MISSION: To educate students to be competent professional social workers, and to provide leadership in the shaping of human service delivery systems worldwide.
We welcome your interest in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. We offer both Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree programs. As a School of Social Work candidate, you will be challenged by a curriculum that has the accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. You will learn from an excellent faculty, many of whom are nationally-known for their contributions in diverse areas of the social work profession. Through their lives and work in Michigan, nationally and internationally, they contribute to the community in a variety of capacities. As a School of Social Work graduate, you will join the ranks of a significant and successful contingent of helping professionals. The campus is easily accessible from highways US 131 and I-196. The campus includes a state-of-the-art library, computer facilities, bookstore, and cafe. We thank you for visiting our website. We hope you find it helpful and informative. Should you have specific questions, do not hesitate to call. We look forward to hearing from you.
Scott Berlin, Ph.D., LMSW, Director, School of Social Work
Cray Mulder, Ph.D., LMSW, Director, MSW Program
Robin Smith-Colton, Ph. D., LMSW, Director, BSW Program
We call ourselves an engaged College because we take the skills and talents of our faculty and staff and we work on projects in the community. We help to be a voice. We see ourselves as a college and a university, but we are part of the community and not separate from the community. - Dean George Grant, Jr.
Learn how #CCPS students ENGAGE with faculty and community, ENRICH their education by participating in learning and growing opportunities, and ENHANCE the communities they serve. Learn more >> gvsu.edu/ccps/engage-enrich-enhance-126.htm
December 13, 2019
A monthly book club called Social Justice Begins With Me, which meets at the Grand Rapids Public Library and is a partnership between the library and Grand Valley's School of Social Work, designed for children ages 4-11 and explores social justice issues.
April 11, 2019
GVSU Civic Engagement Showcase featuring some of our MSW students, with photo featuring Erica Mickens.
February 04, 2019
Radio interview with Professors Steve Smith and Quincy Williams, along with student Alyssa Gunderson on their recent trip to support disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
January 10, 2019
Photo Exhibition by Social Work faculty: Dr. Paola Leon and Dr. Steven Smith