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Department of Social Work Diversity & Vision Statement

Diversity Statement

The Department of Social Work is committed to embracing diversity in every aspect of our functioning and programming. We understand diversity as the intersection of multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We make a concerted and deliberate effort to include a diverse student body and faculty across all axes of difference. We endeavor to create a welcoming environment of inclusiveness and respect for difference not only in background and demographics, but in point of view and opinion.

The Department recognizes and strives to challenge social, political, and economic injustice. We recognize that oppression and discrimination operate through varying mechanisms and take varying forms. We respect the inherent dignity and worth of each person and we are committed to advancing the human rights of all people. We ensure broad experiential learning around diversity through academic processes, community partnerships, research, and community service.

 

Vision Statement

The Department of Social Work seeks to be a leader in social work education by: preparing students with cutting-edge social work skills necessary to practice in complex settings; creating knowledge through research and engaged scholarship; reducing poverty, inequality, and social and economic injustice through evidence based practices; and addressing the needs of the Mid-South within a global perspective.

 

The Department of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers the Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work and the Master of Social Work. The BA degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the MSW degree is in candidacy for  CSWE accreditation. Both degree programs include significant work experience through field placement.

 

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