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.
There are many benefits of being a CSSW alum, the chief one being the extended network it provides for job leads, mentors, and life-long friends. We offer a range of alumni services to keep you in touch with the School and with each other:
The CSSW Alumni Association organizes special events such as receptions, workshops, lectures, and happy hours throughout the academic year. A special highlight is Alumni Day, held in spring semester. To keep in touch with us about alumni events and other alumni-related news, we recommend that you register your contact information with the Alumni Directory. (Alternatively, you can send your contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will enter the info into the Alumni Directory on your behalf. Please be sure to include your full name and graduation year.)
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. To schedule a session with one our career guidance counselors, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. Meantime, we recommend that you take the following five steps:
- Create an account with CAREER CONNECT, the School’s new online jobs database. This site is maintained by the Office of Career and Leadership Development for the exclusive use of CSSW alums.
- Join the (closed) group for CSSW alumni and students on LinkedIn, with over a thousand members.
- Log into AlumniConnect and find Columbia alumni working in organizations where you may be interested in working.
- Explore the options on Career Connections, a site maintained by the Columbia Alumni Association (UNI & PW required). This site contains some helpful job board and career fair information (including for the School of Social Work). It also provides access to WETFEET and VAULT.COM, two useful career research tools.
You can obtain your transcript from the University Registrar’s Office, either in person or by sending in a Request for Transcript form.
For information about New York State 2015-2016 LMSW & LCSW licensure information, click here (PDF: 13 pages). For information about licensure in other states, contact that state’s Department of Education. Need to provide descriptions of some of your CSSW courses for licensing purposes—but they are no longer online? Our Office of Student Services has bulletins with course descriptions going back to 1981. Please send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame honors the alumni of the Columbia School of Social Work who have made outstanding contributions to the theory and/or practice of social work and who, by their example, have added distinction to the social work profession. Go to Hall of Fame Inductees (PDF: 2 pages). All alumni are welcome to nominate other alumni for this honor. Graduates from all fields of practice will receive full consideration in the nomination process. NOTE: Nominees must have obtained their CSSW degree program at least 15 years prior to the year of nomination. Go to Nomination Form.
FURTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
CSSW is an approved provider of contact hours for New York State. Please check out our list of continuing education workshops, for which you can earn CEUs. In addition, and as a benefit of being an alumna/us, you are eligible to enroll in a number of LCSW-approved for-credit courses every semester (Spring, Summer and Fall). Besides earning credits, alumni who successfully complete a full-semester course will receive 45 New York State CEUs (22.5 CEUs for a half-semester course), except as noted.