GCSW students, faculty, and staff count on gifts from you - our alumni and friends - and every gift makes a difference to our College. Your gift will make a difference, too!

Why give to the UH Graduate College of Social Work?

Connie Lloyd

The GCSW story started from modest beginnings in 1967 when the Texas Legislature provided a modest $150,000 to establish the graduate social work program at the University of Houston. The Graduate College of Social Work has grown and become a nationally recognized leader with a mission to provide exceptional education for advanced social work practice, research and leadership through teaching, advancing knowledge and community engagement. Our goal is to achieve social, economic and political justice for all. U.S. News & World Report ranked UH’s Graduate College of Social Work #37 in the nation and tied for #5 in the South in its listing of Best Graduate Social Work programs in 2012. U.S. News & World Report also ranked UH #22 of all public universities with graduate social work programs.

Now, more than 4,000 individuals have received their MSW degree from the GCSW. Our alumni fill critical needs in our communities helping individuals in all stages of life. They serve as counselors, therapists, advocates and educators as well as community organizers, program planners, policy analysts and researchers.

One example is GCSW alumni Mel Taylor, CEO and President of the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. Mel daily makes a tremendous impact on the greater Houston area in his role as leader of the Council touching the lives of 365,000 people every year by providing services and information for those who may be adversely affected by alcohol and drugs. Other GCSW alumni make significant differences in their clients’ lives as therapists, help formulate just social policies, or advocate and promote justice for all people.

GCSW students also are making a difference. For example, every year GCSW Legislative Interns help the Texas Legislative Study Group compile analytics and policy information. They are involved in policy and legislative review, providing input to lawmakers and staff through the lens of a social worker so that human justice, rights and needs is represented to Texas’s lawmakers.

If you wish to make a gift, you may do so online. Or, please contact the GCSW Development Office with the information provided below.

Connie Loyd, Director of Development
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
110HA Social Work Building
Houston, TX 77204-4013
Email Connie Loyd 
713-743-3599 Office

Please visit Our Donor Honor Roll for a list of all who have made gifts to build the GCSW.  Thank you!