Park Neung-hoo (PhD ‘98) honored with Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award

July 17, 2020

Park NeunghooDr. Park Neung-hoo, Minister of Health and Welfare of South Korea, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award.

She's on Fire: Esmeralda Cortez Rosales (BASW ‘19) wants to empower young women to find their political voice

May 13, 2020
Esmeralda Cortez Rosales wants to make young women aware of their political power. “If women are half of the population, we should be extremely close to — if not 50% of — all elected officials across the country.” Her path to activism started through a school-based program, IGNITE, which she now helps lead.

Commencement Speaker Ella Callow (BA '97)

May 24, 2019

Ella CallowElla Callow, this year's commencement speaker for Berkeley Social Welfare, has spent her career tackling one of the central questions of inclusion. "How do barriers impact the well-being of individuals with disabilities?

Alumni in the News: Mu Sochua (MSW '81), VP of outlawed opposition party, returns to Cambodia

November 7, 2019

Mu Sochua (MSW '81), one of the most prominent women in Cambodian national politics, returns to Cambodia despite probable imprisonment as the Vice President of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Law in Service to the Public Good: Greg Evans (MSW '86)

May 31, 2019

Greg EvansMeeting Greg Evans (MSW '86) in the high-rise office of the McGuireWoods law firm in downtown San Francisco, you wouldn't guess that he opened his first law office in a homeless shelter.

Berkeley Social Welfare Distinguished Alumni Awards


All Berkeley Social Welfare alumni (BASW, MSW, & PhD) may be nominated. Current Berkeley Social Welfare staff & faculty are excluded. 

Nomination Process:

Any member of the Haviland Community (student, alumni, staff and/or faculty) may submit a nomination. Nominations due by May 14, 2021. 

Berkeley Social Welfare Loyalty Award and Service Award: Honoring Cynthia and Peter Hecker and David Lindeman

October 2, 2020

Every year, the School of Social Welfare recognizes a few of its most steadfast supporters. These awards are usually given out in person at the annual Dean's Circle Dinner, but in-person recognition was not possible this year and we are honoring the recipients virtually.

Alumni in Action: Barbara Lee (MSW '75)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (MSW ’75) on fighting the good fight

Everything Barbara Lee (MSW '75) does – be it campaigning against poverty, advocating for AIDS research, or voting against giving the President the power to declare war – is informed by the social work values she learned at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare.