SOCIAL WORK

School of Health and Human Sciences

BSW Program Mission Statement and Goals

(Adopted by the faculty in Fall 2019)

Mission

The mission of the UNCG BSW Program is to prepare culturally competent, ethical social workers who embody the core social work values as described in the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. These core values include; service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationship, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry. Human rights and social justice are key components of what social workers do, and an important part of our mission is for students to apply these values and ethics in their social work practice. We prepare students to engage with others at the intersection of culture, race, gender, and class, to promote healthy functioning for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our goal is the transformation of personal history into professional identity through mentoring, teaching, research, and our signature pedagogy – field education. Faculty promote social, economic, and environmental justice through research, engaged scholarship, and collaboration with social services agencies. Learning takes place within an intentional, collaborative community that respects and embraces diversity and promotes inclusion

Goals

  1. Prepare students to become competent, engaged social workers who demonstrate the knowledge, ethics, values, and skills of the profession and work towards human rights and social justice.
  2. Prepare students to work effectively with diverse and historically and currently oppressed groups.
  3. Prepare students to facilitate inclusion at all systems levels—individual, family, group, organization, and community.
  4. Create a learning community that respects diversity and promotes inclusion.
  5. Engage with social service agencies and other community institutions to promote social change.
  6. Generate change-oriented research and scholarship to promote social and economic justice.