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Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Social Work is committed to fostering inclusion and diversity based on equal opportunity and respect. We strive to create an environment in which every student, faculty and staff member recognizes and values all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, identity expression and sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are an inherent part of the social justice mission of social work. “The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.”¹ This work is not simply an ideal toward which we aspire as a profession, but the very essence of who we are in the world. Social workers keep equity and justice at the heart of our practice.

At the College of Social Work, we take this commitment very seriously. Social justice, equity, and inclusion are woven through our coursework, professional development, and interactions. We strive to be a diverse community where all people are included and valued, and where all have a place at the table. We are a community of learners who are always open to new ways of being and supporting each other on our journeys of discovery. The students, staff and faculty embody the commitment to be life-long learners in the pursuit of justice and equity, recognizing that knowledge is never complete.

I welcome you to the College of Social Work Diversity and Inclusion page. You will find resources here that may help you navigate the college and university or answer questions you may have about who we are and what we value. Use the links to learn about events and scholarships or to read about our diversity and inclusion strategy. Please use the “Share Your Views” tab to send us a message or question about diversity, equity, and inclusion here at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion run deep. We invite you to explore with us.

¹ NASW Code of Ethics, Preamble

Kirk Foster
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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