Social Work

The School of Social Work at Southern University at New Orleans is located in a culturally diverse city which serves as an incubator for our students. Through various community activities, our students can operationalize the themes of our program - advocacy, empowerment and transformation.

This environment allows our students to become active participants in strengthening the residents, communities, and organizations of our great city and surrounding parishes. Our programs prepare our students to recognize and address the inequities in social justice and human rights for all but more importantly for persons who are disenfranchised.

With all the domestic and international environmental and societal concerns that permeate our local and global society, it is a wonderful and rewarding time to become a social worker.

Our faculty represents a cross section of experiences and training and willingly brings to the classroom their experiences in and knowledge of research, community empowerment, health care, mental health and  evidence based interventions with children, families, youth and the elderly. We encourage you to link to our faculty and contact them.

Our website provides pertinent information and forms for current students to help them successfully matriculate in our programs.  We are continuously updating our website with news and event notifications. Our rigorous academic programs are known throughout this region.

Both our BSW and MSW students are actively recruited upon graduation. You also will locate relevant information for potential students, including our MSW application, our BSW & MSW course descriptions, our educational philosophy and student activities.

Please take time to know us. Our faculty, staff, students and administrators are eager to respond to your inquiries.

More Department Details

  • The Mission of SUNO School of Social Work is to prepare competent and effective social workers committed to address the strengths and challenges of a diverse population in a changing and evolving global community. Quality educational experiences, undergirded by the School’s themes of advocacy, empowerment and transformation, prepare baccalaureate students for agency based generalist practice and master students for agency based advanced social work practice. Such practice is further guided by the School’s dedication to critical practice knowledge and skills and the essential values of the profession: service, social and economic justice, the dignity and worth of the individual, and the importance of human relationships.
  • Bonnie Alston
    Assistant Professor, MSW – Field Education Director
    New Science Building, Room 212D

    Edgar V. Blanchard
    Assistant Professor, MSW
    New Science Building, Room 210D

    Rebecca Chaisson, MSW, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    New Science Building, Room 203E

    Harry J. Doughty Sr.
    Assistant Professor, MSW
    New Science Building, Room 211C

    Derrick Freeman, Ph.D., ACSW
    Assistant Professor
    New Science Building, 203C

    Patricia Guillory
    Associate Professor, MSW, Ph.D.
    New Science Building, Room 216D

    Ronald Mancoske
    Professor, MSW, DSW
    New Science Building, Room 213B

    Gladys Barrett-Merrick
    Assistant Professor, MSW – BSW Program Director
    New Science Building, Room 211D
    504- 286-5071

    Claude Montegut
    Assistant Professor,MSW
    New Science Building, Room 210B

    Jill E. Murray
    Associate Professor, MSW, Ph.D.
    New Science Building, 213B

    Ira Arthell Neighbors
    Associate Professor, MSW, DSW – MSW Program Director
    New Science Building, Room 212D

    Samuel Odom, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    New Science Building, 210B

    Ben Robertson Jr.
    Assistant Professor, MSW, Ph.D.
    New Science Building, Room 210A
    504- 286-5056

    Harry A. Russell
    Associate Professor, MSW
    New Science Building, Room 211A
    504- 286-5055,

    The Rev. Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    New Science Building, 210A

    Gayle T. Wykle
    Associate Professor, MSW, Ph.D.
    New Science Building, Room 212D

    Gail Wise
    Assistant Professor
    New Science Building, Room 203D

    Carey Yazeed, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    New Science Building, 210F

  • Teaching

    To use learning approaches and prepare students to integrate the values of ethics, knowledge, and skill base of the social work profession with respect for all people aimed toward social change and promotion of social justice.

    Teaching is also designed to anchor social work knowledge in our program’s themes of advocacy, empowerment and transformation.


    To provide leadership to the university, the community and the profession.

    To serve the local, national and international areas by preparing students to fill the dynamic social welfare resource needs for generalist and advanced practitioners.

    To foster the commitment of students and faculty to active involvement in improving the quality of life in the community in which they live.


    To effectively assist the process of professional development among faculty and students.

    To contribute to the knowledge base of the strengths of diverse client populations.

    Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

    Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly

    Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

    Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

    Engage diversity and difference in practice

    Advance human rights and social and economic justice

    Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

    Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment

    Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services

    Respond to contexts that shape practice

    Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
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