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Grand Challenges News

Sustaining Sponsors of the Grand Challenges Initiative

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We recognize our sustaining sponsors and offer our great appreciation:

Boston College, Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado State University, Michigan State University, New York University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, University of Alabama, University of California Berkeley, University at Buffalo, University of California Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Houston,University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania,University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, and Washington University in St Louis

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What is Unique about the Grand Challenges for Social Work?

The Grand Challenges for Social Work are based on the premise that how well we work together is the most fundamental path to a just, equitable, and socially cohesive society.  The Grand Challenges share a commitment to a strong scientific base; building on strengths of individuals, families, and communities; enlisting social resolutions rather than employing coercive methods; integrating practices, programs, and policies; and activating media for positive change.  The Grand Challenges recognize that social and behavioral factors largely shape human development, health, violence, substance abuse, environmental change, and injustice. Articulating the Grand Challenges will accelerate social innovations to address vexing problems in our society. One of the aspirations of the Grand Challenges is to build a more cohesive society that fights exclusion and marginalization, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers pathways for social and economic mobility for everyone.


Fellow Highlights

New Fellow Information

14 new Fellows and 2 honorary Fellows comprise the Class of 2017. Incoming fellows will be inducted at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, January 12th, Washington, D.C.

Class of 2017 Fellows, include:
Ron Avi Astor, PhD, Linda M. Chatters, PhD, Ram A. Cnaan, PhD, Jorge Delva, PhD, Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, Deborah Gorman-Smith, PhD, Sean Joe, MSW, PhD, Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, Craig Winston LeCroy, PhD, Michàlle E. Mor Barak, PhD, Robert Joseph Taylor, MSW, PhD, Mark F. Testa, PhD, Richard M. Tolman, LMSW, PhD and Edwina S. Uehara, MSW, PhD.

Honorary Fellows - Marilyn Flynn, PhD, Grover C. Gilmore, PhD.