Graduate College of Social Work

Graduate College of Social Work!

Mission: To enhance Alumni loyalty and pride by developing life-long relationships with one another at the Graduate College of Social Work.

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UHD College of Public Service Dean's Awards - Distinguished Teaching

Dr. Angie Goins - The single greatest effect on student learning is the effectiveness of the teacher. This award is presented to a teaching faculty member whose recent teaching performance and initiatives demonstrate outstanding teaching contributions within the College of Public Service.

UHD College of Public Service Dean's Awards - Distinguished Research

Dr. Heather Goltz - Research plays an important role in new discoveries, filling gaps in knowledge, and improving the way criminal justice, social work, and education professionals work. This award is presented to a research faculty member whose recent research performance and initiatives demonstrate outstanding research contributions within the College of Public Service.

President: Dayna Gurley (’15, MSW ’17)

Vice President: Joy Malbrough (Ph.D. ’14)

Treasurer: Steve Cochran (’03, MSW ’06)

Secretary: Tony Fernandez (MSW ’96)

Board member: Angela Goins (MSW ’96)

Board Member: DeJuana Jernigan (MSW ’98)

Board Member: Tara Dansereau (MSW ’04)

Board Member: Will Walker (MSW ’08)

Board Member: Vanessa Shippard (MSW ’03)

Board Member: Tiffany Purnell (’08, MSW ’13)

Board Member: Heather Goltz (MSW ’05, MED ’12)

Board Member: Laurie Cantrell (MSW ’91)

Board Member: Candice Curl (MSW ’10)

Board Member: Melinda Ortega (MSW ’10)

Board Member: Melissa Cruz (’08)

Signature Events

The Graduate College of Social Work Alumni Association Scholarship committee is now accepting applications for its scholarships.  Two scholarships (A Charlotte Campbell & A General UHGCSWAA) in the amount of $3,000 each, will be awarded for the Spring 2022 Semester.  The recipients will be acknowledged at the UH GCSW Alumni Association Annual Meeting in August.

Details for the scholarship are as follows:

 Applicants can be part-time or full-time students, currently enrolled in the GCSW at the time of scholarship disbursement, must have a GPA of at least 3.25, and have a minimum of 12 SCH.

Advanced Standing Applicants with fewer than 12 SCH can apply with a waiver by providing Advanced Standing Verification, showing proof of credited number of hours received upon being determined advanced standing status.

Additionally, each applicant should include an unofficial transcript that verifies your GPA and a CV Resume.

To apply, please complete and return this application by September 4, 2021.




Please contact UH GCSW Alumni Board at

The Graduate School for Social Work is now accepting nominations for its 2021 Distinguished Alumni.

You may download your nomination here:

The chosen alumni member will also be applied to University of Houston Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Nominations in September 2021.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact UH GCSW Alumni Association Board Awards and Scholarship Committee at email to

Deadline Application Date: September 4, 2021

Thanks so much for joining us for our annual meeting!