Our core purpose:
Western Michigan University's School of Social Work educates social workers to advocate for social and economic justice and personal well-being for all people. The faculty provides leadership on a local, national and international level through research, scholarship, community service and partnerships, and other creative activities relevant to the profession.
We seek to be a school that:
- Strengthens students' critical thinking skills, helps them formulate a vision of a just society, and enables them to move towards the realization of their vision.
- Prepares ethical, competent, reflective practitioners to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and institutions within a global and changing environment.
- Fosters sensitivity to diversity, cultural competence and practice effectiveness.
- Is a nurturing, respectful, inclusive environment that maximizes the contributions and development of students, faculty and staff.
We believe in:
- Facilitating excellence in professional education.
- Integrating theory and practice.
- Conducting research on best practices that foster solutions to community needs.
- Participating and seeking out mutually collaborative relationships.
- Ensuring professional competence through gate-keeping and bridge-building activities.
- Understanding and intervening within a person-centered ecological model.
- Evaluating educational outcomes, skills, knowledge and values.
- Creating a student-centered educational environment.
- Maintaining a commitment to lifelong professional learning for faculty, staff and alumni.
- Preparing social workers to advocate for social justice.