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Centers & Institutes

UNC School of Social Work is the academic home for several UNC centers and institutes that conduct research and deliver services in specific areas of focus. Although they are part of the School, each maintains its own website with program information and other detailed resources. You are invited to visit these websites to learn more about each center and institute.

Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI)

Global Social Development Innovations works with local stakeholders to create innovative interventions, build knowledge, produce evidence, and shape policy toward the well-being of marginalized populations globally. GSDI directs its efforts toward economic security, workforce development, financial inclusion, social protection, health, and education. Its projects are located in India, Kenya, Uganda and other countries. GSDI launched in 2017 and is directed by Gina Chowa, Ph.D.

Visit the Global Social Development Innovations website.

Jordan Institute for Families (JIF)

Jordan Institute for Families works to strengthen families of all descriptions by applying interdisciplinary knowledge to the design and operation of social and health programs in North Carolina and across the United States. Founded in 1996 by Michael Jordan and his family, JIF addresses a broad span of issues, from infant mortality to developmental disabilities to human trafficking. JIF also leads the School’s commitment to social justice and racial equity with programming that includes the Social Justice Lecture Series. JIF is directed by Sarah Verbiest, Ph.D.

Visit the Jordan Institute for Families website.