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November 2017
JACSW is Fully Committed to IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC
IGNITE campaign kickoff 
UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis at the October 28 IGNITE campaign kickoff rally. 

On Saturday, October 28, UIC kicked off its five-year IGNITE campaign with a goal of raising $750,000,000 in support of students, faculty, research and connections with the community.

JACSW is fully committed to IGNITE the future of social work by raising $4 million to support these priorities at the college:

  • Scholarships for students to expand the workforce needed to address the complex social problems of the 21st century,
  • New technologies to facilitate teaching, learning and the sharing of knowledge,
  • An Endowed Social Impact Professorship to recruit and retain world class faculty dedicated to community service and social justice,
  • Named Endowed Research Funds to power better outcomes for today's most pressing social issues, and
  • A Visiting Community Scholar Fund to bring community leaders to the college for mutual learning and teaching with faculty and students.

Help IGNITE the Future...All it Takes is a Single Spark!


Be the Spark - Give Now >

Alumni & Friends Celebration on April 18, 2018 - Tickets on Sale Now
 JACSW alumni
 Attendees at the 2017 Alumni & Friends Celebration.

Join colleagues and friends on Wednesday, April 18 at UIC Student Center East.

You’ll catch up with old friends and make new ones at a reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a wine and beer bar. Then it’s coffee, dessert and a program featuring remarks from the 2018 recipient of the Social Justice Ally Award.

Many alumni will also be honored, including the presentation of the Jane Addams Rising Alumni Award and the Jane Addams Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

There is still time to nominate yourself or a colleague for the Alumni Awards. The deadline for submission is January 5, 2018.

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Learn More and Nominate an Alum >

Professor James P. Gleeson Scholarship Fund Kicks Off the IGNITE Campaign
 IGNITE logo

To kick off the college's fundraising efforts for the IGNITE campaign, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Professor James P. Gleeson Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Gleeson, who recently retired after 30 years as an esteemed JACSW faculty member, says he is honored and humbled by the creation of the fund. "My experience at Jane Addams changed my life, it changed how I look at the world, and it made me a better person," he reflects. "I would love for more people to have that same opportunity, especially students who don't have a lot of financial resources."

Dr. Gleeson retirement reception 
Jim Gleeson thanking Jim Horan for hosting the reception and making his contribution to the scholarship fund. 

The new scholarship fund was announced at a retirement reception for Dr. Gleeson, hosted by his long-time friend and fellow JACSW alumnus Jim Horan, MSW '79, who made a very generous contribution to the endowment.

Contribute to the legacy of Professor Gleeson by helping the scholarship fund reach its minimum endowment goal of $25,000 as soon as possible. Your gift counts toward our $4 million IGNITE goal.


Learn How You Can Contribute >


See Photos from the Reception >

Resources to Combat LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
 3/40 Blueprint

JACSW Professor Henrika McCoy recently completed three years of research into how best to meet the needs of at-risk or homeless LGBTQ youth. The goal of the project, entitled 3/40 Blueprint, is to identify best practices in serving these populations, and to disseminate the findings to practitioners.

The project has culminated in a beautiful new website, with a plethora of downloadable resources including reports, summaries and infographics.

Visit the 3/40 Blueprint Website >

Alumni & Faculty Updates

See what a few of your fellow alumni have been up to, and see what JACSW faculty have been working on, including:

  • Dean Hairston has been appointed to the Community Advisory Council for the Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA).
  • Professor Sonya Leathers received a $1.9 million grant to increase the number of social workers trained to provide integrated behavioral health services in marginalized communities.
  • A South Korean radio station visited the college to interview Clinical Asst. Professor Annette Johnson about people with disabilities in schools.
  • Never resting on their laurels, our faculty continue publishing new scholarly research.

See Details and More Updates >

Take the Next Step in Your Career

The JACSW PhD program develops scholars of social, racial and economic justice. In collaboration with faculty, PhD students work to advance knowledge that responds to critical social needs, challenges oppression and contributes to the development of a more just society.

PhD program students are prepared for leadership in one or more of the following careers:

  • Teaching in colleges or universities
  • Conducting and directing research
  • Administrating large-scale social welfare programs
  • Analyzing and advising on social policy


Learn About the PhD Program >

Two Faculty Opportunities at JACSW

Tenure-track Assistant Professor - seeking candidates with expertise in the area of school social work or youth development.

Non-tenure Track Clinical Assistant Professor - seeking candidates with experience in the area of school social work.

Learn More and Apply >


Connect & Engage

We are proud of our alumni and want to know what you're up to! Update your information and explore volunteering opportunities to stay connected and engage with current JACSW students!


Contact Us

If you have general questions, concerns or feedback, please contact our director of advancement:

Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, MA, CFRE
Director of Advancement
Jane Addams College of Social Work, MC 309
1040 West Harrison Street, Room 4018
Chicago, IL 60607-7134
Telephone: (312) 413-2305
Fax: (312) 996-1802