Social justice and racial equity are at the core of our social work mission—foundational tenets that inform, drive and strengthen everything we do, from teaching and research to public service and community engagement.

On Sept, 10, 2020, UW President Ana Mari Cauce articulated the University's commitment to antiracism in a letter to the UW Black Student Union in response to specific concerns voiced by UW students. On February 22, 2021, UW Provost Mark Richards announced a Faculty Diversity Intiative that includes $5 million in funding for faculty hiring in the next two years.

The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity published the 2017–2021 UW Diversity Blueprint to provide an overarching framework so that each academic unit can align its particular priorities and measure its success. The blueprint established six key goals:

  1. Cultivate an inclusive campus climate
  2. Attract, retain and graduate a diverse and excellent student body
  3. Attract and retain a diverse faculty
  4. Attract and retain a diverse staff
  5. Assess tri-campus diversity needs
  6. Improve accountability and transparency.

At the School of Social Work, we are committed to addressing the critical issues of race and equity that we as a school, a university and a country face. We conducted workshops on implicit bias, hosted guest speakers, and worked with our equity council and critical community response team to identify opportunities for action and to develop a draft diversity, equity and inclusion plan with input from all School stakeholders.

We are also deeply involved in the Grand Challenges for Social Work, providing leadership for the grand challenge to eliminate racism. The Grand Challenges is a groundbreaking national initiative to champion social progress powered by science.

If you have questions, please contact Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Kalei Kanuha