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Office of Global Social Work Programs

Welcome to the Office of Global Social Work Programs at Rutgers School of Social Work. Our mission is to promote global citizenship and professional action among social work students, graduates, faculty, and practitioners. We achieve this through education, advocacy, research, and service to vulnerable groups in other parts of the world, as well as immigrants and refugees in our own communities in New Jersey and beyond.

The Office works to bring the world into the classroom through global content that is infused throughout the curriculum as well as provided through specialized international education courses. We work to expand international research, education, and service opportunities for students and faculty.

To meet our vision, we engage in a variety of activities, including:

  • advocating for increased recognition of social work as a global profession with unique knowledge and skills to address human vulnerability on a global scale
  • expanding instructional programs and course content on topics relevant to globally recognized risk factors such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, disasters, gender-based violence, trafficking in persons, aging, disability, and child abuse and neglect
  • advancing global education, research, and practice opportunities for SSW students and faculty through resource development and technical assistance
  • fostering connections with global organizations such as the United Nations and UNICEF, international development organizations such as USAID, and foreign governments and educational institutions to advance global social work education, research, and practice
  • advancing global initiatives within the Rutgers community through inter-professional, collaborative projects with other centers and institutes, departments, and schools
  • fostering the development of global social work and international networks using technology for student and faculty learning, research, and practice

Get Involved!

Support the initiatives of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance in the development of global competencies and skills for professional and paraprofessional social workers through technical assistance by faculty and students.

Contact us for more information.

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