The Department of Social Work is committed to embracing diversity in every aspect
of our functioning and programming. We understand diversity as the intersection of
multiple factors including age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender,
gender identity and expression, immigration status, national origin, political ideology,
race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We make a concerted and
deliberate effort to include a diverse student body and faculty across all axes of
difference. We endeavor to create a welcoming environment of inclusiveness and respect
for difference not only in background and demographics, but in point of view and opinion.
The Department recognizes and strives to challenge social, political, and economic
injustice. We recognize that oppression and discrimination operate through varying
mechanisms and take varying forms. We respect the inherent dignity and worth of each
person and we are committed to advancing the human rights of all people. We ensure
broad experiential learning around diversity through academic processes, community
partnerships, research, and community service.
The Department of Social Work seeks to be a leader in social work education by: preparing
students with cutting-edge social work skills necessary to practice in complex settings;
creating knowledge through research and engaged scholarship; reducing poverty, inequality,
and social and economic injustice through evidence based practices; and addressing
the needs of the Mid-South within a global perspective.