Supporting MSP Students within the KU Community
School of Social Welfare

KU's School of Social Welfare is an excellent place to pursue your interests in professional social work education. It is the oldest school of social welfare in the state and the only one to offer degree preparation from undergraduate through doctoral degrees in social work. For over 60 years, the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has provided leadership and innovation in professional social work education. The School of Social Welfare selects MSP students only when they have already been accepted into the school and program.  Please see below for quotes from the Social Welfare Program Directors and a current student.

"In the KUSSW, we prioritize building community and making sure the students have a safe space to explore the tensions of being a student of color, low-income student, and/or first generation student on KU's campus. While preparing students for a successful career in social work, we also aim to foster life-long mentoring relationships with faculty and friendships among students" ~ Nancy Joe Kepple, MSP co-Director and Assistant Professor

"MSP has impacted my life by providing a family along with a stable learning environment in which I grow from failing as well as how to correctly improve myself and other key skills for the future." ~ Naqari Harris,  Senior MSP Student in Social Welfare

"The MSP program in the KUSSW provides students facing marginalization due to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or as first generation college student mentoring, community, and financial support. We promote opportunities for students to meet their personal and professional goals within a supportive and advocacy-driven environment." ~ Megan S. Pacely, MSP co-Director, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


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