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New Leaders in African-Centered Social Work Scholars Program

Focusing on Culturally-Responsive Social Work Practice in and with African American Communities

The University of Michigan School of Social Work is pleased to offer the New Leaders In African-Centered Social Work (NLACSW) Scholars Program for MSW students. The NLACSW Scholars Program enhances practice preparation by engaging students in culturally-specific and affirmative curricular and training experiences for service to African Americans.

The NLACSW program will accept incoming students who are genuinely committed to gaining skills and knowledge for culturally-responsive social work practice in and with African American communities. This program is open to students in all practice methods and areas.

Program Funding

Each incoming NLACSW Scholar will receive a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per term for four terms).

Specialized Courses and Training

NLACSW Scholars must select the 16-month program. Scholars will designate five (5) elective credit hours for the following three highly specialized courses:

  • SW 659 - Integrative Seminar "Culturally-responsive Practice in African American Communities: Prevention and Intervention Strategies with Racial Microaggressions" (1 credit - Fall Term 1) An integrative proseminar on engagement and examination of racial microaggressions in practice
  • SW 713 - An Africentric Approach to Practice with African American Individuals, Families and Communities (3 credits - Winter Term) A specialized course on African and African American history and culture that encompasses affirmative experiences of resistance and contribution and their application to practice
  • SW 759 - Capstone Seminar (1 credit - Fall Term II) A capstone experience that allows students to complete a project through reflection on course, field, and NLACSW scholar experiences that emphasizes how these experiences will impact their career

NLACSW Scholars will complete a field placement in an organization or agency that focuses on addressing issues/topics that affect Black/African American populations.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enroll as a full-time MSW student in the 16-month curriculum
  • Applicants may select from any practice method concentration or practice area


  • All potential MSW students interested in culturally-responsive social work practice in and with African American communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2017 (early application) and February 1, 2018 (priority). The final deadline has not been set and will be posted at a later date. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2018 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2017.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship deadline.
  • If you would like to apply for the New Leaders In African-Centered Social Work Scholars Program, then please answer "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?" found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and select the New Leaders In African-Centered Social Work Program checkbox. The NLACSW application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Be sure to include your name and "NLACSW Program Statement" in the upper corner of your statement before you upload it to your online application.

For more information on the New Leaders In African-Centered Social Work Program, contact Nyshourn Price or Trina Shanks at

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