SWM-012: CSSW Alums Are Enlightened and Active Participants, With Dean Jeanette Takamura

October 27, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

Social Work Matters podcast coverColumbia University School of Social Work has more than 16,000 alumni in the United States and all over the world. Hardly a day goes by at the School without hearing of their achievements or discovering that one of them is offering personal real-world insights to current students or telling them how to get started in their social work careers. In a recent conversation with Social Work Matters, Dean Jeanette Takamura paid tribute to this pool of talent and their many contributions to the life-blood of the School.



  • Quite a few CSSW alumni are practicum supervisors, advisors, panelists, and other kinds of program participants.
  • They also play a big role in recruiting students, and some of them hire our graduates (and make “terrific mentors”).
  • They participate in many of the selection committees the School has.
  • They write to the School all the time with their ideas.
  • They also donate to help students with financial aid, and to support new initiatives for students (eg, the Washington Fellows Program) and faculty.
  • Columbia Giving Day, on October 29th, is a special day when the School hopes that alumni will show their support.
  • The School has to raise its own monies; it does not receive support from Columbia. For this reason, “we are very very grateful to alums…who have in turn decided to support the school. It makes such a huge difference.”