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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.

January 13, 2017

Class of 2016 fellows were inducted during public ceremonies at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Conference, January 13, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. continue reading


Fellow Highlights

Sarah Gehlert, PhD President

Sarah Gehlert, PhD, is the director of the University of Chicago’s NIH-funded Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research and the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School at Washington University. Learn More about Sarah Gehlert

New Fellow Information

15 new fellows comprise the Class of 2016. Incoming fellows were inducted at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, January 13th, New Orleans, LA. We highlight six members of the incoming class, below.