GSSW Alumni Stories

Welcome! Please select one of the decades listed above, and click on the name of any graduate whose story you wish to read.

The GSSW alumni profiled here include not only clinicians, authors, educators, elected officials, program founders and administrators, activists, legal scholars and internationally known researchers, but also one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, a former Colorado First Lady and a member of the Order of the British Empire who helped crush a notorious drug ring in Hong Kong.  

At a time when many colleges remained racially segregated, GSSW graduated its first African American student in 1933. The first Native Americans to earn an MSW and a social work doctorate both chose to do so at GSSW.  Our graduates also include the first profoundly deaf person in America to receive an MSW, the first Latina to earn a social work PhD, the first African American woman to be named President of NASW and the first Hispanic/Latina appointed to head a public health agency (SAMHSA) in the 200-year history of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We hope you enjoy these Alumni Stories and that they will help to inspire the next generation of GSSW students!

NOTE:  If you are a GSSW graduate who would like to share your own story, please email us at