Dear alumni and friends of the school of social work,
Greetings to you, and especially to those of you who are new to the alumni role, having just graduated this past spring/summer. I can’t tell you how impressed I was by how everyone—faculty, staff, students, our community faculty, and field supervisors—rose to the occasion this spring semester in moving and adapting to online and remote learning. This is not the kind of stuff that happens from administration on down, but can only happen when everyone is in tune with and dedicated to the mission of the school.
The pandemic will continue to greatly affect our actions as a learning institution. The campus will not be a place to hang around or to meet and greet. Social media and communication technology will become even more important as we try to connect with one another as a learning community. And they will be especially important as we connect with you. Professional schools like SSW can’t survive without input and connection from the community they want to serve.
The key source of learning is not from textbooks but from lived, informed experience. So please keep in touch with this alumni page, and with the school's Facebook page. Recently, we have been putting special effort into using Facebook to keep you and all of our constituents informed on many happenings that affect our practice. We have been especially focusing on keeping on events, webinars, and actions related to racism and social and youth work.
We very much value you and understand the important role you play as members of our SSW community. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to Zer Vang, our alumni director, email@example.com or to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe and keep well,