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The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work is an organization made up of over 80 social work doctoral program directors worldwide who represent their member Universities. Founded in the late 1970s, GADE primary purpose is to promote rigor in doctoral education in social work, focusing on preparing scholars, researchers, and educators who function as stewards of the discipline.

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GADE Initiative for Cross-Institutional Student Collaboration: Deadline October 15, 2021

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The GADE Board of Directors is pleased to announce the GADE Initiative for Cross-Institutional Student Collaboration and the call for proposals due on October 15, 2021.

The GADE Initiative for Cross-Institutional Student Collaboration is a mechanism designed to engage students across universities around social work doctoral education topics, with an emphasis on centering student roles, leadership, and perspectives. Selected initiatives will result in sharing of information among institutions and serve as catalysts for discussion and potential new directions and opportunities within diverse social work programs. 

The winner of the GADE Initiative for Cross-Institutional Student Collaboration will be provided a certificate and a $2,500 award at the GADE Reception at the 26th Annual Conference of the Society of Social Work and Research in Washington, DC (January 12-16, 2022). GADE is unable to pay for SSWR membership fees or conference registration.

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Congratulations 2021 GADE Award Winners!

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Congratulations to the 2021 GADE Award Winners! 

GADE Award for Educational Leadership in Doctoral Education - Professor Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work

GADE Student Award for Teaching in Social Work - Cindy Dubuque-Gallo, LMSW, MAT University of Connecticut School of Social Work

GADE Student Award for Leadership and Service - Alicia Mendez, MSW, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work


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