Named in honor of Dr. Barbara Solomon, a pioneer in the field of social work and a dedicated member of Walden’s Board of Directors, our school is led by doctoral-level faculty with experience in serving the needs of populations, human service organizations, and communities.

The Barbara Solomon School of Social Work equips students with interdisciplinary knowledge of assessments, intervention strategies, and evaluation methods that will enhance their skills in practice, collaboration, and advocacy for underserved global populations.

Our Vision

The goal of the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work is to prepare professional helpers and change agents at all levels of postsecondary education, both domestically and internationally.

Our Mission

We model 21st-century teaching approaches to prepare our students to promote positive social change for individuals, families, organizations, and communities. As graduates, they will apply their acquired knowledge to address critical social problems.

A Force for Social Change

Dr. Barbara Solomon, a well-known professional in the field of social work, has served on Walden’s Board of Directors since 1996 and has been instrumental in shaping Walden’s social work programs, including our CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work program. Dr. Solomon is identified by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as a NASW Pioneer in the field and is recognized in the California Social Work Hall of Distinction.

Dr. Solomon is an exceptional social work professional and scholar who has helped shape the social work discipline during her 50-year career. Named in her honor, the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work provides students with the skills needed to take the next step in their careers as professional practitioners and change agents in social work and human services.

Dr. Solomon is research professor emerita at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, and she was the first African American to serve as a dean at USC. Her many achievements over the last 50 years have earned her the Presidential Medallion from USC, the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching from USC, and the Rosa Parks Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She holds a PhD in Social Work from USC.

Dr. Solomon has published extensively on the delivery of social and mental health services to underrepresented populations. Her book Black Empowerment: Social Work in Oppressed Communities introduced the concept of empowerment as a framework for social work practice. Dr. Solomon is the former project director and principal investigator for a long-term evaluation of Los Angeles County’s family preservation and support programs.

Walden also offers a scholarship program named in honor of Dr. Solomon. The Barbara Solomon Scholarships for Social Work are awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate a proven commitment to helping the underserved.

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