College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Department of Social Work


  • CSUMB’s drive-thru flu shot trial helps pave way for COVID-19 vaccinations

    CSUMB’s annual flu vaccine clinic has been held in the Student Center, organized by Health Promotion and Education in partnership with the Campus Health Center, Monterey County Health Department, and CSUMB Nursing Program. This year a drive-thru flu shot clinic happened the mornings of Oct. 21 and 22.

  • A Safe Return to Campus

    “We are approaching planning for the 2021 fall term with the goal of having the majority of our on-campus experiences returning," said incoming CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro, who succeeds White in January. “I urge eligible students to apply for admission to one or more CSU campuses.” To give prospective students more time to do so, the CSU has allowed its campuses to extend their deadlines for fall enrollment. CSUMB’s deadline has been extended to Jan. 15, 2021, and the process can begin at the Cal State Apply webpage. Application fee waivers and financial aid programs are available to students.

  • CSU announces return to in-person instruction for Fall 2021

    Long Beach, Calif., Dec. 9, 2020 - The California State University (CSU) is planning to return to in-person instruction for Fall 2021.

  • MSW students submit their Applied Social Work Research Projects!

    The Dept. of Social Work is excited to announce that the students scheduled to graduate in May 2021 have completed their Applied Social Work Research Projects! Comprised of 12 students in the 2019 two-year cohort, they are on their way to being conferred as Masters of Social Work. Please click on the title of their project to view the final video presentation of their hard work and dedication to their research.

  • Happy holidays and a healthy new year greetings from President Eduardo Ochoa

    Dear students, faculty, staff, and our community,

  • MSW Student Association Food and Clothing Drive

    The MSW Student Association Executive Board and the Community Service Officer Khrystal Santoyo would like to thank everyone for participating in the clothing and food drive on Friday, December 4, 2020

  • Social Workers - The Invisible First Responders

    Social workers are essential to the healing of our country, they are present during crises, and in the long run. They are the glue to help rebuild a broken world. You may recognize these invisible first responders when you are experiencing hardship through job loss and economic collapse, mental health issues, survivors’ guilt, etc.

  • Fall 2020 Housing Eligibility Guidelines

    Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to hold the Fall 2020 semester online, on-campus operations have been significantly reduced or closed. Housing will be open for the fall semester but at a reduced capacity. This reduction requires limiting the number of students who can live on campus and; thereby, can only support those students who truly need on-campus housing to support their academic success. Below please find further information on eligibility requirements, fall 2020 rates, and more.

  • 20 Facts About Current Immigration Policies and Procedures

    Fact 1: In recent years, families entering the United States without authorization have been separated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in many cases.

  • Congratulations to MSW Graduates Class of 2020!

    The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program proudly presented 42 graduates at an MSW Virtual Graduation on Friday, May 15, 2020. Although the graduation was virtual nothing could diminish the excitement and feelings of accomplishments of this special occasion.

  • MSW student Ryan Shook wins President's Award

    Ryan Shook says no one encouraged him or showed him a pathway to college in high school, so it took him 20 years to realize he could earn a college degree. Now he’s graduating from CSUMB with a master’s degree in social work and making sure others have the opportunities and support he didn’t.

  • COVID-19 Information

    CSUMB’s course delivery method will be through virtual instruction for the fall 2020 term, with few limited exceptions for in-person instructional and research activities that cannot be delivered in an alternate modality and are essential to the university’s core mission. For these activities, we will maintain rigorous standards of health and safety.

  • MSW student Sarah Press invited to Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network conference

    MSW student Sarah Press was invited to present her research project at the 2020 Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) General Assembly, to be held March, 2020 in San Diego.

  • Fall 2019 Update

    The Department of Social Work extended a warm welcome to the 2019 cohort during the New Student Orientation for two days in August. Faculty and staff greeted 46 admitted students. Included in the 2019 cohort are 12 students on the two-year pathway and 34 students on the three-year pathway.

  • The Center for Community Health Engagement (CHE) was honored at the 30th Annual Celebration of Culture and Language

    The Center for Community Health Engagement (CHE), formerly known as the Chinatown Community Learning Center, was recognized at the 30th Annual Celebration of culture and Language - Latino Network Luncheon.

  • From the Department Chair: Closing Remarks from Dr. Karen Rotabi

    As I wrap up my time as the Chair of the Department of Social Work, I reflect on the past as well as the future. We have now completed our reaffirmation of accreditation process. As a faculty team we were quite contemplative during this process, focusing on our strengths and looking for opportunities to improve our curriculum. We revamped our practice course sequence as we listened to student wishes and considered the Council on Social Work Education’s competencies. We added a major assignment on macro and social justice issues to focus on environmental justice—looking at the intersectionality of race, poverty, privilege, and policy as related to the Flint, Michigan water crisis and the civil rights abuses. This particular assignment, in our social justice and diversity class, builds upon summer reading for all incoming students and underscores critical human rights concepts. Other assignments were also improved, to include greater attention to assessment and evaluation of social interventions. Also, we developed a new research approach focused on evidenced based practice that is streamlined with the culminating project experience.