Deborah Gorman-Smith is the Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor and Dean of the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. She is also the Principal Investigator and director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, one of 6 national Academic Centers of Excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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SSA Faculty

Crown Family School faculty prepare working professionals to handle society's most difficult problems by developing new knowledge, promoting a deeper understanding of the causes and human costs of social inequities, and building bridges between rigorous research and the practice of helping individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better quality of life.

Administrators & Staff

Crown Family School administrators and staff help our students by supporting them at every step of their journey through Crown Family School and beyond. A core part of our culture is direct access to resources, including Officers of the University, Administration of the School, Officers of Instruction and Faculty Emeriti, all of whom help students thrive in their careers.

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Crown Family School Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee

SSA Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee

The role of the Crown Family School's Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee is to guide and advance initiatives that build and strengthen the educational, organizational and institutional climate of the School with respect to inclusion, equity, and diversity and elevate the work of Crown Family School on this agenda.