Message from the Dean

Dean Jenny L. Jones, PhD. Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work

Welcome to the Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work (WMYJSSW) at Clark Atlanta University (CAU). We prepare students to address complex Human and social issues that confronts today’s society. Using the Afro-centric perspective, which is grounded in the African ethos, “I am because we are” our students work to achieve social justice for the poor, oppressed, people of color, and other marginalized groups. If you believe in culturally diverse practice and social justice for all, I hope you will consider the Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work.

At the WMYJSSW you will find opportunities to engage with diverse student body and faulty that will inspire you to learn and grow. We are located in metropolitan Atlanta, nestled within the Atlanta University Center (AUC), the largest configuration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world. Our faculty includes a diverse group of scholars that are actively engaged in cutting edge research to address complex culturally diverse human and social issues locally, nationally, and globally. Their practice and research experience undergirds our long-standing commitment to social justice.

Our WMYJSSW offers a BSW, MSW, and PhD program: we offer an innovation, enriched curriculum that reflects current and future practice needs. Our environment is supportive yet challenging and encourages intellectual curiosity from our students and faculty, a like. Our curriculum offers a range of social work courses and diverse field education sites, community service opportunities, and collaborative partnerships with Morehouse School of Medicine and CAUs Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development. Our BSW program offers a rigorous generalist practice program that prepares Students for entry level social work practice. Our MSW program offers an Advance Direct Practice concentration with foci in Child and Family and Health / Mental Health. Our MSW students are also engaged in rigorous research opportunities via completion of a thesis or conceptual paper.

At the WMYJSSW, we are committed to addressing complex human and social issues that confronts society using an Afro-centric perspective that emphasizes social justice for African Americans and other marginalized groups. Now more than ever, social workers are needed to challenge injustices and work to alleviate human and social issues to affect positive change. I invite you to join us in this effort.  

Jenny Jones, Ph.D., 
Dean and Professor