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Welcome to the School of Social Work 

Ruth Anne Van Loon - Director 

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to welcome you to the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work (SSW), now in its 37th year as a professional school delivering the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students accepted into the SSW are members of a widespread community that has a long-standing commitment to health, social justice, and the empowerment of individuals and families, through our excellence in education, research, and practice.

As students in the SSW, you have the advantage of an interdisciplinary education which you can apply to your hands-on experience during field placements within over 200 agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students in the BSW and MSW programs also have opportunities to become involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including Bearcat Social Workers (undergraduate), the Association of Black Social Workers, the Social Work Graduate Student Association, NAMI on Campus, and more.

I hope to meet each of you as the year progresses and wish you good luck throughout your time at UC. 

Sincerely,

​Ruth Anne Van Loon, PhD, MSW, LISW, ACSW
Associate Professor and Director

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Jade Clark, a senior in the Speech Language Pathology Program at theUniversity of Cincinnati (UC) College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS), is therecipient of a $7,500 Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship, one of onlysix college students across the country to earn the merit-based scholarship.Clark is the first UC student to win the Gallagher Scholarship, given outannually since 2001 by the student health insurance company.This honor is the latest in a series for Clark as in her time at UC, shehas received several scholarships and awards. In addition to the GallagherScholarship, she is the 2016 recipient of the Annie Fitzgerald Award forLeadership and Service, and also received the 2016 Kacher-Bloom MemorialScholarship. She is also active in several campus organizations and volunteersfor many groups on and off campus, including living in the Gen-1 house andserving as a Gen-1 ambassador. Read Story

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