About Us

For over 80 years, the College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. Our mission is clear: Through rigorous research, excellence in instruction, and steadfast service, the CoSW works to improve the human condition. Always, in all ways.

As the state’s flagship university, our mission is actualized through our deeds. Our faculty are renowned academicians dedicated to fostering the development of high-quality practitioners and researchers.

CoSW offers four unique academic programs:

In addition to the main campus in Lexington, we have satellite campuses at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas .

80+

years of being a leader in social work

97%

students who receive some form of financial aid

600+

faculty, staff, and employees

News


Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award

Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longev...

The eighth edition of Research Methods in Social Work has received a William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook
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Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

College of Social Work (COSW) Dean Jay Miller has been named 2020 Social Worker of The Year. Dean Miller received
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University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate of Social Work degree

University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate o...

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2020) — It's a daunting, but necessary task – serving the most vulnerable members of our
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Events


April 7, 2020, 6:00 pm
Northeastern Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Northeastern Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Led by: Deanna Helton Training Topic: Stress Management for Caregivers April 7, 2020, 6:00 PM Eastern Time Registration request: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/up0rdOGorDMqmsyf7NBCJE_MU4b6TRYZfQ ASK virtual support group meetings
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April 7, 2020, 8:00 pm
Two Rivers Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Two Rivers Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Led by: Antoine & Jeremiah Smith-Rouse Training Topic: A Guide to Coping with Allegations April 7, 2020, 8:00 PM Central Time Registration request: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upUqc-yqpj0u9L29n8t5qlQcRhaVz1pe4w
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April 8, 2020, 9:00 am
Virtual Drop-in with Dr. Kalea Benner

Virtual Drop-in with Dr. Kalea Benner

"Drop-in" with Dr. Kalea Benner, the Master of Social Work program director! Dr. Benner will be holding a virtual meeting for students to drop-in and
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Student Spotlights


Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess, with the University of Kentucky Police Department, is a student in the College masters in social work program. Sgt. Hess, like those
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Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash is like many students in college. She thought she knew what she wanted to major in, and for three years, Hoda worked toward
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Tamara Vest

Tamara Vest

When Tamara Vest was just nine years old, her father and primary caregiver, died. Her mother, who had substance abuse issues, was not an option
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Daniel Beasley

Daniel Beasley

For some, going to college after high school is a no-brainer. But for Daniel Beasley, pursuing higher education wasn't an option.
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Alumni Spotlights


Nada Shalash

Nada Shalash

Nada Shalash graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work in May 2019. While at UK, she earned
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Jamyle Cannon

Jamyle Cannon

It’s a weeknight in Chicago. The city streets and sidewalks are crowded — filled with the hustle and bustle of
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Briana Sowers

Briana Sowers

For Briana Sowers, a College of Social Work student, it came in the form of supportive and empowering faculty and
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Anna Villarreal

Anna Villarreal

Anna Villarreal, who started as a finance and economics major at the University of Kentucky, realized three years into her
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