News & Events


Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dr. Karen Bullock, professor and head of the Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University | April 16
"The Influence of Culture on End-of-Life Decision Making"
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UTSA Master of Social Work program cracks top 75 graduate social work programs in the nation from 2018 U.S. News & World Report
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College of Public Policy, Social Work to host 2-day conference on the responsibility of social workers in migration and human rights 
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The transnational responsibility of social work in migratory processes
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Social work students close to implementing child care for graduate students at the Downtown Campus
A child care program could launch by spring semester with the help of La Trinidad United Methodist Church (San Antonio Express-News)

Social Work Communities Class wins COSA Grant!

Candace Christensen and the graduate students in her SW Advanced Communities Course were awarded $900 from the City of San Antonio Challenge Grant! Their program will address safety issues raised in a community needs assessment of the Westside of San Antonio. The Festival to be held in conjunction with the Madonna Neighborhood Place will provide safety education and awareness through collaborative presentations from law enforcement and other community organizations.

Roadrunner Pantry!

We will be holding a collection during the last class event for the Roadrunner Pantry. The purpose of this collection is to get non-expired, non-perishable items such as cereal, peanut butter/jelly, oatmeal, hygiene products, crackers, etc. for students who may be struggling to make ends meet. If you have any questions feel free to contact

2018 Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Scholarship

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has made available a one-year scholarship in the amount of $5,000 for students who have completed or are about to complete their first year of studies in the program (fall 2016 entrants).

Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW or MSSW) at one of 12 Texas graduate programs that are accredited or pending accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Have completed (or be about to complete) their first year of graduate studies in social work and be prepared to enter their second year in the program in the fall of 2018.
  • Demonstrate their commitment to pursuing a career in providing mental health services to underserved/underrepresented individuals and their communities in Texas upon obtaining their MSW or MSSW degree.

**Check back soon for fall 2018 application

Required documents include:

  • Cover sheet with your first and last name, Banner ID, telephone number; e-mail address, and date of submission;
  • Copy of your resume; and
  • Personal statement (500 word maximum) that addresses the following points:
  • -Your career goals;
  • -Why you chose social work as a career;
  • -Experience to date (if any) in providing mental health services;
  • -How a Master’s degree in Social Work will help you achieve your career goals;
  • -Impact you intend to achieve as a professional social worker; and
  • -Your need to receive this award.

The Department of Social Work Scholarship Committee will nominate a student for this scholarship based on applicants received. The nominee must then be recommended for the scholarship formally by the Chair of the UTSA Social Work Department.

Questions about this scholarship opportunity should be addressed to Derek Plantenga, Department of Social Work Graduate Advisor of Record, by telephone at 458-2026 or via e-mail at