Director's Welcome

Steve AndersonWelcome to the Michigan State University School of Social Work (SSW). In an age of great economic inequality, rising social tensions, and countless vulnerable groups in need of compassion and assistance, social work is more important than ever. Our School is committed to meet these challenges by conducting cutting edge research and by educating skilled and creative social work practitioners and scholars, within a framework that highlights social work values of empowerment and social justice.

As part of the nation’s first land grant university, the School long has stressed providing access to excellent social work education across the State, as well as engagement in our communities. This is reflected by our four Michigan program sites (East Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, and Oakland County), as well as a unique statewide blended MSW program. More recently, we have embraced MSU President Lou Anna Simon’s call for MSU to become a “World-Grant” university, with the aim of extending our land grant focus on quality educational access around the world. This is a great fit for social work, in that it compels us to reach across the developing world to learn about the broadest range of social issues and practices, and to share our talents in responding to pressing international problems.

The School is well-equipped to meet these ambitious objectives. We are led by a highly talented and diverse team of faculty and staff members, who pride themselves on educating our students on best social work practices in a rich array of substantive areas and practice settings. We are a people friendly place that cares about our students and community members, and strives to maximize the potential of everyone who comes into our program.

I hope you will get a flavor of our programs and activities by exploring our website. If you have questions or want more information, please contact the indicated leaders in various program areas or reach out to me personally ( We will be happy to connect you to the best people and information sources about our School, and welcome any engagement with us you may wish to pursue.

Best Wishes,

Steve Anderson
Director and Professor
School of Social Work