Why you should present at the Grad Research and Performance Summit

Last week, a group of students from the Certificate for Social Work with Latinos/as and I presented at the DU Graduate Research and Performance Summit (DU RAPS). Along with a handful of other MSW students, we contributed our perspective and shared a framework that can often be quite different from that of other academic programs.

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Specifically, we shared our experiential learning from the Puebla, MX trip and discussed our views on immigration, influenced both by our classroom learning and field experience. Overall,  presenting at DU RAPS was challenging and valuable as a growth experience. We were placed in a section titled “Power, Privilege, and Resistance” with one other presenter from GSSW, one from Performance Studies, and one from Communication Studies. I was proud to be contributing to the conversation from an applied perspective and to be learning from others with differing theoretical frameworks.

I want this blog to encourage others to present in the future. We make up a significant portion of the Graduate student population on campus (totaling at approximately 6,000). We have strong foundations in social justice, human rights, and ecological approaches. We bring a perspective that differs from other departments, in that we directly apply our learning every week in our field placements. Furthermore, as professionals in the field, I think it is important to have these interdisciplinary dialogues outside of our social work-framed conversations. After all, if our aim is to effect social change, we can’t be relegated to conversations amongst one another.

Logistics

Just to demystify DU RAPS, here are some (I hope) helpful insights about the summit:

  • You can present on research, you can perform a piece, or you can reflect on experiential learning (something we are extremely well-versed in doing :)).
  • The application process is somewhat simple with just a 250 word abstract for the presentation.
  • Presentations happen in break-out rooms that are themed to group the different presenters together. Rooms can hold up to 50 people. You have access to things like power-point or images if that seems appropriate.
  • Your presentation can be no longer than 10 minutes but it’s more of a gentle warning rather than a cut off.
  • The facilitator will draw connections between the presentations and ask for you to dialogue.
  • Everyone is very welcoming and in the spirit of encouraging this cross-disciplinary event.
  • There is free food!

I hope to see more GSSW presenters in the future and I hope we all grow from the interdisciplinary dialogues this event promotes.

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GSSW On the Road: Upcoming Graduate School Fairs and Panels

2014-2015 GSSW is on the road and we’d love to see you!

Colorado

September 23, 2014 – Colorado State University  Graduate School Fair– Fort Collins, Colorado

October 2, 2014 – University of Denver Graduate School Fair – Denver, Colorado

October 9, 2014 – Virtual SW Graduate School Fair – Online. Contact Nick Ota-Wang (Nick.Ota-Wang@du.edu) for details.

October 15, 2014 – Metropolitan State University of Denver – Graduate School Panel – Denver, Colorado

Florida

October 23 – 26, 2014 – CSWE National Conference – Tampa. Florida

California

November 8, 2014 – Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education – University of San Diego, San Diego, California

April 8, 2015 – Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education – Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

If you are near any of our travels and would like to chat with an admission counselor please contact Nick Ota-Wang by email to Nick.Ota-Wang@du.edu or call (303)-871-2779.

We hope to see you soon!

2014-2015 Information Sessions

Interested in obtaining your MSW degree? Ever wonder how the application process, financial aid, and academic work happens at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work?

If your answer to any or all of the questions above is YES then please consider signing up for one our information sessions this year!

2014-2015 Information Sessions

  • September 20 (Saturday, 9-noon)
  • October 10 (Friday, 1-4)
  • November 14 (Friday, 1-4)
  • December 5 (Friday, 1-4)
  • January 10 (Saturday, 9-noon)
  • March 6 (Friday, 1-4)
  • May 15 (Friday, 1-4)

To RSVP click here.

The sessions will be held in the Community Room in Craig Hall.

If you have any questions or would like to have the opportunity to speak with one of our Admission & Financial Aid staff please email us at gssw-admission@du.edu or give us a call (303)-871-2841.

We look forward to seeing you or speaking with you soon!

18th Chancellor for the University of Denver named

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Dr. Rebecca Chopp

18th Chancellor University of Denver

Photo courtesy of: University of Denver

 

The University of Denver announced today, June 12, 2014 that the 18th Chancellor of the University of Denver is Dr. Rebecca Chopp.

Dr. Chopp comes to DU from from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where she has served as President since 2009 and will join the University of Denver community as Chancellor on September 1, 2014 as the first female chancellor of the university.

More information about Dr. Chopp’s appointment as Chancellor and her professional background can be viewed online: http://www.du.edu/chancellor-search/index.html and/or by reading her interview with the DU Magazine: http://magazine.du.edu/campus-community/university-of-denver-names-rebecca-chopp-president-of-swarthmore-as-18th-chancellor/

The Graduate School of Social Work looks forward to welcoming Dr. Chopp to campus tomorrow and again in the coming months. For more information on tomorrows events at the Anderson Academic Commons please visit: http://www.du.edu/chancellor-search/index.html.

 

2014 is here! Is your application in?

Happy 2014 from GSSW Office of Admission & Financial Aid!

2014 is going to be a great year for GSSW! For more information on why 2014 is going to be a great year (at least from a historical perspective) visit: http://wp.me/p1bIUQ-p2.

With the New Year our admission staff are back to work getting applications downloaded, reviewed, completed, and making decisions. If you haven’t submitted your application yet please do so today! You can apply by visiting our websites: see below for information on application link and directions.

Application Directions & websites for our MSW programs and PhD program

MSW Denver campus:Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/ApplicationInstructionsMSW2014.pdf

Application website: https://myweb.du.edu/mdb/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

MSW Durango campus: Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/admission/msw/applyfourcorners.html

Application website: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/fourcornersapplication.pdf

MSW Glenwood Springs campus: Priority application date is January 15, 2014!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/admission/msw/applywcolorado.html

Application website: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/westerncoapp.pdf

PhD Denver campus: Priority application date was December 15, 2013. Please apply if you are still interested!

Application directions: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/ApplicationInstructionsPhD2014.pdf

Application website: https://myweb.du.edu/mdb/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

Additional helpful information resources:

Is my application complete? It might be!

Denver campus applicants:

If you applied for our MSW on our Denver campus or our PhD program on our Denver campus visit: https://myweb.du.edu/mdb/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage and log in using your self created username & pin. If you have trouble logging in contact our Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or gssw-admission@du.edu

Durango & Glenwood Springs campus applicants:

Please contact Nick Ota-Wang in our Admission Office to check on the status of your application. He can be reached at Nick.Ota-Wang@du.edu or (303)-871-2779.

How will I be notified of my admission decision?

For all of our applicants you will be getting a formal letter to the address you applied to GSSW with. Typically you’ll receive this letter 4-6 weeks after your application is complete.

How does Financial Aid awarding work?

Depends on the program you applied to. Contact our Office of Financial Aid at gssw-finaid@du.edu or (303)-871-2841 to ask about your Financial Aid package details and further information.

I got an offer admission and want to pay my deposit, how do I do that?

In your admission letter you’ll receive instructions on how to pay your deposit online. If you lost this information or if you would rather pay by check/money order contact the Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or gssw-admission@du.edu so we can provide you with the necessary address & directions.

When is my deposit due? 

Deposits for all programs are due by April 15, 2014.

How much is my deposit?

Your deposit is $300.00.

I wasn’t offered admission. Can I reapply?

Yes! Please contact our Office of Admission at (303)-871-2841 or gssw-admission@du.edu to find out how to re-apply for the next academic year.

I want to visit campus & see a class before I make my admission decision. How can I visit campus & see a class?

Campus visits & class observations can be done by contacting Nick Ota-Wang at Nick.Ota-Wang@du.edu.

For campus visits please send Nick your availability by day(s) and time(s). Please keep your times between 9:00am – 3:30pm Monday – Friday.

For class observations please indicate what area(s) of Social Work you are interested in and what day(s) & time(s) work best in your schedule. Nick will do his best to accommodate your needs!

I applied to GSSW and see you have an upcoming Information Session. Should I sign up? 

You can but our Information Sessions are for students who have not yet applied to our program. If you are interested in visiting campus please see above for campus visit information.

My question wasn’t answered on this blog posting… who do I contact to get my question answered?

Contact our Admission staff! By phone to (303)-871-2841 or by email gssw-admission@du.edu. We are happy to help answer any question or concern you may have!

DU celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150 years)

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The University of Denver will celebrate its Sesquicentennial (150 Years) as a university in 2014.

Below is a picture of campus as it would have looked in 1864.

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Photo courtesy of: http://blogs.du.edu/magazine/files/2013/11/OldCampus-2c892s3.jpg

Below is what campus looks like today (2014):

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Photo courtesy of: http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg112/MobyLL/DU/UniversityHall2.jpg

Both photos are of University Hall which was is currently the oldest building on the DU campus. Ground breaking on University Hall took place around 1890 (http://hdl.handle.net/10176/codu:55330)

As part of the larger university celebrations the university is hosting many events throughout the year to help the DU community, supporters, and alumni celebrate this momentous moment in the universities history. The main university blog posted a great article about the history of the university that we at GSSW think you all should go read and share. Their blog can be viewed at:  http://blogs.du.edu/magazine/campus-community/university-to-celebrate-150th-anniversary-throughout-2014.

In addition to this great article the university has a Sesquicentennial website with all the events and information that will happen over the next school year. We encourage everyone to visit: http://www.du.edu/live/eventseries.html#sesquicentennial.

The GSSW Class of 2014 is graduating in an unique year for the university and are also our last class to graduate under our old curriculum. Lots of changes are happening at GSSW and at DU and we hope everyone is ready for the journey with us!

Happy Sesquicentennial DU! We’re glad to be a part of such a great university!