Naming of the Crown Family School’s Edith Abbott Hall

From: Robert J. Zimmer
Subject: Naming of the Crown Family School’s Edith Abbott Hall
Date: March 11, 2021

I am pleased to announce that the University will name the building that is home to the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice in honor of Edith Abbott, Ph.D. 1905. Edith Abbott Hall honors Abbott’s historic role in founding the School, serving as its first dean, and shaping a model of social work education that continues to this day.

Abbott was a scholar, researcher, and innovator, who reimagined and revolutionized the social work profession and social work curriculum. She created an interdisciplinary approach to social work education still used today, led the then-independent School’s merger with the University of Chicago – making it one of the first graduate schools of social work in the country, and established the first Ph.D. program in social work in the U.S.  

During her 18-year tenure as dean, Abbott and the School were deeply involved with national policy in such areas as immigration, labor, child welfare, and social security.

The University will celebrate the dedication of Edith Abbott Hall on Wednesday, March 17, at a 4:30 p.m. virtual ceremony featuring University leaders as well as Crown Family School faculty and alumni.