Welcome to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Are you a CSSW alum or about to become one? We urge you to get involved with us. We offer a network of more than 18,000 social work graduates, which can potentially provide you with job leads, mentors, and life-long friends.
Services We OfferAs a graduate of the Columbia School of Social Work, you are automatically a member of the CSSW Alumni Association. We offer a range of services to keep you in touch with the School and with each other:
- 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 the School’s online Alumni Directory where you can 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.
Spotlight on Alumni Who Give
Planned Giving“You thought ahead. It will make a huge difference to Columbia,” says Ryan Hart, Executive Director of Planned Giving, to CSSW alumna Laurie Marsden (Class of 1999), who made a gift through her will to the School of Social Work. As this video playfully demonstrates, Marsden’s planned gift automatically made her a member of Columbia University’s 1754 Society.
“At Columbia, I was able to merge my prior work in business with social policy and practices. Regardless of the amount, we should support those with the heart, interest, and capacity to further quality outcomes for children, families, and communities.”
—Dr. Ivye Allen, CSSW, Class of ’00
Pay It Forward
“CSSW was the foundation for my career. Without the financial support I got, I would never have become a social work researcher. Our support for CSSW can open the road for talented low-income students to achieve the dream of their lives. They will use their talents to serve those most in need.”
—Dr. Jaime Alvelo, CSSW, Class of ’81, ’86