In communities throughout the world, more than 7,000 Brown School alumni work tirelessly to address the most urgent issues we face as a global society. By applying the knowledge and skills they acquire as students in social work and public health, our graduates’ combined impact is beyond measure. We invite you to stay connected with your fellow alumni, volunteer to share your professional expertise or support the Brown School. As an alumnus, you have access to a tremendous network of leaders in social work and public health who form a community of innovators and problem-solvers in the field.
Brown School Distinguished Alumni Awards
The 33rd annual Brown School Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented March 1 in the Clark-Fox Forum of Hillman Hall. Six awardees were honored for their exceptional commitments to the fields of social work and public health.
“These individuals are emblematic of the mission and values of the Brown School,” said Courtney Berg, MSW ’05, who chairs the Distinguished Alumni Awards Steering Committee. “The alumni honorees have very different careers,” she said. “But their commitment – like that of our faculty honoree and our Dean’s Medalist, is firmly rooted in a desire to do good work for the benefit of others. There is no more noble calling than this.”
In addition to celebrating the awardees, attendees gave Dean Edward F. Lawlor and his wife, Betsy, a standing ovation in honor of their tremendous dedication to the School. Lawlor, who concludes his deanship on June 30, will continue as the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at the Brown School.
“One of the perks of being a dean is that I often have the opportunity to see the work of our alumni firsthand in the field, locally, nationally, and globally,” Lawlor said. “Their leadership, practice and service is a major impact, a major force for good. Our alumni and our students are a reason to be optimistic and a great source of inspiration.” Watch the videos here
Thomas and Jennifer Hillman Hall, the newest building for the Brown School, was formally dedicated with a ceremony on October 2, 2015. The new building, targeted for LEED Platinum certification, features the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Forum, a premier event space that offers opportunities for conferences, lectures and town hall meetings. At approximately 105,000 square feet, Hillman Hall more than doubles the Brown School's teaching, research, and program space. Watch a clip from the Hillman Hall building dedication here.
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For Janet Goodson, MSW '72, a social work degree from the Brown School made complete sense."Wash U had a fabulous reputation and I wanted to have more training in areas where I could help people and my community," Goodson said. At the Brown School, she found an invested and supportive faculty, the opportunity to create a strong and personalized curriculum, and an environment built for collaboration. Learn more
Alumni Profile: Doneisha Bohannon
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Alumni Profile: Tandy Levine
Tandy Levine’s, MSW’75, decision to choose the Brown School was an easy one: “When I was applying to grad school, the Brown School was even then one of the top social work schools in the country,” she said, and the rest is history. Learn more