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Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Mission Statement

The mission of Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work is to prepare social work professionals, practitioners, and leaders with knowledge, skills, and abilities to address culturally diverse human and social issues locally, nationally and internationally.

WMYJSSW Vision Statement

 Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work will provide relevant social work programs, practice, and research that will empower and sustain social work professionals to serve diverse populations in a variety of settings.


The Afrocentric Perspective of Social Work

The Afrocentric Perspective is a culturally grounded social work practice-based model that affirms, codifies, and integrates common cultural experiences, values, and interpretations that cut across people of African descent. The Perspective encompasses the intersectionality of race, and other societal factors such as gender, ethnicity, social class, ability status, and sexual orientation. Further, the Perspective acknowledges African cultural resiliency as a foundation to help social work practitioners solve pressing social problems that diminish human potential and

preclude positive social change. Thus, Afrocentric social work practice as a pedagogy embedded within the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Programs, endeavors to prepare our students to address specific psychological, social, spiritual, and economic problems experienced by people of African descent and to address problems confronted by all people.