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.

Anti-Racism Statement

The Department of Social Work Anti-Racism Statement is available in a PDF format. View the Anti-Racism Statement (pdf).


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