Consistent with the mission of the University and EPAS (2008) requirements for the Council on Social Work Education, the mission of the Social Work department is to promote social welfare and well-being for residents of the Saginaw Valley, the state of Michigan and beyond - through advancement of knowledge about social problems, and through educating students and practitioners about effective social work practices. We seek to respond to the particular needs of oppressed people and of institutions by educating ethical and effective generalist social workers who are prepared to provide services that promote human rights and social and economic justice to the diverse groups living in rural, suburban, and urban areas in this region and who are committed to empowering people/groups that experience oppression and discrimination and helping people to achieve the greatest self-sufficiency.
With the liberal arts as its foundation, BSW graduates are prepared to engage in entry-level generalist social work practice. Students are further prepared for continuing their formal education in social work or another graduate discipline. As such, it is our goal that by completion of the program, students will be prepared to:
1. Engage in evidence-based entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations within a diverse and multicultural society (EP 2.1.1, EP 2.1.3, EP 2.1.6, EP 2.1.8, EP 2.1.10).
2. Practice according to the principles, values, and ethics that guide the social work profession (EP 2.1.2, EP 2.1.3).
3. Influence social policies with the goal of alleviating poverty, oppression, and social injustice as well as advocating for human rights (EP 2.1.3, EP 2.1.4, EP 2.1.5, EP 2.1.6, EP 2.1.8).
4. Identify and affect the bio-psycho-social, spiritual, and cultural functioning of people (EP 2.1.7, EP 2.1.9).
5. Evidence practice from a diversity competent and culturally-sensitive perspective which recognizes and appreciates diversity and diverse cultures, particularly those that differ from one’s own diversity or culture (EP2.1.4).
6. Provide the community with professional social work services in a manner that reflects a commitment to the historic mission of social work and addresses issues of social justice.