Community Action and Social Policy

Chair:  Michael Reisch, PhD
Social workers specializing in community action and social policy help community organizations and agencies help themselves. They employ a grassroots, empowerment-based approach and collaborate with other disciplines and professions to create social and policy change, promote community development, and provide services to reduce poverty and economic and social  inequality. During this era of community fragmentation, social alienation, and economic degeneration of the poor and the middle class, the need for skilled professionals in social and community development, policy analysis, and policy advocacy has never been greater.

The School of Social Work is one of the few schools of social work in the nation that offers a specialization in these areas. In addition to faculty expertise, a strong alumni and social network, and excellent resources for this specialization, the School is in downtown Baltimore, yet only a short drive or train ride from the nation’s capital and social policy center, and near the state capital, Annapolis. This prime location provides a host of opportunities for policy analysis and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.  In addition, the diversity of the Maryland-DC area provides ample opportunities for both rural and urban social and community action and development.

This specialization is only available to Macro concentrators.