Compassionate Caretakers

Social Work Program Coordinator Joanne Bernard.
Social Work Program Coordinator Joanne Bernard.
Editor's Note: This story first appeared in the fall 2017 issue of the Arbor Light, the official magazine of Concordia University Ann Arbor. View a PDF version of the magazine here.

Building on its commitment to develop students of all disciplines for service to Christ in the Church and the world, Concordia University Ann Arbor now offers a Bachelor of Social Work degree for the future leaders of community care.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the program provides a professional foundation for students through a Christ-centered core curriculum and competency-based coursework.

“Social workers are catalysts for change and growth,” said Joanne Bernard, program coordinator. “I’m thrilled that the BSW students will not only be receiving a rigorous curriculum that is recognized at the national and international levels, but they’ll be prepared in body, mind, and spirit because of their Concordia education.”

Bernard joins Concordia’s faculty with 39 years of experience in the field, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit.

Students interested in studying social work—one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor—can visit

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