Frazier Center

Overview

The E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research is located within the School of Social Work. The Center includes staff, faculty, students, visiting scholars and community partners.

E. Franklin Frazier was a leading American sociologist and scholar. The Center celebrates Dr. Frazier's contributions and strives to advance knowledge of and find solutions to social problems within the context of a diverse and multicultural environment.

The Center conducts research on current social and human services issues that affect families, communities, cities, counties and states. The Center also has an interest in national and international research issues.

History

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 and 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:

  1. To advance knowledge on social work theory and practice
  2. To facilitate interdisciplinary research collaboration within the university and among outside organizations
  3. To facilitate faculty research development and grant writing
  4. To provide research and educational training opportunities
  5. To consolidate research projects and resources within an organizational structure
  6. To interpret and link research and curriculum
    7. To disseminate knowledge.

Research

Under the guidance of the director, Dr. Michael Udo Mbanaso, the Center fosters 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 supports 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.

Partners

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.

Resources

Contact Us

E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research at Howard University
School of Social Work
Holy Cross Hall, 3rd floor
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-806-8213

Dr. Jacqueline Smith, Director of Center

Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Interim Dean