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Dr. Elwin Barrett Social Work Fund

Elwin Barrett devoted 30 years to the School of Social Work at Wichita State, retiring in 2007 after serving 24 years as the school’s director. During his tenure, he established an exemplary record of excellence in teaching and leadership, guiding the program to its first accreditation. As a clinical social worker, his skills and vision helped to create a program emphasizing competent, ethical and empowering practice skills. Hundreds of social work practitioners can trace their professional development to the skilled and caring instruction they received from Dr. Barrett.

The School of Social Work Advisory Board, along with others affiliated with the social work program, sought to honor Dr. Barrett’s legacy of commitment to students and the social work profession by establishing this fund. It provides resources to be used at the discretion of the director of the School of Social Work.

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