UMBC Mission Statement
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.
School of Social Work Mission Statement
Our mission at the University of Maryland School of Social Work is to develop practitioners, leaders and scholars to advance the well-being of populations and communities and to promote social justice. As national leaders, we create and use knowledge for education, service innovation, and policy development.
Baccalaureate Social Work Mission Statement
The mission of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program, University of Maryland School of Social Work prepares students for generalist professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities within a diverse geographical region that reflects core social work values and ethics, such as life- long scholarship, commitment to diversity and social justice. The program creates knowledge that informs teaching, enhances social work practice and impacts policy.
Baccalaureate Social Work Program Goals
The goals of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program are to:
1) educate beginning generalist social workers to demonstrate competence in the self-critical and accountable use of the profession’s conceptual, ethical, practical, theoretical and empirical underpinnings, and be able to integrate this knowledge with the liberal arts perspective; and 2) engage in scholarship to enhance the quality of social work education and practice.
Diversity Content Across the BSW Program
The University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baccalaureate Social Work Program strives to graduate students who are prepared to engage and work with diverse populations at all levels of practice. Implicitly and explicitly, the program provides a learning environment that supports our diverse student body as they demonstrate their ability to embrace difference in their skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Each of our courses includes content on diversity, oppression, discrimination, or inequality through lecture, discussion, or an assignment.
Through the following goals, we are able to map the diversity content across the program:
1. Students will understand the current and historical context of oppression and inequality in the U.S. and be able to connect it to differential access to opportunities and resources.
2. Students will show evidence of self-awareness as a means to decrease personal bias in practice.
3. Students will exhibit respect of diverse attitudes, beliefs, and ways of knowing.
4. Students will demonstrate competence in:
a. Applying and communicating understanding of the importance of diversity and difference in shaping life experiences in practice;
b. Presenting themselves as learners and engage clients and constituencies as experts of their own experiences, and;
c. Applying self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies.