Mass incarceration, COVID-19 health disparities and unrelenting racial injustice are issues we —and the most vulnerable among us— face every day. How can you make an impact, change the world and lift up your community? Consider a career in social work, and live your passion for social change!

All participant microphones and cameras (besides those of the presenter) are set to be disabled, but we welcome typed chat questions throughout the presentations. These sessions will be recorded for the benefit of future prospective students. By participating, you consent to the recording and agree that your name and any chat text you transmit may be part of the recording that is later made available for consumption by University of Washington School of Social Work students, faculty, staff, or partners.

Upcoming Events


BASW Curriculum and Classroom Experience (March 2022)

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Norma Timbang (Faculty) and Lev Cunningham (Staff/Instructor) offer a short sample interactive activity/discussion to give students a glimpse of the BASW classroom experience.



Experiential Learning: Unique opportunities in the BASW Program (February 2022)

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Join Assistant Teaching Professors Khalfani Mwamba and Saul Tran Cornwall with the Office of Field Education, to learn more about BASW internships and practicum experiences. Meaningful, professional field education is the cornerstone of a successful social work education.



BASW Winter Prospective Student Open House (February 2022)

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Join us for a panel discussion with current and past BASW students to learn more about their experiences within the BASW program. We will also provide a brief overview of the BASW application process as well as resources for students considering transferring to the UW. There will be time for individual questions.



BASW Autumn Prospective Student Open House (November 2021)

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Join us for review of important admissions steps and deadlines, dialogue and advice from current students, and discussion of writing effective personal statements for your application.



Managing Transitions with Mindfulness (UW Dawg Daze Autumn 2021)

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Join us and the UW Resilience Lab for an interactive workshop on how to build your resilience. Topics will include addressing imposter syndrome, practicing mindfulness as a tool for wellness, and moving through grief.


Pathways to Social Work for Transfer Students: Advice + How to Pay For College

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Join us to learn about helpful resources for a smooth transfer process, including financial aid, application instructions, and guidance and advice from current BASW students who recently transferred to UW. We will discuss the potential for full-ride scholarships specifically for WA transfer students, and how to petition if you need more financial aid than initially awarded.


Living Your Passion for Social Change: What Can I Do with a Bachelor's in Social Welfare?

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 How is a BASW different from other social science majors? What skills will you gain and what values do social workers hold? Join us for a dialogue with BASW Program Director Bill Vesneski, and young professionals who recently completed their BASW degrees.


Tips For a Strong Application: Q&A with BASW Admissions

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 - Examples of suggested classes (NOT prerequisites) for pre-majors
We will provide a summary of the BASW application process, and share tips for submitting the strongest possible application. We invite you to bring your questions for our Q&A!


Gaining Real World Experience & Making an Impact: BASW Experiential Education

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Join Khalfani Mwamba and Saul Tran Cornwall, Assistant Teaching Professors with the Office of Field Education, to learn more about BASW internships and practicum experiences. We work closely with community agencies and organizations to ensure that real-world experience complements classroom theory and research.




Interested in earning a Bachelor's degree in Social Work? Transferring from another school? Tonight's open house is for you! We'll talk all things BASW program, transferring tips and resources, and answer any questions you bring! Click here to register and learn more! This event will be hosted virtually on January 12th, 2023 from 6pm - 7pm.

Live your passion for social change. The School of Social Work seeks students who are interested in tackling complex social problems, building skills to help individuals, families and communities, and who are committed to becoming social change agents. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) serves as an excellent foundation for aspiring leaders, helpers, innovators, community organizers, and social service professionals. Students develop skills as change agents as they gain real world experience through service learning and practicum placements as well as rigorous classroom education on social work practice and theory.  Join our info session to learn more about the program and application process!

Click here to register and learn more!