Mary Kay Brennan, MSW
As a social work major, you will work directly with social work professionals in the classroom and in the community. Our faculty are active scholars, practitioners, and leaders in the field of social work and social work education. We are passionate about our work and your success.
The Seattle University difference:
We expect our graduates to make a difference in the world through ethical leadership redressing social inequities in their social work profession. Our alumni are pursuing social work careers in a range of areas including family support, foster care and adoption, child welfare, juvenile justice, gerontology, school-based or medical social work, mental health/ clinical social work, research, advocacy and policy development. They are case managers, advocates, therapists, policy analysts, administrators, behavioral coaches, and outreach workers. Some have gone on to volunteer with Peace Corps, Teach for America, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Catholic Relief Services.
Degrees offered: BSWSocial Welfare minor
Amelia Kent, BSW is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cebu City, Philippines. Amelia works with victims of sex trafficking and prostitution at an agency that does outreach, provides shelter services, job readiness programs and conducts advocacy and HIV/AIDS education in the community. Amelia is a dedicated advocate for democracy and social justice. She hopes to continue fighting for human rights and equality through direct service, and writing about her experiences from abroad in what Peace Corps calls, “The hardest job you’ll ever love.” You can read more about Amelia’s Peace Corps experience on her blog: http://amelia-philippines.blogspot.com
The Inconvenience of Homelessness in America - Featured in Democracy Chronicles.
Department Chair Rob Efird published "Schooling for Sustainable Development Across the Pacific," which includes overviews and case studies in environmental education and education for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region and examples in the US and Canada. More here.
Social Work Professor Amelia Seraphia Derr explored how social services providers understand the importance of incorporating new immigrants into their communities in "How Do Social Service Providers View Recent Immigrants." More here.
Social Work Professor Riva Zeff wrote about field placements for students in a new guide on best practices for designing, implementing, and maintaining an effective field education program. More here.
Anthropology Professor Ted Fortier was part of a research team that received a 2013 Praxis Award for an ethnographic evaluation of the 2010 U.S. census process relating to hard-to-reach populations. More here.