Statement on Racism and Social Justice
The School of Social Work condemns racism and the callous acts of violence behind the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, other African Americans and Asian American Pacific Islanders. We mourn their deaths. We condemn the alarming rise in discrimination, oppression, harassment, violence, and Anti-Asian racism perpetuated in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to seeking racial justice and to actions that make positive change happen. We are committed to these actions with broad input and ongoing collaboration and dialogue. We are committed to ensuring that “social justice” is more than a phrase on our website. It is the focus of our mission.
We strongly support our professional organization, the National Association of Social Workers, and its condemnation of lethal police force against unarmed African Americans, our educational accreditation body, the Council on Social Work Education, and its Statement of Social Justice and the Society for Social Work and Research’s Call and Commitment to Ending Police Brutality, Racial Injustice, and White Supremacy. We also support the Council on Social Work Education, the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association, Filipinx Social Work Network, Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, Korean American Social Work Educators Association, National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, Society for Social Work and Research, the St. Louis Group for the advancement of social work research and education, and South Asian Social Work Educators Association in their Joint Statement Against Anti-Asian Racism.
The School of Social Work at the University of Georgia prepares culturally responsive practitioners and scholars to be leaders in addressing social problems and promoting social justice, locally and globally, through teaching, research, and service.
Committed to excellence and impact.
Everything we do is informed by our commitment to well-being and social justice. And it shows: Our MSW graduates score well above the national average on social work licensure exams. More than half our BSW graduates complete their degrees with Latin honors. Our outreach connects vulnerable individuals and communities with the resources they need to live healthier, more productive lives. Our research wins national awards and informs social work practice and public policy.
No wonder we’re ranked No. 12 among public university social work graduate programs. No wonder College Factual ranks our undergraduate degree program No. 6 in the nation; graduates of our nonprofit management program build impactful and award-winning organizations; graduates of our doctoral program conduct ground-breaking research at universities around the world.
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