Announcing the Grand Challenge to Prevent Gun Violence

The GCSW is proud to announce the newest addition to its fields of focus: the Grand Challenge to Prevent Gun Violence. This new Grand Challenge area was submitted as a proposal for the GCSW’s GoGrander efforts, an ongoing campaign to think bigger and do more to solve some of society’s greatest challenges.

The network supporting this Grand Challenge effort will be led by three-co-chairs: Deborah Gorman-Smith, PhD, Dean and Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor of the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, Patricia Logan-Greene, PhD, MSSW, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and Neil B. Guterman, PhD, MSW, Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work and Dean Emeritus at NYU Silver School of Social Work.

The magnitude of violent gun deaths, in concert with the widespread accessibility of guns and the unique lethality and risks of misuse of firearms make gun violence a distinct grand challenge.

Gun violence prevention intersects with the work that social workers do and the various contexts in which they operate, making the profession uniquely positioned to address the multi-faceted nature of the problem.

This new Grand Challenge area recognizes the urgent need and great opportunities for social work to advance a body of research, build and disseminate practice knowledge, and develop impactful interdisciplinary partnerships to take action and meaningfully reduce gun violence.

Be sure to check this page periodically for more information about the Grand Challenge to Prevent Gun Violence. Interested in getting involved in the network? Contact

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