Office of Community Projects

The Office of Community Projects (OCP) is the administrative unit that houses and manages a majority of the community service projects and activities that link expertise within the Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) to the broader human service community. The creation of this office resulted from the recognition that the school, as a part of an urban university, should take a more active role in linking the expertise within the GCSW to the organizations and services responsible for meeting human service needs in the community.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Vision, Passion, Growth, Leadership
The Nonprofit Leaderhip Alliance is an innovative course of study that equips college and university students to become skilled professionals and leaders in America's nonprofit organizations.

Melanie Barr Fitzpatrick, MSW / 713-743-8018

Amber Rangel, Program Coordinator / 713-743-8137

Child Welfare Education Program

The Child Welfare Education Project (CWEP) prepares master's level social work students for the challenging and rewarding work found in children's protective services.

Contact CWEP:
Dr. Monit Cheung, Principal Investigator / 713-743-8107

Arnita Mitchell, MSW, Director / 713-743-1394

Brunessia Wilson, MSW, Student Affairs / 713-743-8147

Complete Listing of CWEP Staff

Community-Based Research

The Office of Community Projects provides opportunities for GCSW faculty, staff and the community to collaborate on needs assessments and program evaluations for social service agencies throughout the state of Texas.

Dr. Cache Steinberg / 713-743-8142

Continuing Education

Courses are designed to provide the human services community with opportunities to build practice knowledge and skills by offering courses which are responsive, dynamic and up-to-the-minute. Courses are designed for social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, nurses, counselors and other human service professionals. 

Ann McFarland, LMSW-AP/Director, Office of Community Projects 713-743-8145 

Emilio Ontiveros, Program Assistant 713-743-8143

Nobel Women's Initiative

The Nobel Women's Initiative was established in 2006 by sister Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire. These six women, representing North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, decided to bring together their extraordinary experiences in a united effort for peace with justice and equality. The Vision of the Nobel Women's Initiative is a world transformed, a nonviolent world of security, equality and well-being for all.

Sonya Dias, Manager of Events & Operations / 713-743-8119

Center for Drug and Social Policy Research

As a university research office, the overall objective of the Center of Drug and Social Policy Research is the development of new knowledge in substance abuse and related social problems from a multidisciplinary perspective.



The Train-The-Trainer Certification Program in Child Protection Special Investigation is designed for experienced child protection trainers who will be providing training program for child protection interviewers in their own locale. The TTT Program is currently available to Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists and Police Officers in Hong Kong.

Dr. Monit Cheung
424 Social Work Building