DSW Student Receives CSWE Honors

August 8, 2018
Leah Prussia, DSW class of 2019
Leah Prussia, DSW class of 2019

Congratulations to Leah Prussia, DSW class of 2019, who has been awarded a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant for 2018-2019 (see press release, below, for an exciting announcement about this grant) and has been named an At-large member of the CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice for a 3-year term effective July 1, 2018—June 30, 2021. 

The Commission for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice promotes inclusion, equity, social and economic justice, and the integration of knowledge of how the multiple aspects of human diversity intersect in social work education. The Commission performs this function through establishing and advancing collaborative partnerships with all Council on Social Work Education diversity and social justice related commissions and affiliated groups, including external intra-professional and multidisciplinary partnerships. The Commission works directly with all organizational units of the CSWE on endeavors related to diversity and social and economic justice, and serve in an advisory capacity to the Center for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. Concerning itself with the impacts of oppression, power and privilege, the Commission initiates and supports efforts to expand the presence of historically oppressed and under-represented populations among students, faculty, and staff in social work education programs.

CSWE Receives $7M Behavioral Health Grant for Doctoral and Master’s Students

Minority Fellowship Program Gets Renewed SAMHSA Funding for 5 Years

ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 7, 2018—The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has received a 5-year, $7.1 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to continue the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The grant includes more than $95,000 in additional funding annually compared to grants in the two previous cycles. This will enable the MFP to support additional Fellows and explore supplemental training and resources.

CSWE’s MFP will support 25 doctoral Fellows and 40 master’s Fellows annually. MFP Fellows, who are selected via a competitive application process, receive a stipend, mentoring, specialized training, and employment that helps them become behavioral health leaders focused on the needs of racial and ethnic minorities.

The MFP advances the mission of SAMHSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to reduce the effects of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by training individuals to work with underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The CSWE MFP has supported more than 650 doctoral Fellows since 1974 and 160 master’s Fellows since 2014 who have strengthened the social work profession as behavioral health practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and educators.