Criminalization to Community

Communities nationwide are contending with the systemic racism, implicit bias and excessive force endemic in American policing, justice and other social systems. But even as we work to dismantle systems that disproportionately harm people of color, we must also critically examine our own complicity in unjust systems and work to create change.

Watch the events from this two-part series held in August 2020.

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Events That Engage

Over the past two years, more than 10,000 people in 21 states have participated in GSSW events either online or on campus. All of our events are designed to be inclusive and accessible — most are free and many are live streamed. We invite alumni and experts from throughout the campus and community to share their knowledge.

GSSW Past Event Series

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Catalyst Series for Social Justice

Intended to inform, prompt reflection, facilitate public dialogue and spark action, the Catalyst Series brings the campus and community together for discussions and workshops on timely social justice topics.

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Science for Action Series

To advance progress on the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work, the Science for Action Series convenes scholars, practitioners and policymakers to share knowledge and translate evidence to community action.

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Virtual Continuing Education

Our continuing education programs — from licensure preparation to professional development — provide ongoing opportunities for our alumni, social work practitioners and community members to strengthen and enhance their professional knowledge and repertoire of skills. Want to learn something completely new? You can do that, too.

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Do you have an idea for an event? Do you want to co-host or sponsor an event? We want to hear from you.

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