Past Event

Social Work & UX Research: Creating a Positive Impact in the Tech Industry

April 29, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:01 PM
Online Live Event

Free & Open to the Public | Complimentary Continuing Education Credits

NY, NJ, and CT licensed social workers can earn complimentary 1 CE hour. Licensed social workers from other states, please confirm with your licensing board. Columbia School of Social Work is a CSWE-accredited institution. Please see registration page for CE information.  


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Description and Objectives

UX research has become increasingly popular at tech companies in the last decade. It’s a discipline that informs product and design decisions by deeply understanding users' needs, motivations and pain points. Most importantly, it helps teams develop empathy for users to ensure the products they create truly solve user problems. That’s why the first thing Google knows to be true after 22 years of running the business is “Focus on the user and all else will follow."

So, why should social workers care about UX research? First, the skills overlap quite a bit: actively listening, self-reflection, building rapport with clients, meeting the client where they are, etc. These are critical skills for UX researchers to connect with users and develop products that users will adopt. Additionally, UX as a discipline has created powerful problem-solving methods such as design thinking and design sprint, which can also be adapted for social services. Whether you are interested in learning about UX research methods, or want to transition into a UX research career, this workshop is for you!

Objectives: Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about UX research process and impact through a case study
  • Understand the intersection of UX and social work
  • Applying UX methods to solve social problems
  • Tips on how to land a job in UX research


Sofia Qin, CSSW MSW'15  (LinkedIn Profile)


Please see registration page for ALL event information including how to access the event, CE details, and special accommodations.



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