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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Diversity Pledge

Among the greatest strengths of our school are its more than 400 students. They come from across the nation and around the world, bringing with them a wide variety of academic, cultural and social work practice experiences. This diversity leads to interactions that provide valuable educational experiences.


GSSW is committed to recruiting a multicultural student body, faculty and staff. As an admitted student, you are expected to respect diversity, consistent with the ideals of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). You must demonstrate acceptance of human diversity as you interact with others. And you must serve clients without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic situation, national origin, disability, value system and religious affiliation or lack thereof.

In 2006, students organized a Diversity Forum that brought students, faculty, alumni and staff together to develop strategies for diversity-friendly school culture. The GSSW Diversity Pledge was developed by this group as a permanent reminder of our ongoing commitment to transforming our minds, our systems and our institutions of learning.


In order to create a culturally inclusive community, where all people are respected, I pledge:

  • to encourage diversity by welcoming persons of any racial or ethnic origin, ability, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation in all aspects of campus and community life
  • to honor both the diversity and the unity within the human spirit and within our common humanity
  • to accept the responsibility of addressing social justice issues that affect human beings because of their race, ethnicity, ability, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation
  • to refrain from prejudicial language and discriminating behavior and to challenge stereotypes when I hear others speaking in derogatory generalizations
  • to avoid, deter, and report incidents of violence
  • to work together with other members of our community to demonstrate that hate is not tolerated
  • to foster intercultural dialogues, to examine my own biases, and to critically analyze intersections of privilege and oppression
  • to expand my own understanding of cultural diversity by constantly exploring other cultures through rigorous academic study and active participation in community events
  • to demonstrate empathy in a culturally sensitive manner, to listen when I disagree, and to work to solve all problems peacefully
  • to take every opportunity to demonstrate my commitment to creating a community that is a safe environment for all