Advanced Standing Program

Our 15-Month Accelerated Program is now a 12-month Advanced Standing Program. Apply now.

New Book: Smart Decarceration

Smart Decarceration is a forward-thinking, practical volume that provides solutions and concrete strategies for ushering in an era of decarceration.

Remembering Michael Schoder

The SSA community remembers Michael Schoder, first-year, full-time master's student.

How Prevention Research Can Short-Circuit Urban Problems

Since its inception, faculty at SSA have focused on understanding the underlying causes of some of society's most pressing social problems. This knowledge often has been used to develop and test strategies to address those causes—to get ahead of or eliminate such problems. 

Detouring youth from urban violence, protecting children from potential abuse, or keeping students in school is far better than trying to rebuild lives scarred by violence, maltreatment, or a failed education.


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Supports for the City's Most Vulnerable Residents

The most vulnerable residents of cities often struggle to access the different benefits and sources and nonprofit organizations provide. It is a perennial challenge of social work and related fields to more seamlessly connect the different "silos" of the soical safety net—a complex web of government programs designed to stabilize our most vulnerable and help them to thrive—so that individuals and families can spend more time capitalizing on those resources, and less time hunting to find them.

The inter-related nature of many of these individual programs—including income support, medical insurance, child care assistance, and protection of children at risk for abuse and neglect—is a key theme at SSA. The following profiles highlight some of the work our faculty members have done to help policymakers grapple with these complexities, and make the safety net more effective for those whose well-being depends upon it.


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Urban (In)Justice: Transforming Criminal Justice in Cities

A group of SSA faculty examines the effects of crime control on contemporary city life. In the United States, arrest and incarceration rates have reached historically high levels, while police-community relations have deteriorated. Policies and practices shaping urban life often run counter to their stated intentions of promoting safety, justice, and protection. This criminal justice work displays how strategies to reduce crime not only impact individuals interacting with the criminal justice system, but also shape how their families and community members experience city life.


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SSA's Global Urban Impact

Globalization has made our world smaller, faster paced, and more connected. Consider such basic concerns in the social work profession as poverty and inequality, immigration, health disparities, or urban violence.

The speed and scale of rapid urbanization sound a wake-up call about these social challenges. These are concerns that affect the human condition and have no borders. They all have global influences and repercussions. 

Through international adaptations, collaborations, and field research, SSA is rescaling research and education programs to address problems on the global stage. An expanded faculty is taking up new policy and practice developments across Asia, Central/Latin America, the former Soviet Union, and Africa. 


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