Mission Statement


The mission of the University of Connecticut School of Social Work is to provide professional master’s, doctoral and continuing professional social work education which will promote social and economic justice, and the improvement of human well being. This mission derives from the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, service and outreach, an expanding international role, and commitment to public service. The School is committed to helping students become professional social workers by developing professional values and ethics, judgment and skills that equip them for life-long critical analysis of their practice, of social welfare services and of the context of society’s social, economic and political structures. The School is also committed to teaching advanced, research-informed practice methods, focusing on strengths of individuals and families, groups, communities, and organizations, and the practice of social policy. Graduates are prepared to lead in contexts that shape practice by valuing human diversity, working for human rights and against oppression and discrimination, preventing and alleviating the effects of violence and poverty, particularly in urban centers, and advocating for improved social policies and services, locally and globally.

Adopted by the faculty on March 14, 2011