The School of Social Work’s educational programs are designed to prepare students for ethical, evidence-informed professional practice.

The social work profession’s purpose is to promote human and community well-being. The profession is guided by the person in environment framework which enables the social work profession to foster a global perspective, respect for human diversity and knowledge based on scientific inquiry.

Mission and Goals

Guided by the principles of the strengths perspective, empowerment, cultural competence, and social and economic justice, the School of Social Work prepares students for ethical, evidence-informed social work practice. The School of Social Work is committed to serving people through teaching, outreach, leadership, research, service, and the development of knowledge, skills, and values that promote the profession’s ability to respond to individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations in the culturally diverse environment of the Southwest.

The following four goals are derived from the School’s mission:

  1. Professional Social Work Education: Prepare graduates for ethical and evidence informed, advanced generalist practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities in the culturally diverse environment of the Southwest.
  2. Research: Develop and apply research knowledge and skills to inform practice that benefits individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in a culturally diverse environment.
  3. Outreach: Promote social and economic justice and empowerment from a strengths based perspective that is both culturally sensitive and affirming.
  4. Leadership and Service: Promote service and leadership through participation in classroom, university, organizational, community, and professional settings.