The E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research was established in the School of Social Work at Howard University in 1995. The School had long recognized the need to formalize and synthesize social work innovations and research results for use by the profession, policy makers and the public.
The Center is named in honor of Dr. Edward Franklin Frazier (1894-1962). A leading American sociologist, scholar and a Howard graduate. Dr. Frazier dedicated his life to the creation of empirically based knowledge useful to solving problems affecting Black people.
His pioneering studies on Black youth and families established his scholarly reputation throughout the world. He produced nine books and over 100 articles and essays challenging conventional research in the field of social work.
Mission & Goals
The mission of the Center is to build knowledge for solutions of human, organizational and societal problems particularly among African American and other ethnic and cultural populations.
Goals of the Center are as follows:
- To advance knowledge on social work theory and practice
- To facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration within the university and among outside organizations
- To facilitate faculty research development and grant writing
- To provide research and educational training opportunities
- To consolidate research projects and resources within an organizational structure
- To interpret and link research and curriculum
- To disseminate knowledge.
Under the guidance of the director, Dr. Meirong Liu, the Center seeks to foster collaborative research projects with community agencies such as the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, and Health and Human Services. Past research has spanned multiple disciplines, from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome to violence prevention and its impact on the cost of public health care.
The Center also seeks to support leadership training for young women, assists homeless families with children in need of shelter in the Washington D.C. area, and studies the resettlement of Afghan refugee families in Afghanistan.
Through its emphasis on excellence in inquiry, the Center promotes theory building, prevention, treatment and policy research, as well as program evaluation.
The Center operates with researchers from the Howard University School of Social Work faculty, staff, visiting scholars, community partners and students. The Center provides research training to organizations within the community. New contributions continue to fund the Center's research efforts and provide additional resources for the creation of new research initiatives.
The Center operates with researchers from the Howard University School of Social Work faculty, staff, visiting scholars, community partners and students.
The Center provides research training to organizations within the community. New contributions continue to fund the Center's research efforts and provide additional resources for the creation of new research initiatives.