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School of Social Welfare

As resilient social workers, our resourceful nature helped us face the racial strife and global health pandemic of 2020. We were forward-thinking leaders of social change on the frontlines of schools, community centers, and medical centers. Even when feeling deflated, we found strength driven by our social work values that “strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty and other forms of social injustices.”

As educators, we must stress the importance of respect for each other and nonviolence—especially during times of heated debate. Maintaining a critical perspective is one of our six social work values. 

As social work leaders and mentors, we have a duty to promote the importance of social change. We must advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Social work is social justice. 

In 2019, we launched the School’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scholars Program. We are asking again this year for your help to both keep this program active and to increase the number of students we can support. Our School is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and the work is never done. With your continued support and partnership, we can truly make a difference and move closer to our vision of all individuals, families, & communities utilizing their power to achieve justice, equity, & well-being.

The DEI Scholars Program is designed to support students with a passion for racial and social justice who take on extra responsibilities to assist the School in having difficult conversations, raising awareness, educating our communities and striving to make positive changes in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. This year we were able to provide support for two DEI Fellows and two DEI scholars. The funds that these students receive are intended to support research time and will help offset income that they might have received from part-time employment.

KU Alumni Network Giving
Our alumni networks in Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Greater Kansas City, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and Wichita are showing their Jayhawk pride today. Let your fellow local KU alumni know to make their gift today!
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Rank Answer Gifts
1 Greater Kansas City 428
2 Wichita 65
3 Denver 44
4 Washington D.C 39
5 New York 29
6 Chicago 27
7 Dallas 20
8 Houston 18
9 Los Angeles 17
10 St. Louis 16
11 San Francisco 15
12 Phoenix 14
13 Colorado Springs 6
Advisory Board Challenge for Social Welfare
Challenge unlocked! Thank you to our Social Welfare Advisory Board and wonderful donors!
100 / 100 Gifts
Anonymous Match for Social Welfare
Match met! Thank you to all our wonderful Social Welfare donors.
$1,000 MATCHED
Dean’s Challenge for Social Welfare
Challenged unlocked! Thank you Dean Carney and our wonderful Social Welfare donors.
50 / 50 Gifts
Elise J. Chapline Match for Social Welfare
Match met! Thank you Elise J. Chapline and our wonderful Social Welfare donors.
$1,500 MATCHED
Kelli Carroll and David Ross Challenge for Social Welfare
Challenge unlocked! Thanks to Kelli Carroll and David Ross and our wonderful Social Welfare donors!
75 / 75 Gifts
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