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Engaged, Diverse, Ready for Service

The mission of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is to educate students to become highly qualified social workers who serve all people, influence the systems that affect them, advance knowledge through teaching and research, engage with diverse communities, and promote socially just societies.

Social Work

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is named for native Nebraskan and social reformer, Grace Abbott. Abbott's social activism and writings contributed to programs that safeguarded mothers and families, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers. Today, that tradition is embodied in students, faculty and proud alumni.

There’s a reason to choose social work. Answering a call to service changes more than one life—it has a ripple effect, first touching one person and eventually an entire community. The Grace Abbott School of Social Work educates professional social workers who engage with diverse communities and promote social change. 

The ripple effect we speak of often starts with a macro focus. Our students regularly engage with state lawmakers and government officials concerning issues of policy and advocacy that ultimately affect positive change for individuals, families and community groups. The Grace Abbott School of Social Work welcomes traditional and non-traditional students to study in multiple areas of social work practice. The common thread among our diverse student population is a heart for service.