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2020 Reflections & Best Wishes for the New Year

This collage of photos includes a woman wearing a mortar board that reads "despite it all, she mastered it," a stuffed mouse, a group of people standing in front of a sign that reads "City of New Orleans Shelter & Engagement Center," a group of students seated in a social distanced classroom while a professor lectures, a group of students holding up Valentine's cards and laughing, a smiling woman in front of a bookshelf, two people talking with another person around a table under a tent, and a smiling woman

Dear TSSW Community,

While this holiday season may feel different, it is still a time for reflection on what was learned and accomplished over the past year. I am so grateful for the amazing community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni at the Tulane University School of Social Work. You have been collaborative, supportive, adaptive, and committed for each other, our School, and our communities. I am so proud and wanted to share some highlights over this year.

These highlights represent a small portion of the way everyone at TSSW has continued to “Do Work That Matters.” Each person and collaboration has played a part in making this a wonderful place to learn, work, and serve. We hope that you use this time to reflect on what gifts this year has brought you and congratulate yourselves on what you have accomplished despite the year’s many challenges. 

I extend my personal gratitude to each of you as valued members of our School and wish you all the best in 2021 and beyond. Please take time for yourselves to practice self-care, remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, and social distance to continue protecting your communities!  


Patrick S. Bordnick, PhD, MPH, LCSW
Dean, Tulane School of Social Work