Grand Challenges for Social Work

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Sustaining Sponsors of the Grand Challenges Initiative

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2018 Sustaining Sponsors

Arizona State University, Boston College, Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado State University, Columbia, Fordham University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, New York University, The Ohio State University, University of California Los Angeles, University at Buffalo, University of California, Berkeley, University of Alabama, University of Chicago, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Houston, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Washington and Washington University in St Louis.


Now Available: New Book on Grand Challenges from Oxford University Press!

Cover for Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI), which is spearheaded by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), represents a major endeavor for the entire field of social work. GCSWI calls for bold innovation and collective action powered by proven and evolving scientific interventions to address critical social issues facing society. The purpose of GCSWI was modeled after the National Academy of Engineering, which aimed to identify some of the most persistent engineering problems of the day and then put the attentions, energies, and funding of the entire field to work on them for a decade. The GCSWI does the same for social issues, tackling problems such as homelessness, social isolation, mass incarceration, family violence, and economic inequality.

Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society is an edited book that will present the foundations of the GCSWI, laying out the start of the initiative and providing summaries of each of the twelve challenges. The 12 main chapters that form the core of the book, one on each of the dozen Grand Challenges, are written by the primary research teams who are driving each GC project.

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April 22, 2019

Each year, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) inducts new Fellows during the annual scientific meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research. Twenty-one individuals were inducted on Jan. 18, 2019 in a two-hour public ceremony, followed by a reception. continue reading

About the Grand Challenges

The Grand Challenges for Social Work, the flagship program of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, is a groundbreaking initiative to champion social progress powered by science. It’s a call to action for social work researchers and practitioners to:

  • Harness social work’s science and knowledge base;
  • Collaborate with individuals, community-based organizations, and professionals from all fields and disciplines; and
  • Work together to tackle some of our toughest social problems.

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Be a part of the Grand Challenges for Social Work (GCSW) to:

  • Think deeply, boldly, and creatively about our society’s future and social work’s role in shaping that future.
  • Develop and implement strategies that bridge the gap between research and practice in social work.
  • Take proven, evidence-based approaches to scale in critical areas.
  • Collaborate with researchers, practitioners, and colleagues in related disciplines to create transformational, lasting social change.
  • Achieve greater impact in your own research and practice.

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