Centers, Institutes & Projects


Focus on Contemporary Issues

Our specialized institutes, centers, and projects address a range of contemporary issues and professional challenges, and host open conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities throughout the year.

Center for International Social Work Studies (CISWS)

The Center promotes and supports international social work through seminars, international curriculum development, faculty exchanges, international field placements for students, cross-national research and our annual International Day event. The Center facilitates the School’s existing partnerships with universities in the West Indies, Armenia and England, and develops other international relationships.

Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work (NAHIPSW)

The mission of this Institute is to increase the number of social workers who pursue careers in politics. In addition, the Institute explores ways in which social workers can contribute to the political empowerment of clients through voter registration, mobilization, and education.

Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP)

Established as a Focused Area of Study of Puerto Rican/Latin@ studies, the project helps prepare social workers to competently serve the Latin@ community and to advocate for changes that safeguard and enhance the quality of life and empower Latin@ individuals, families, and communities. Faculty involved in the PRLSP also assist in recruiting and mentoring Latin@ students.