2023 Table of contents


From the dean

Interim Dean Gary S. Cuddeback celebrates our uncommon experience.

Social work abroad

Five faculty, eight students and a recent graduate show the unlimited opportunities and uncommon impact as the school goes abroad in a big way.

'We're global, we're everywhere'

Alum Anthony Estreet (M.S.W.'07), Ph.D., is the new CEO of the National Association of Social Workers, and he meets VCU graduates wherever he goes.

A 47-year legacy of service

Lila Garlick, VCU's only two-time Dorris Douglass Budd Award recipient and a longtime VCU and School of Social Work administrative support staffer, passed away July 11, 2023.


Student Excellence – Unmatched PotentialMeet three high-achieving Ph.D. students, a recent M.S.W. graduate and a B.S.W. student awash in awards. 

Faculty-Staff Excellence – Unsurpassed ExpertiseA trauma-informed app, a fashion-social work fusion, distinguished experience and turning "Rage" in to verse.

Research Excellence – Uncovering a Deeper Understanding: Preventing adverse childhood experiences, a "essential" shared housing project, faculty publications and research by the numbers. 

Alumni-Donor Excellence – Unstoppable Drive: Most "outstanding" academic, community partner awards  and two donors motivated by heart and love. 

About this report

Welcome to our third VCU School of Social Work annual report (2023). We are recapping the 2022-2023 academic year and celebrating the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.