WSU Social Work Awareness Month: Leaders. Advocates. Warriors!
March is Social Work Month. In honor of this, the Wayne State University School of Social Work would like to use this month to raise support for the School of Social Work students who will become future social workers, leaders, advocates and champions of our communities. This year’s theme is “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions”. Our students are not just the future social workers that will lead, advocate and champion for our communities and its members after graduation, they are leading, advocating and championing right now!
Did you know…
- Wayne State BSW and MSW students will complete between 16-24 hours a week for each semester as part of their degree program!
- There are 650 social work students each year between our BSW and MSW programs, that is more than 290,000 hours of direct work in the field!
- Students do their field placements at more than 591 area agencies working directly with people in the communities!
Your gift today will have an immediate impact on the life of a student and the lives of those in the communities they serve each day. Supporting a social worker is supporting your community!
“The services of social workers are needed now more than ever as the nation grapples with issues like income inequality, the opioid crisis, environmental justice, and the continued struggle for human rights for all. During Social Work Month, we hope you will take time and look to the future for the change we will make working together."
- Maxine A. Thome, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, MPH. Executive Director, NASW-Michigan
About the WSU School of Social Work
The Wayne State University School of Social Work is a learning collaborative of talented and diverse faculty, staff and students addressing complex problems, promoting social justice and fostering overall well-being through engaged teaching, research and partnership within an urban and global context.
As a school within an urban research university, the mission of the Wayne State University School of Social Work is to transmit, develop, critically examine, and apply knowledge to advance social work practice and social welfare policy in order to promote social, cultural and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and society by:
- preparing ethical and competent social work generalists, advanced practitioners and scholars at the B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. levels, respectively, with learning that primarily emphasizes urban settings;
- conducting research, primarily relevant to urban populations; and •providing innovative leadership and service to the urban community and the profession.
- To prepare B.S.W. students for ethical, competent entry level, generalist professional social work practice, particularly in urban settings with diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- To prepare M.S.W. students for ethical, competent advanced level professional social work practice, with a focus on interpersonal practice or innovation in community, policy and leadership, particularly in urban settings with diverse, poor, vulnerable and oppressed individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- To prepare Ph.D. students as ethical, competent advanced scholars equipped to engage in research on contemporary clinical or urban issues and problems for the advancement of social work practice and social welfare policy and to assume leadership positions as social work educators, researchers, and agency administrators and clinicians.
- To create and transmit knowledge through research and scholarship that is integrated in teaching and service and that advances social work practice and social welfare policy.
- To expand mutually beneficial partnerships with our social work, social welfare, and other human-service-communities-of-interest to enrich teaching, research and scholarship, and to take a leadership role in development of service delivery systems that improve and enrich human conditions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
- To foster a commitment to continuing education, maintaining competence in practice, and seeking opportunities for renewal and advancement within the profession.