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School of Social Work
Theresa Barron McKeagney



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UNO School of Social Work

Dr. Theresa Barron-McKeagney, Director of the School, welcomes you.

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The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is part of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). Our program offers fully accredited undergraduate and graduate social work programs, an MSW/MPA dual degree, an upcoming MSW/MPH dual degree, and a Gerontology Certificate.

As one of the fastest growing professions, social work continues to expand meeting the social challenges of a changing society and addressing the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities. Our mission’s goals include educating students to become highly qualified social workers who influence systems which impact people’s lives and society at large. We take teaching very seriously in our Grace Abbott School of Social Work which is evident in the number of teaching awards both faculty and the School has received.

We are strongly committed to advancing knowledge through research and scholarship. We consider our students, ‘partners’ in these relationships and have strong connections with our diverse communities not only in Nebraska and the Midwest, but throughout the country. Our students have presented products of their scholarship at professional conferences nationally and internationally. UNO was recently selected as a Carnegie Classified Institution for Community Engagement. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service contributes greatly to this classification as a whole, and in particular, the Grace Abbott School of Social Work’s contributions in the average number of social work internship hours to communities served is quite impressive, calculated in the thousands each year. The entire faculty is engaged in diverse scholarship and service activities. A pedagogy that we value greatly is service-learning and the School has numerous relationships with university and community colleagues in this vision.

We could not be as successful in these endeavors without the support from generous donors who contribute to the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work. Each year the School awards nearly $30,000 in scholarship awards. Donors’ generosity does not end with financial support; they give their valuable time to the School through their service on advisory boards, committees, and part-time faculty instruction.

“Wisdom, courage and compassion-three essential elements of a noble life” (Confucius). The field of social work is one of the noble professions and our students past, present, and future demonstrate their commitment every day using the essential three elements. If you are inspired by this sentiment, then I encourage you to join us at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work.

With Gratitude,
Dr. Theresa Barron-McKeagney, LCSW, Ph.D.
Director, UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work