School of Social Work


USM Social Work Students Create Partnerships to Address Homelessness & Gentrification in Portland

Hearts, Minds & Homes is an art and civic listening dialogue on gentrification, homelessness, and housing in Portland, operating with the premise of using stories to support community-engaged design and development for affordable, innovative housing.

Muhsana Ali Speaks About Building Change Through Art

Senegal-based artist Muhsana Ali will speak about her creative place making and community art practice, including the Mart Community Project in Mart, Texas, on Thursday, October 30.

High Impact Educational Practices in Action on Campus

Using a digital storytelling project, Dr. Gerstenblatt's Oral History and Social Work class makes the connection between individual and collective narratives, and how they inform social work practice.

Hermeet Kohli receives Donald Harward Faculty Award

Hermeet Kohli, assistant professor of social work and honors, receives the Donald Harward Award for Faculty Service-Learning Excellence.

BSW Students' Op-Eds Published in Local Newspapers

Seniors Robert Marcroft and Lida Holst recently had their columns exmaning Portland's poor and homeless appear in local newspapers.

USM School of Social Work receives eight-year reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education

The School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce that it has received reaccreditation of the school’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Master of Social Work programs from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Both the undergraduate and graduate programs will remain accredited until 2021.

Susan Fineran, Jean Bessette receive grant to continue USM Campus Safety Project

Two members of the University of Southern Maine community have been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Violence Against Women, to foster a healthy campus climate for USM students, faculty, and staff.

MSW students Thomas Waltz and Ashleigh Guild featured in Portland Daily Sun

Thomas Waltz and Ashleigh Guild, students in the USM Masters of Social Work program were featured in the Portland Daily Sun article "'Off the Cuff' gives homeless an acting outlet"

Professor Fineran addresses the impact of sexual harassment on school outcomes

Dr. Susan Fineran, director of the School of Social Work, presented her co-authored paper “Gender, Sexual Orientation, and the Impact of Sexual Harassment Experiences on School Outcomes” at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

MSW graduate Roya Hejabian featured in Portland Press Herald

Roya Hejabian, who graduated this year from the USM Master of Social Work program and served as a 2013 commencement speaker, was featured in the Portland Press Herald article "USM graduate celebrates freedom to learn."