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Social Work

Libby Rhoades '13 Pawloski acts for change. Socially conscious, Libby spent her social work field instruction placement working alongside adults with chronic mental illnesses.  Many of those people had faced poverty, discrimination, domestic violence, and addiction.  Libby empowered them through engaging them as whole human beings, building positive relationships, and affirming their infinite worth. At Manchester, she put her passion for service and social justice into action.

Libby embodies Manchester's mission through her commitment to valuing each and every individual.  She is driven to advocate for the rights of people who have been marginalized by society. 

Immersed in service and advocacy, Libby's social work degree from Manchester lets her live what she believes.

Are you like Libby? Do you have a desire to help people in need? Do you like interacting with people – discovering similarities, honoring differences? Are you the one your friends turn to when they need someone to listen? Are you concerned for human rights and want to see people treated fairly?

Social work may be your future.

Social work is about enhancing human well-being and ending social injustice. Social workers alleviate poverty, challenge oppression, and empower disenfranchised people.  We help individuals and families meet their personal challenges, and we address larger social problems that affect whole communities.

From Manchester University, social work graduates go forth believing that every person has value – and the right to grow and develop to her/his potential. Our graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in people's lives, and they take those abilities into careers focused on addictions, disabilities, hunger, child abuse, older adults, domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness, family services, youth development, health care and mental health, and juvenile delinquency and crime.

MU social work graduates have the ability and conviction to change the world for people who most need the world to change. 

For more information about the Social Work Program, please contact:
Barb J. Burdge, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor of Social Work
Social Work Program Director
ACEN 214,

Students and faculty in
MU's Social Work Program value diversity, human relationships, social and economic justice, and the infinite worth of every individual.


Prof. Brad Yoder
2014 NASW-Indiana
Social Worker of the Year!


Brit Betz '11
2011 NASW-Indiana
BSW Student of the Year!

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