The School of Social Work plays an integral role in UB 2020, the
university’s plan for achieving enduring prominence. The UB
2020 initiative comprises eight strategic strengths, including
Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan.
UB’s goal in this is to facilitate discoveries that
greatly impact human health. With an ever-aging population, this
strength will coordinate research into the areas of aging and
living well into the 10th decade of life, issues that our faculty
and students are uniquely positioned to address in collaboration
with researchers in UB’s health sciences schools.
Here are some of the ways the School of Social Work is involved
in UB 2020:
- We’re a participant in the university’s
Inter-Professional Education Program, which seeks to provide more
opportunities for interaction among students in different
professional programs, ranging from the health sciences to
- SSW Dean Nancy Smyth chairs the Realizing UB 2020 Engagement
Task Force, whose mission is to develop both short- and long-term
university engagement strategies.
- We are also a participant in the Hartford Partnership Program
in Aging Education, a multi-year national initiative aimed at
transforming how geriatric education is taught at masters of social
work programs around the U.S. At its heart is a unique fieldwork
model that rotates Social Work students through different agencies,
giving them opportunities to gain a rich perspective of the full
spectrum of aging and of the diverse services that older adults and
their care givers need.