Meet the Director

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It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Simmons University School of Social Work.

Simmons is the cradle of social work education- this is where it all began. Having educated students in clinical social work since 1904, we pride ourselves on training and educating the best social workers in the country. At Simmons, you’ll find a faculty of social workers who love being in the classroom-- they are practicing in and advocating for their communities, and engaging in research that benefits the most vulnerable members of society. We embrace the six core values of the social work profession: service, social justice, dignity & worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. We are committed to creating a learning environment for students that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion as we challenge injustice.

Our students are bright, engaging and diverse. They are dedicated to becoming the best social workers they can be. Our classrooms are filled with lively discussions, debates and opportunities to learn and practice the theories, models and skills that social workers use every day in the field. In their field placements, students get the opportunity to practice their skills in supportive and challenging environments. Our PhD students work closely with faculty to develop research agendas that have an impact on practice and policy in their areas of interest.

We can’t wait to have you join us and become part of our powerful social work legacy.


Melinda Gushwa