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 MSW curriculum includes many global learning opportunities:
- an increasing number of international experiential courses and internships
- an MSW concentration in Sustainable Development & Global Practice
- the opportunity to take courses at other units on campus or earn dual master's degrees in social work and another field.
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.
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.
The Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families
GSSW and its Erna and Brad Butler Institute for Families are among the partners in the University of Denver's Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families (RCSDF). This teaching model focuses on providing interdisciplinary services to separating and divorcing families. RCSDF was developed by the Honoring Families Initiative at DU's Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
RCSDF is the first center of its kind in the United States, providing comprehensive legal services, therapeutic services and financial planning services in a warm and inviting environment.
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 three 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.