As we are embarking on a new academic year and welcoming hundreds of new students who will be trained to be effective Change Agents, we are confronted each day with the ills of our nation – from the frightening threat of nuclear war, to the devastating opioid epidemic, to the horrific and heartbreaking events that unfolded last weekend in Charlottesville.

It is more important and urgent than ever to maintain our commitment to being informed, activated, and prepared to assist those in creating social policy and action plans that will defeat these threats to our core values.

The dignity and worth of all people is our driving principle – for the Mandel School and for the professions of social work and nonprofit management. We reaffirm our vow to defend and advocate for all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, nativity, religion, gender, gender identity, ability, or sexual orientation – and to speak out in solidarity with the chorus that champions for social, racial, and economic justice.

Our mission is to build a more just world by advancing leadership in social work and nonprofit education, research, and service. With our passionate new and current students, our alumni network over 8,000 strong, and our faculty and researchers renowned for their work on these most pressing problems, a just world is within our reach.

Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD

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