The Professional Development and Self-Awareness Program (PDSA) stems from the vision of a community where all CSSW students, faculty, and administrators feel safe, supported, and accountable within their individual experiences with privilege, power and oppression. PDSA programs seek to develop mechanisms by which systems of oppression that operate within CSSW are publicly recognized and openly confronted.


PDSA promotes an inclusive environment that fosters the development of self-awareness and accountability. PDSA aims to build an environment that acknowledges and challenges injustices and their many forms, while simultaneously promoting dialogue surrounding personal experience and accountability.

PDSA recognizes that forms of oppression often lead to the pain and silencing of many students, faculty and administrators. PDSA understands that there are many students, faculty and administrators that consistently work to achieve these goals, and supports these existing efforts by providing grants, administrative resources, and spaces for significant discussions and actions to occur. PDSA supports CSSW in upholding the connection between social work and social justice.

To find out about upcoming PDSA events, and to participate in the program series, go to the PDSA site.