"Their contributions to social welfare can be summarized under three main headings: contributions to professional education, the direct contributions to the social services in Chicago and elsewhere, and their research into social problems. They all served one purpose, the improvement of the welfare program so that the disadvantaged in our community might have richer lives."

-- Helen Wright
Dean, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
1942-56

At a time when women held little power in our society, Sophonisba Breckenridge and Edith and Grace Abbott were true pioneers. SSA and the field of social work itself owe an enormous debt of gratitude to their extraordinary talent, determination, and clarity of vision.

Skylar Cole

Skylar Cole, AM ’14

Cole has quickly advanced to a leadership role that includes training staff and supervising social work interns. She developed a professional development plan that emulates what she learned at SSA regarding policies, practices, and perspectives. She also believes that SSA prepared her very well to work on teams, both professionally and in the community.