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A Message from Interim Dean Suzanne Sankar:

Dear friends,

Dear SSW friends, 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of the founding of Simmons School of Social Work. For 110 years, Simmons has been a leader in preparing clinical social work practitioners and scholars. It will not surprise you to hear that our dedicated faculty and staff continue to build on our history and tradition of excellence and innovation: this summer, we welcomed our first class of students to our new online MSW degree program, SocialWork@Simmons. Students and faculty give the program high marks and all are very enthusiastic about the quality of learning opportunities available in this new state-of-the-art learning platform. In September, we welcome our second cohort of online students.

Innovation and excellence in clinical social work education and scholarship are the cornerstones for all of the School’s academic programs. As the 2014-2015 academic year commences, I am proud to report that as practitioners and scholars, SSW faculty are actively conducting research on serious social issues in need of urgent attention. Suicide prevention, adolescent drug abuse, health disparities, immigrant health, aging and disabilities are some of the areas being addressed by our exceptional faculty. Faculty research enriches classroom teaching and contributes to wider professional and community efforts to address contemporary social problems.

In keeping with our commitment to excellence, the results of the 2014 Annual Exit survey confirm that graduating SSW students view their SSW education to be of the highest caliber, with over 90 percent of respondents stating that their MSW education, both field placement and classroom, solidly prepared them for contemporary social work practice.

In closing, I want to encourage you to stay connected as alumni to the School of Social Work. We are proud of you, our alumni, for the work you do everyday as clinical social workers in community clinics, home based programs, hospitals, schools and prisons. In every way, you are important members of the Simmons School of Social Work Community.

Enjoy a wonderful fall.

Suzanne Sankar, Interim Dean, School of Social WorkSincerely,

Suzanne Sankar, Interim Dean, School of Social Work



Suzanne Sankar '77SW
Interim Dean, School of Social Work
Simmons College




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