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School of Social Work

Welcome Alumni and Friends!

Message from Director John Bricout

Dear Alumni and Friends of the School of Social Work,

Welcome! Let this new publication, and these new pages serve as connections to your past, as well as a springboard to new relationships. It is said that if you want to learn something about a person, look at the circle of friends. You—our friends and alumni—make us look very good. We count ourselves fortunate to have a circle of supporters that is by all accounts generous, caring and committed to living out the values of our School: equity, diversity, social justice, and a passion for promoting human rights while mitigating human suffering.

The circle you form around us creates a space where our students can learn, challenge themselves, stretch and contribute in the presence of fine role models, advocates and supporters. That circle can also be a place where you can make new connections, and as a circle looking outward as well as inward, take in new sights and grow alike. I will be glad to meet you, please do reach out as well.

John Bricout, Director and Professor

pictures of alumni

Clockwise from top left: Ph.D. grads 2011; Youth Studies grads 2017; YDL grads 2015; M.S.W. grads 2014

Alumni and Friends Events

CEHD Homecoming Pre-Parade Tailgate Party & Parade Entry

Friday, Oct. 5
4–6 p.m.
Burton Hall Plaza

Join us for a traditional CEHD alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends, and family event to reconnect at Homecoming 2018: TRADITION NEVER GRADUATES. Enjoy great food, live music, face painting, Photo Booth pictures and so much more! See a complete listing of events for Homecoming 2018.

MSW Virtual Alumni Career Panel

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
noon–1:00 p.m. (CST)

Join us to hear from alumni of the Master's of Social Work program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. We have expert panel members who have years of experience recruiting, interviewing, and hiring social workers. Whether you are a current student, new graduate, or have been in the field for many years, you’ll learn more about what employers are looking for when they hire workers. The panel will be moderated by MJ Gilbert, MSW alumni and director of field instruction. Register.

Continuing Education Discounts
for Alumni

Alumni of the University of MN School of Social Work receive a 10% discount to classes offered through our Continuing Education program, which provides three certificates (Supervision in Social Work, Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies, and Trauma-Effective Leadership Certificates) and over 45 one and two-day classes each year. More information regarding our certificates and classes can be found at our website. Please email Kayla Simmel, Program Manager, at for information on receiving your alumni discount.


MSW Alumna Brenda Hartman is using her Bush Fellowship to write a curriculum to help health professionals talk about death with their patients. Read more.

Angie Hirsch, American Indian Mental Health Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is Social Work Alumni of the Year. Read more.

YDL graduate Jenny Collins, Executive Director of University YMCA, is spotlighted by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Read more.

Stay Connected and Engaged

Be an Alumni Ambassador

We are looking for alumni to be ambassadors for our school! There are many ways to be engaged as an ambassador:

  • Connect with prospective students via email, phone, or in person who are interested in our programs
  • Get featured on our website to share your experience with prospective students, current students, and other alumni
  • Participate in panels, presentations, information sessions, events, etc.

Be as involved as you’d like—it’s flexible! If you’re interested, please complete this form, and we will contact you with more information!

Update Your Contact Information

Stay connected with us! If your contact information has changed, please complete this short form to stay connected with us - with updated news, employment opportunities, and to make sure you’re on our list for our e-newsletter!

Share with Us What You Are Doing

Prospective and current students are eager to learn more about what our alumni are doing after graduation. Filling out this form will help us keep track of alumni career paths.

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