SSA is proud of the many thousands of alumni who are working at all levels to improve the quality of life of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities. Each year, the SSA Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni during ReunionWeekend. The Edith Abbott Award, the Elizabeth Butler Award, and the Social Impact Award are given biannually on a rotating basis.
Edith Abbott Award
The Edith Abbott Award recognizes an SSA alum for distinguished service to society and for outstanding professional contributions at the local, national, or international levels. Honoring lifetime achievement, exceptional leadership in an agency or within a community; meaningful contributions through research or publications; or demonstrated creativity in traditional, non-traditional, or innovative approaches to practice, award recipients reflect the mission of SSA and a demonstrated, on-going relationship with the School and a commitment to its growth.
Elizabeth Butler Award
The Elizabeth Butler Award honors one recent graduate who has shown exceptional promise in the field of social work. Nominees must have earned an AM or PhD from SSA not more than 10 years ago. A successful candidate for this award will show a strong commitment to social change; leadership in an agency or community; creativity in non-traditional or innovative approaches to practice; contributions to the field through research and publications and/or demonstrated professional skills.
Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award
Nominations are received for social service agencies and programs that demonstrated innovation in their approaches and practices.
Milestone Achievement Awards
The Milestone Achievement Award recognizes SSA alumni from milestone reunion classes for contributions to the field of Social Work. This award honors exemplary social work values, exceptional performance in clinical or administrative practice, and strong commitment to our profession. This award provides an opportunity to honor some of our “unsung” colleagues who strive daily for (or whose past careers reflect) social justice, healthier communities, and the support of vulnerable individuals.
Social Impact Award
The Social Impact Award honors one Mid-Career Alumna/us who has excelled beyond the norm early in their career. Nominees must have earned an AM or PhD from SSA at least 10 years ago. A successful candidate for this award will show a strong commitment to social change; leadership (formally or informally) in an agency or community; creativity in non-traditional or innovative approaches to social problems; and commitment to furthering the social work field through volunteerism, teaching or mentorship.
The Volunteer Leadership Award
The Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes alumni who have been of exceptional service to the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration over a period of 10 years or more. Annually, this award goes to alumni who embodied service to SSA through activities such as giving, volunteerism, including board or committee involvement, and student or alumni mentorship.