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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision

The Graduate School of Social Work is among the finest graduate schools of social work in the country, a vibrant center for intellectual development, a leader in promoting diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social work, all within a facility that supports the best educational practices.

Our mission

The Graduate School of Social Work is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community leadership and service. Our mission is to foster social responsibility regarding social and economic justice, quality of life and multicultural communities, based on equality for all people. As a center for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the School provides graduate social work education in order to alleviate and prevent social problems of individuals, families and communities.

Our values

The guiding philosophy of social work includes values that create a framework for social work education, research and service. These include:

  • progressive ideals of equality, social and economic justice, cultural diversity and freedom
  • social work's unique focus on person-in-environment as the central concept which shapes our curriculum and practice
  • excellence in the development of social work knowledge and its dissemination to students, communities and policy-makers
  • responsibility for promoting social change and multiculturalism in the community, and empowerment of the social work profession