CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 18, August 18, 2011

Working for Social Change

Christian Molidor, director of the School of Social Work at Cal State Long Beach, on a visit to Rwanda in 2009.Social workers provide a vast array of services for California’s families and represent a link between state services and community action. With the number of neglected children, needy elderly and disadvantaged ethnic populations steadily increasing, there is a significant demand nationwide for qualified social workers.

The California State University strives to meet the demand by offering degree programs in social work that provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to work with all size client systems in regional and national communities. In fact, the latest economic impact report shows that the CSU awards 82 percent of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and 69 percent of the master’s degrees in social work. More.

Passion for Compassion

Professor Chambers with CSULB social work students at the National Association of Social Workers’ Legislative Lobby Day. The profession of social work is deeply committed to the relief of human distress and to meeting the social, psychological and economic needs of human beings. The CSU’s dedication to making a difference within the community and each professor’s devotion to helping others is what sets the CSU learning experience apart from other institutions. The CSU takes pride in providing students a well-rounded education through instructors that instill knowledge, offer opportunities to assist with their research/work and inspire passion for compassion. More.

Learning the Ropes in Social Work

Chico State student lobbying in Sacramento for the welfare of the elderly. The CSU graduates professionals in social work who have ample experience in the field and are well versed on the theoretical side of the profession. In addition to teaching students about social policy, methods to analyzing behavior and how to deal with different groups of people, the social work schools and programs give students hands-on experience in the field. More.

CSU Campuses Cultivating Global Change

CSU campuses provide students with a variety of programs, opportunities and amenities to enrich and expand their knowledge of the social work industry.

Campuses offer study abroad opportunities for students in the social work schools and programs as a way to gain an in-depth view of the social environments in other countries. For example, San José State University has offered programs in Argentina and México in past years to give students a better understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural history, as well as human rights issues and challenges in these countries. More.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Kenneth MillarFeatured Blog: Role Models

See how Kenneth Millar, CSU Long Beach’s dean of the College of Health and Human Services, started his career in social work with inspiration from one college professor.


Chico State School of Social Work Creating Accessible Education

The School of Social Work at CSU Chico is developing new programs for the North State that involve traditional classroom learning as well as online and multimedia delivery of material. More.

CSUMB Teaches Students Hands-On Learning

Students pursuing a master’s degree in social work from CSU Monterey Bay are gaining ample hands-on experience through field practicums within the community and university. More.

SJSU Students Gain Perspective During Vietnam Social Work Trip

San José State students and faculty visited Vietnam this summer to learn about and share their thoughts on the social issues plaguing the country. More.

HSU Online Social Work Degrees Gain Final Accreditation

Humboldt State University’s Department of Social Work has received final approval of its online degree programs from the Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and from the Council on Social Work Education. More.

CSUSB Grad and Former Foster Youth Aims to Make Difference

CSU San Bernardino grad Dominic Ruffin uses his experience of being a former foster youth to strive to make difference in field of social work. More.

CSUF Helps Former Drug Addict Find New Direction

“I was putting all my energy into abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Daniel Cole, recent Cal State Fullerton graduate. “Today, I put that energy into positive places, such as my education, so I can go out into the community and save lives, instead of taking them.” More.


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