School of Social Work

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Empowering Social Workers to Change the World

UB Social Work is uniquely positioned to understand—and transform—communities, societies and the profession of social work itself. Now, with your philanthropic support, we will lead a re-envisioning of social work—a rekindling of its relevance, passion and power. We will equip social workers everywhere to be agents of social change, advancing progress on many fronts—and you can accelerate that change.

We are seeking your investment in redefining social work.

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Our Priorities

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Here Is How We Empower UB Social Workers to Lead a Revolution

Versatility and flexibility are crucial to creating tomorrow’s leaders in social work research, practice and education. With your support, we’ll develop a visionary new social enterprise and entrepreneurship curriculum, invest in expanding our Field Education Fund to diversify student field experiences, and ensure that we attract the brightest and best students, regardless of financial status, by investing philanthropic resources in expanding scholarships for both MSW and PhD students.

Here Is How Our Research Is Driving Change

At UB, we are preparing social workers nationwide to tackle complex 21st-century issues in bold new ways. We merge social work’s traditions of compassion and activism with new insights into client-centered care, leading research and powerful collaborations with other disciplines. Now we’re seeking your added support to tackle bigger challenges, on a grander scale than ever before, including:

  • Increasing the impact of the Buffalo Center for Social Research, which helps our faculty and graduate students secure outside grants for scholarly research, teaching and community service
  • Supporting early-stage research through Seed Money Grants
  • Creating a Social Innovation Community, a multidisciplinary program that integrates education, research and community service in powerful new ways.
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Here Is How We Do 21st-Century Social Work—in Buffalo and Beyond

Buffalo is a community with a huge, unbridled heart and UB Social Work is a vital partner in that community. Now, in collaboration with UB’s School of Management, we’re continuing to lead the way with our Social Impact Fellows program. We’re making a difference, locally and globally, in the world’s refugee crisis, as we seek added funding to develop and pilot creative ways to help refugees adapt and thrive. Finally, through the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, we bring our understanding of how trauma shapes the development and health of people and communities.

The Power of Your Investment

At UB Social Work, we’re deeply committed to helping people and societies unlock—and expand—their potential. We’re also committed to expanding our own potential, to being the best and most innovative School of Social Work we can be. To achieve all that, we seek your support. A generous gift from you is seed money that will grow an innovative and effective new generation of social workers, fund breakthroughs in social work and social-work education, and yield incalculable returns in the form of healthy, humane and sustainable societies.

UB Fund: Immediate Support for Students

When you give to the UB Fund, your gift today is made available to help support students today. It’s that immediate. Giving to the UB Fund helps ensure our students have everything they need to become thoughtful global citizens, with 100 percent of gifts used to enhance the student experience, including crucial support for research, study abroad, student emergencies and community service opportunities.

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