About Berkeley Social Welfare


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Improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities

UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare has provided statewide, national, and global leadership in evidence-informed social work practice and social policies since its inception in 1944. Despite the small number of our faculty, we have for decades been ranked the most productive group of social welfare scholars in the country, producing new knowledge that regularly challenges conventional wisdom and paves the way for new practices and policies. Equally important, our graduates become agents of social change through direct practice, agency management, policymaking, and leading new discoveries that address the grand challenges confronting our society. Collectively, as both scholars and practitioners, Berkeley Social Welfare continues to have a significant, positive impact on the common good across many social issues and populations in need.