School of Social Work

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The UAA School of Social Work is dedicated to advancing social work practice in Alaska through baccalaureate and master’s education, research, and service. Social work is a profession committed to ethical and research-informed practice that assists individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, advances social, economic, and environmental justice, and engages in policy practice. The School of Social Work offers the following degrees and certificates:


Academic Programs


News & Stories

  • Jaquisa Oliver taking social worker oath

    Gala celebrates School of Social Work Spring graduates

     |  Chynna Lockett  | 

    A Gala was held to celebrate the School of Social Work Spring graduates. About 100 people attended the event, filling the room with bustling conversation. Five students graduating from the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs share why social work motivates them.

  • Guy Harris

    MSW Student Spotlight: Guy Harris

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    "For all those deciding what to do following high school, I encourage you to find your passion, that spark that brings you joy and motivation. If you don’t quite know what you want to do with your life, that is okay. When you find the path that motivates you, take each small step one by one, but don’t stop growing," said MSW student Guy Harris.

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    6 COH graduate students accepted to Project BLENDS

     |  Ahliil Saitanan  |  , , ,

    Project BLENDS is pleased to announce that it has accepted six College of Health graduate students for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Katie Lester and her service dog

    BSW student Katie Lester wins scholarship and hopes to continue advocacy work

     |  Ahliil Saitanan  | 

    Katie Lester, a senior in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, recently received $8,000 from the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) scholarship program with multiple sponsors donating to the scholarship. Katie was one of 30 scholarship recipients and her award was specifically for academic excellence and service to the community.

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    MSW alumna Vanessa Salmon publishes article about the challenges rural women experience delivering babies

     |  Ahliil Saitanan  | 

    Vanessa Salmon, a 2019 MSW program graduate, published an article in the Journal of Rural Mental Health, titled "When delivery means departure: Describing the practice and impacts of mandated maternal transport in Alaska," which was her capstone project for the program. This research is about the challenges rural women experience delivering babies and the demands of having to move into hub communities to await delivery. Salmon was the lead author, alongside UAA School of Social Work professor Dr. Heidi Brocious and UAF Dept. of Social Work associate professor Dr. Laverne Demientieff.

Programs & Resources


Photo of Hattie Harvey, Carey Moore, and Mary Dallas AllenProject BLENDS

Project BLENDS is a training program designed to prepare graduates to work collaboratively to support infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with high intensity social-emotional needs and their families.

Two Alaska Native elders share a moment outdoorsNational Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders

NRC-ANE develops, produces, and disseminates resources that support and advance positive aging in Alaska.

Alaska mountainscapeAlaska Interprofessional Distance Learning Consortium

AK-IDLC is a program that trains graduate students in the delivery of culturally responsive behavioral health care using face-to-face and telehealth methods.

Photo of Mary Louise Rasmuson Operation Mary Louise

OML is an state-wide women veterans project to connect women veterans with resources in Alaska, to build the Alaska women veteran community, and to acknowledge the achievements of women veterans.

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UAA School of Social Work
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr, Suite 234
Anchorage, AK 99508



UAA School of Social Work
3211 Providence Dr, PSB 234
Anchorage, AK 99508