SSW Alumni Network
Thank you for your interest in the School of Social Welfare alumni community. You can remain connected with the school and other alumni, and support current students – your future colleagues!
- Receive the SSW e-newsletter by keeping your contact information updated with the UAlbany Alumni Association.
- Read the latest School of Social Welfare e-news.
- Connect with SSW through Facebook and Twitter.
- Keep us updated on news and accomplishments.
For more information, please contact Alyssa Lotmore at [email protected].
Help a Student in Their Career Path
Connect with Other Alumni
- Connect with the UAlbany School of Social Welfare alumni in the Alumni Facebook Group (Note: The Facebook Group is managed by SSW Alumni)
- Nominate a fellow-alumnus for an Alumni Excellence Award
- Attend an upcoming UAlbany Alumni Event
Connect with a Professor
Visit the School of Social Welfare faculty directory for a list of professors.
Subscribe to the MSW Alumni Listserv for job postings and other announcements from our alumni and community partners.
- Compose a message to: [email protected]
- No subject line
- In the body of the email, type the following: Subscribe MSWSUNYA First Name Last Name
- Send the email
- You will get a response from the LISTSERV with a link to click on. Click on the link, and you are registered.
Pictured: Marcia Rabinowitz '79 '82, Doris Ramirez-Romero ‘85 ‘87, Yvette Milillo ‘82 ‘84, Sheena MacGregor-Pilz ‘07 ‘08 (center), Alyssa Lotmore ‘07 ‘08, at the UAlbany Alumni Day at the Races, July 2022.
Student Profiles and Awards
As a student in the School of Social Welfare, you earn more than a degree. You become part of a community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Our students are doing great things in the classroom and in the community.
The generosity of donors makes lives brighter, provides meaningful opportunities, and makes the dream of higher education possible for many students at UAlbany.
During the scholarship application period, accepted and current students may apply for scholarships online.
Meet a few of those social welfare students (below) as they share heartfelt words of gratitude for their scholarships.
"I am truly grateful to have been awarded the Stephanie Wacholder Scholarship. This generosity ensures that I can purchase the necessary textbooks, subscriptions, and equipment I need to succeed in my academic endeavors. I have not been in a classroom setting in over 6 years and admittedly, I was nervous about how well I would manage with working full-time, attending school part-time, and the cost associated with graduate studies. Financial support from community partners makes the journey easier and makes my dream of becoming a social worker more tangible."
"Receiving this scholarship gives me a feeling of validation for the hard work I've put into revitalizing my academic career. When I was failing out of community college, the idea of grad school was beyond ridiculous. To be recognized with a scholarship definitely feels good."
"I cannot say 'thank you' enough for the generous scholarship I was awarded. This scholarship has helped me tremendously. I look forward to someday being able to give back to students who are trying to further their education like myself."
2021 University at Albany Lavender Awards
Several members of the School of Social Welfare family were honored with 2021 Lavender Awards. The Lavender awards celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and allied faculty, staff, and students for their work in promoting LGBTQ+ equity at UAlbany. Read more.
The School of Social Welfare has a radio show. The Social Workers Radio Talk Show airs live on UAlbany's WCDB 90.9FM in Albany, NY. Our mission is to use the medium of radio to educate and enlighten our university and extended communities about social work trends and current practices provided by social workers.
Hosted by Dr. Eric Hardiman and Alyssa Lotmore, LMSW.
For all episodes, visit the show's website.
For more than 35 years, the Community and Public Service Program (CPSP) has been central to community engagement efforts at the University at Albany. Find out more about this credit-bearing undergraduate community service initiative.
“The Gathering” is a group in the School of Social Welfare that openly discusses social justice issues about race, ethnicity, social work activism, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, physical and mental ability, and immigration status.
The Purpose of “The Gathering”:
- To bring a deeper understanding of social justice issues in social work practice.
- To make inclusiveness a habit practiced by everyone in the School of Social Welfare and beyond.
- To raise participants’ awareness of their own privilege and power, and acknowledge the impact of this privilege and power in their lives.
- To create a positive and inclusive campus climate for all.
- To help participants gain a better awareness of, and challenge their own assumptions, about diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For more information and the semester meeting schedule, contact Dawn Knight-Thomas.
Pictured: Stephanie Wacholder, Katharine Briar-Lawson, and Hal Lawson at the Inaugural Katharine-Briar Lawson Lecture in 2017.
The Katharine Briar-Lawson Lecture
To honor and pay tribute to Dr. Katharine Briar-Lawson, this lecture series is designed to educate the campus and surrounding communities on a broad range of topics related to the research and practice of social work. Currently a professor of social welfare and dean emerita of the School of Social Welfare, Dr. Briar-Lawson has been a leader in social work for over 40 years, spearheading innovative university partnerships with public, private, and non-profit sectors at local, national and international levels. Dr. Briar-Lawson has received multiple awards and honors in recognition of her service to UAlbany, the Capital District, and the social work profession.
Examples include the University at Albany's Academic Laureate Award, the highest honor for a faculty member; the Sage College Award for Higher Education Leader in Character Education; the Outstanding Social Work Dean for Aging from the John A. Hartford Foundation; the National Association of Social Workers' International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award; the Council on Social Work Education’s Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award; and the NASW Social Work Pioneers Award.