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Message from the Dean

From Dean Ramona Denby-Brinson:

I am excited to join UNC School of Social Work, where I have the opportunity to work with other transformational leaders, preeminent scholars, excellent instructors, dedicated and talented staff, and forward-thinking students who are changing the practice of social work.

Our future is boundless and bright. Learning from our past and leaning into our professional value base, we will transform systems by leading the profession vis-à-vis our research, community engagement, and teaching. The future requires our profession to lead boldly, collectively, and without compromise.

The path ahead of us energizes me. It is a way forward, a way where diverse people and collective voices are at the center of our innovative programming. I am eager to reaffirm our shared goal to foster social justice, create equitable spaces, and enable living conditions where individuals, families, groups, and communities thrive.

Social work is critical to advancing every aspect of society. UNC School of Social Work has tremendous capacity and is critical to the advancement of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Next plan. I look forward to building on the incredible momentum established by Dean Gary Bowen and leveraging his multiple accomplishments into our new, shared goals.