Equity. Innovation. Transformation.

At the Forefront of Innovative Change
in student aid +
93% employment rate within 6 months
paths of study and
field placements +
a student mentoring program
school of social work in the U.S. and
#1 in Ohio
world-class faculty with a
22 average faculty h-index
in funding at
9 research and training centers
Equitable Community Engagement

The Mandel School is home to nine research and training centers, including three Centers of Excellence, as well as First Year Cleveland, a transformative community movement dedicated to reversing infant death rates and helping all babies celebrate their first birthdays. We facilitate equitable research and training collaborations between faculty and community partners, including human service agencies, service delivery systems and policy makers.

Many of our research and training initiatives are multidisciplinary involving multi-institutional partnerships that address broad social problems, social-work practice and policy. We emphasize dissemination, or using innovative research to enhance practice and service delivery in the community. Our reach is local, national and international. Our centers also provide several opportunities for students to participate in all aspects of the research process.

Change Leaders Podcast: Episode 2

Alumna Susan Sternad-Basel (MSSA '81) was the special guest on Episode 2 of the Mandel School's podcast, Change Leaders

Sternad-Basel's career journey from social work to the armed forces is notable—she was the former deputy chief data officer of the United States Defense Intelligence Agency. She is currently the president of S&B Solutions, LLC. A devoted volunteer, she received the Mandel School's 2021 Distinguished Service Award.