Welcome Students, Faculty, & Staff to the
2020-2021 Academic Year!

Welcome to Morgan State University's School of Social Work. The school was originally formed in 1969. It was known as the Undergraduate Social Welfare Program in the Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts. It was not until 1975 that the program received departmental status, and the name was changed to the Department of Social Work. The social work program received approval from the Council on Social Work Education in 1971. In 1975, it became one of the first undergraduate programs in the country to receive accreditation by this body. The department has continually received re-accreditation since that time. In 2007 the department reached new growth and expanded to add a Masters and Ph.D. program. Both programs have adapted the rich tradition of enhancing the knowledge base of future social workers and leaders in America with a specific interest in specializing in urban areas. Pursuant to the department's continuing efforts to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of academic programs, effective November 16, 2009, the department of social work was restructured to become a school.

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Social Workers are Everywhere

Dr. Sekile Nzinga, Ph.D., MSW, the Chief Diversity Officer for the State of Illinois, received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Human Development (2001), her Masters of Social Work from Ohio State University (1994), and her Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Morgan State University (1993)Read more...

"...recovery is about someone improving their quality of life."

Adding his voice to emergent advocacy efforts, Dr. John Gallagher offers insightful guidance on increasing intervention and prevention efforts aimed at people living with Substance Use Disorders. This effort targets the reported start or increased substance use found by the CDC. It is an attempt to cope with anxiety, depressive symptoms, or trauma/stress-related disorder associated with the pandemic for many.

As Overdoses Spike, the Lines Around Abstinence-Based Opioid Treatment Are Starting to Blur

Impact on mental health, addiction recovery as things go back to normal

The pandemic's impact on mental health in Michiana


Honoring one of our own!

"We help change the narrative."

Ms. Lori James-Townes, the new Executive Director Of the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD), is a proud graduate of Morgan State University School of Social Work, Class of 1990. It is the first time that a non-attorney has led a defense organization. She will also serve as the second executive director. NAPD is the largest defender organization in the country. Ms. Townes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's in Social Work. She has spent the vast majority of her career directly working with clients and supporting public defense teams to deliver exceptional advocacy. She is a professor, well-versed in the operations of boards and commissions, a lifetime trainer, a coach, a mentor to many, and a valuable contributor to the many community groups and projects that she supports. 



Associate Professor and Chair of the Masters of Social Work Department, Morgan State University


Online and Distance Social Work Education: Current Practice and Future Trends provides a comprehensive presentation on the evolution, current status, and future direction of distance learning and online education in the social work profession.

Documenting the current state-of-the-art, this book demonstrates the power of distance learning and online technology and addresses future web-based social work education trends. Written by widely recognized experts, the chapters represent an authoritative statement of the present state-of-the-art application of technology to contemporary social work education. The insights of these experts will be of great interest to students and faculty in the 798 accredited social work programs in the United States. They are creating a revolution in the profession that will forever change education for professional practice.

Authored by widely recognized educators on the cutting edge of technological innovation, this text will be relevant to social work students and educators in baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs in the USA and internationally.

The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work.



Associate Professor of Social Work, Morgan State University


Dr. Anthony Estreet, Ph.D., LCSW-C, in collaboration with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the Opioid Response Network as a chair to develop the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice,

The Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use provides resources that will help prepare social work educators or any other educators/trainers responsible for teaching future professionals to practice substance use. The guide includes specialized substance use competencies mapped to the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

The Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Substance Use Social Work Practice is available for access and download here.


Associate Professor of Social Work, Morgan State University

HistoryMakers 2020 Digital Archive Awardee

Project Title: Mapping Black Thought and Resistance: Digital Storytelling Through Primary Data Resources of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive and the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. (NABSW) National Repository at Morgan State University

Project Description: Mapping Black Thought and Resistance applies Black spatial and public humanities techniques for curating and reconstructing Black intellectual identity research through the historic preservation practices of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc's National Repository at Morgan State University. The HistoryMakers Digital Archive provides accessible use of the largest collection of oral histories by Black thought leaders whose contributions have shaped remarkable American and African Diaspora events. Mapping Black Thought and Resistance advance pedagogical and epistemological stances of intergenerational knowledge through Black storytelling cultural traditions by repurposing the use of complex technology to create corrective narratives and representation of Black experiences towards self-determination and liberation. Working with a transdisciplinary team of Morgan State University faculty, staff, students, and external content experts, the overall goal is to produce an interactive ArcGIS StoryMap of the Black Social Work Movement (1968-1978) Hashtag Syllabus.

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From Latonya Epps' deeply mindful and Mi-Cha-El B. West Jr.'s deeply informative digital essays, our students lead the way in Urban Social Work with Urban Communities.

Our students join Social Workers internationally, among other heroes!


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Congratulation Dr. Kimberly Hardy

BSW and Ph.D. Morgan State University, School of Social Work

I have faith in our future

Newcomer Kimberly Hardy, an instructor at Fayetteville State University, upset longtime incumbent Rep. Elmer Floyd on Tuesday night in unofficial results in the Democratic primary for the N.C. House of Representatives District 43 seat. Read more

Congratulations to MSU Newman Civic Fellow!

BSW student William Lessane on being named a 2020 Newman Civic Fellow.

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Their president or chancellor nominates fellows based on their potential for public leadership.

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Healing City Baltimore Symposium at Morgan State University Student Center

"I feel excited and hopeful," said Anna McPhatter, Professor and Founding Dean of Morgan State University, School of Social Work. She continued, "Our youth are coming to our face and telling us the things that they are experiencing, that is influencing their ability to grow up and have meaningful lives, and they are asking us as the grown-ups in the room to listen." (Baltimore Sun, 2/14/2020)

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Morgan State University School of Social Work Secures Contract of More Than $960,000 to Support Baltimore City Pediatric Primary Care Providers.

Morgan State University School of Social Work (SSW) has been awarded a $960,641 subcontract from the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to provide frontline support in assessing and treating mental health needs of Baltimore City families and youth. Teaming with the Behavioral Health Integration Program for Pediatric Primary Care Program (BHIPP), faculty and students from Morgan's Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program will conduct critical fieldwork focusing exclusively on underserved minority communities, many of which have experienced long-term trauma and great disparities in mental health treatment. The effort will establish a collaborative learning community to support behavioral integration and foster interprofessional learning opportunities for next-generation social work clinicians. 

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2019 Social Work Educator of the Year,

Dr. Dawn Thurman

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