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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Global & Community Outreach

Global Engagement

In today's global society, an increasing number of social workers are choosing to live and learn in cultures very different from their own. In fact, many believe there is no better way to truly understand the impact of global forces on the vulnerable populations we serve, both at home and abroad.

GSSW's Denver campus MSW program includes many global learning opportunities:

A growing number of GSSW faculty members and doctoral students are conducting international research in countries around the world. On average, about a third of GSSW's doctoral students are international students, many of whom return to their home countries as high-level administrators in national government, non-governmental organizations and universities.

For additional information about GSSW's global impact, please see the spring 2012 issue of GSSW Magazine.

Community Outreach

Making MSW Education Accessible

GSSW has expanded its MSW program well beyond the main Denver campus, making our top-ranked graduate education accessible to students in or near their homes communities:

  • Our Four Corners MSW Program is designed to meet the needs of rural and tribal communities throughout the Four Corners region that includes southwestern Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
  • Our Western Colorado MSW Program is designed to meet the needs of rural and mountain communities on Colorado's western slope.
  • Our Online MSW Program allows students almost anywhere in the U.S. to complete their coursework online and fulfill internship requirements in their home communities.

The Bridge Project

GSSW'S Bridge Project, a community outreach initiative, is designed to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational and career opportunities to children, youth and families in four of Denver's public housing neighborhoods.

Serving a continuum of ages, from preschool through college, the program's staff, GSSW interns, and numerous volunteer tutors and mentors provide both after-school and summer programming. Bridge also provides scholarships that enable its participants to continue their education at colleges or trade schools.

Watch a Bridge Project video.

Read more about GSSW's Bridge Project, or visit the Bridge Project website.

Serving the Community

GSSW serves the Denver metropolitan area and other Colorado communities in a variety of ways. These include lectures and workshops that the school hosts throughout the year, a variety of continuing professional development opportunities, and trainings and special events sponsored by GSSW's two institutes.

Each year, GSSW students complete more than 200,000 hours of unpaid field internships, a contribution of more than $3.5 million to Colorado human services.

Since 2010, faculty and staff have joined with current and incoming GSSW students for a community service day each fall, taking groups of volunteer workers to Denver area parks and nonprofit agencies. GSSW's student organizations also sponsor volunteer activities throughout the year.