School of Social Work

The mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work is to advance the aims of the profession through education for excellence in social work practice. The School utilizes an Afrocentric perspective and autonomous social work practice model heavily guided by humanistic values, and seeks to educate students who demonstrate a heightened sense of social consciousness to be creative, responsible social work professionals committed to the search for solutions to problems of poverty and varied forms of oppression in society while preserving the heritage of African-American people. The emphasis is to prepare graduates to search for solutions to problems, especially as they affect the African-American community, with a focus on children, families, and males within the context of family and community. The School is committed to the core values of the profession, including the promotion of social justice; a responsibility to serve oppressed, at-risk members of society; and the responsible application of professional values and ethics in practice. A liberal arts foundation provides the base upon which the professional self is shaped.

The School's mission embraces not only the institution's mission but also the conscience of social work and the central importance of research-guided knowledge and problem solving as a means to nurture future social work professionals. Educating graduates who value research and use a reasoned approach for assessing, intervening, and valuating practice outcomes related to planned change forms a significant aspect of the program's mission. In this manner, the School and the BSW Program seek to increase the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountability, empirically based practice, knowledge building and sharing of their own practice wisdom. Most important, the School places emphasis on resolving problems that particularly affect African- American children, families, and males within the context of family and community.

The mission of the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work also recognizes the mounting impact of information technology on how social workers work and the implications for lifelong learning. The School seeks to strengthen social workers' use of information technology by graduating students who have a good foundation in computer literacy upon which to build and lead as "next generation" 21st-century practitioners. Rapidly advancing technology and the knowledge explosion have tremendous significance for lifelong learning; both sharply influence what is to be learned and how one gains an understanding that a commitment to lifelong learning is integral to professional development and practice.

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