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Welcome to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the Columbia University School of Social Work. If you are a CSSW alum, or about to become one, we urge you to consider getting involved with us. Without you and other members of our alumni network, the School would not be what it is today—the foremost institution for preparing the next generation of leaders in the social work field. To get you started, we have prepared a list of questions we often get asked by CSSW alumni:
We strongly recommend that you register your contact information with Alumni Directory. Once you are registered, you will receive announcements about events and other alumni-related news via e-mail from the CSSW Alumni Office. NOTE: Alternatively, you can send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org; and we will sign you up. Please be sure to include your full name and graduation year.
You can update your personal and professional contact information in one of two ways:
Our office publishes an online newsletter every two months called AlumniNotes, which features a section called “Class Notes.” We would love to include your piece of news in our next issue. Please e-mail us as soon as possible at email@example.com and/or post a class note in the Alumni Directory.
CSSW alumni have their own association that organizes special events such as receptions, workshops, lectures, and happy hours throughout the academic year, with the purpose of helping you to reconnect with former classmates, network with other alumni, and meet current students. Our annual Alumni Day is held every spring and provides an opportunity for you to visit the School again. To help plan or sign up for the next CSSW Alumni Day, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our primary mode of communication with you is via e-mail. We strongly recommend that you register your contact information with AlumniConnect so as not to miss out on key announcements about events and other alumni-related news. Alternatively, you can e-mail us at email@example.com, and we will sign you up. Please be sure to include your full name and graduation year. NOTE: Don't have an email account? The Columbia Alumni Association offers a free, Web-based e-mail to all alumni. For more information and to create an account, go to Alumni E-mail, on the CAA site.
You can access a number of electronic resources and databases from your home computer through the Alumni and Friends gateway, using your UNI and password. You also have lifetime visiting and reading privileges (borrowing privileges cost $30 per month) at all Columbia University libraries. NOTE: To activate those privileges, you must first register with the Library Information Office at Butler Library and obtain a University ID card (This can only be done by visiting Butler Library. Please make sure to bring a government-issued photo ID with you.) For more information, go to Using the Libraries (on the Columbia Libraries site).
The CSSW Alumni Association plans programs and activities tailored to social work alumni and students. In addition, as a graduate of CSSW, you are automatically a member of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA). This means that in addition to becoming involved in CSSW-specific programming, you can take advantage of all the resources and programming that CAA has to offer, including an annual summer happy hour, an annual picnic, and much more.
Our Office of Student Services has bulletins with course descriptions going back to 1981. Please send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are five steps you should take right away:
For information about New York State 2014-2015 LMSW & LCSW licensure information, click here (PDF: 13 pages). For information about licensure in other states, contact that state's Department of Education.
Yes. The Office of Career & Leadership Development is committed to providing the School’s alumni with the necessary tools to successfully manage their professional development throughout their careers. For help with goal-setting and/or input on your résumé, cover letter and other materials, we would recommend signing up for a one-on-one counseling session. NOTE: Alumni are given appointments on Fridays during the academic year. To schedule a session, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
There are many ways to make a contribution to the Columbia University School of Social Work. Detailed instructions on how to give by credit card, check, securities, and more can be found on our Make a Gift page. If you are looking to make a gift online now, please go to our secure online giving form.
We are always looking for alumni to assist us in planning alumni programs and activities, such as networking events, regional receptions, panels, and happy hours. In addition, the CUSSW Alumni Association has several committees on which you can serve: e.g., Program Planning, Conference Planning, Hall of Fame, and Doctoral Graduates (for those who have a DSW or PhD from CUSSW). To participate in event planning or a particular alumni committee, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Another way to give back is to give presentations on your work to current or newly admitted students. If you are interested in this possibility, please e-mail the Office of Career & Leadership Development at email@example.com.
Gifts to CSSW support the School’s core needs. This year, the Dean has set financial aid for students as a priority. Every dollar of your gift goes to supporting a student who qualifies for financial aid (more than 90 percent of the current class).