Welcome Students, Faculty, & Staff, to the
2019-2020 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 by 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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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 the use of 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, and students, as well as, external content experts, the overall goal is to produce an interactive ARcGis StoryMap of the Black Social Work Movement (1968-1978) and 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 are leading 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. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of 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 field work 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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