Mission and Governance

Our mission is to promote human well-being by ensuring economic and social justice, as well as human rights for all. We work to meet these goals by:

  • Providing an academically rigorous education that develops social work leaders and practitioners who engage in critical thinking. We seek to develop effective social work leaders, scholars and practitioners who both challenge injustice and institute interventions grounded in theory and science. With a campus located in an area of enormous cultural plurality, we seek to train leaders, practitioners and scholars equipped to serve diverse populations.
  • Conducting applied social science research that aims to solve personal and social problems, and investigates systemic inequities in power and unequal access to resources. We seek to identify and develop effective interventions based on scientific theory.
  • Engaging in public service that cultivates community partnerships, enhances capacity, and provides technical expertise to human service organizations caring for diverse local, national and global communities.

We build upon a foundation of generalist social work knowledge and skills that emphasizes empowerment, inclusion, and systems transformation.


Department of Social Work Bylaws are available in a PDF format. View the Bylaws (pdf).

Strategic Plan 2014-2019

1:  Educational Experience

  • Improve integration of field experiences with classroom activities
  • Increase use of innovative learning environments using Mason resources
  • Implement multi-class assignments for linking educational concepts
  • Design and implement new capstone and measures of competence

2: Research Funding

  • Focus support for potential NIH PIs / Co-PIs
  • Plan, develop, and conduct evaluation projects to assist local organizations

3: Local Evaluation, Training, and Technical Assistance Funding

  • Encourage direct work local organizations to develop long-term funding schemes
  • Identify academic outreach activities for CHHS

4: Environment

  • Continually improve implicit curriculum to facilitate learning beyond the classroom
  • Identify initial supports for students from the start of their education to graduation

5: Service to Community, Academic Outreach, Executive Education

  • Plan and initiate academic outreach opportunities
  • Increase use of social media for disseminating information to students and others

6: CSWE Accreditation

  • Use 2015 EPAS standards for preparing for CSWE reaffirmation
  • Develop assessment database in collaboration with Mason's Office of Institutional Assessment