The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice will provide social work education with the opportunity and the means to support greater diversity and social and economic justice in education, teaching, research, curriculum, institutional arrangements, and leadership development. The center offers links to diversity resources, current events, and learning opportunities and highlights narratives of diverse social work educators and practitioners.

The center is also a resource to prepare social workers with the knowledge and skills to engage in effective practice with diverse populations and to help transform social systems in pursuit of more humane and equitable conditions.
As a foundation for this learning:     

  • We are concerned with increasing an understanding of the richness of people’s cultural backgrounds and perspectives along ethnoracial, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religious, and other intersectional dimensions.
  • We strive to develop a critical awareness of conditions of social injustice and their consequences, with a focus on economic and environmental injustice, including the role of social exclusion as a mechanism of oppression.

The center provides a library of resources for practice with diverse populations as a resource for educators, students, practitioners, and policy makers, as well as educational resources to respond to emerging social issues.