Learning Communities

To be an effective social work practitioner requires more than skills. Ethical virtues are also foundational. Good action is an outcome of ethical virtues coupled with skills. A well-lived life, professional or personal, must, therefore, engage beyond the practical and explore the human condition. The mark of an excellent social work education is also that, where students are enabled to cross a variety of bridges to become that whole person.

The School of Social Work has designed more than a dozen learning communities to give students an opportunity to form new social and professional friendships in the act of exploring new ideas. The learning communities go beyond the classroom and engage faculty and students as they explore leading issues that affect the communities with whom they work and ideas that are central to right action in this world. Students, who can join as many learning communities as they can fit into their schedule, collaborate with their peers to participate in lively discussion and group activities that explore contemporary complex problems at the intersections of race, poverty, mental health, neuroscience, and social work. At their core, these learning communities will sustain a thriving intellectual environment for students that is formative.