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 (GASSW) educates professional social workers who engage with diverse communities and promote social change.
The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is named for native Nebraskan and social reformer, Grace Abbott. Her 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.
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.
We serve a diverse group of individuals and communities. Our students gain structured community experience in social service agencies, hospitals, public schools and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Our practicum experience helps students develop specialized knowledge and skills to practice professional social work following graduation. Our MSW and BSSW off-campus programs serve rural communities outside of the Omaha metropolitan area.
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.