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Beth Angell

Dean and Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work

I am so honored to have joined the Michigan Social Work community as dean earlier this year. What a warm welcome I have received! It has been such a pleasure to meet our amazing community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and donors. If we haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, I look forward to connecting with you soon.

My social work career began over 30 years ago when I entered the field of community mental health, working with individuals and families affected by serious mental illness. Like many in our ranks, I was drawn to this practice arena by my own experiences living in a family affected by mental illness and suicide. As a social worker and later as a researcher and teacher, I have focused on ways to improve the mental health system to help people with psychiatric conditions live full and productive lives in the community, free from stigma and discrimination.

As dean, it’s my responsibility to keep our students’ needs at the center. As a first-generation college graduate, I know how it feels to be unsure if you belong, and I know firsthand how important it is for our students to have mentors and champions behind them every step of the way. I want Michigan Social Work to feel like home, to be a place where students have the support and guidance they need to come into their own.

Today’s students face unique challenges due to the rising cost of college and graduate education, and they feel the weight of those costs emotionally as well as financially. For this reason, student support is a top philanthropic priority for the School. We have several funds designed to support our students in greatest need:

  • The new SSW Field Fund provides stipends for students with financial need while they complete their field placements so they can fully focus on their education.
  • The SSW Student Emergency Fund assists students with emergency expenses such as medical or mental health services, housing, food, and transportation.
  • The Raise Hope Scholarship Fund provides need-based scholarships to help students achieve their dream of obtaining an MSW.

By choosing to support Michigan Social Work and making a gift to one of these funds, you are investing in the future of social work. Join us in educating the social work leaders of tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Signature of Beth Angell

Beth Angell
Dean and Professor of Social Work

My social work career began over 30 years ago when I entered the field of community mental health, working with individuals and families affected by serious mental illness. Like many in our ranks, I was drawn to this practice arena by my own experiences living in a family affected by mental illness and suicide. As a social worker and later as a researcher and teacher, I have focused on ways to improve the mental health system to help people with psychiatric conditions live full and productive lives in the community, free from stigma and discrimination.

As dean, it’s my responsibility to keep our students’ needs at the center. As a first-generation college graduate, I know how it feels to be unsure if you belong, and I know firsthand how important it is for our students to have mentors and champions behind them every step of the way. I want Michigan Social Work to feel like home, to be a place where students have the support and guidance they need to come into their own.

Today’s students face unique challenges due to the rising cost of college and graduate education, and they feel the weight of those costs emotionally as well as financially. For this reason, student support is a top philanthropic priority for the School. We have several funds designed to support our students in greatest need:

  • The new SSW Field Fund provides stipends for students with financial need while they complete their field placements so they can fully focus on their education.
  • The SSW Student Emergency Fund assists students with emergency expenses such as medical or mental health services, housing, food, and transportation.
  • The Raise Hope Scholarship Fund provides need-based scholarships to help students achieve their dream of obtaining an MSW.

By choosing to support Michigan Social Work and making a gift to one of these funds, you are investing in the future of social work. Join us in educating the social work leaders of tomorrow.

Sincerely,

Signature of Beth Angell

Beth Angell
Dean and Professor of Social Work

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