The University of New England (UNE) is an independent university with two distinctive campuses on the coast of southern Maine: University Campus in Biddeford and Portland Campus in suburban Portland. The University’s mission is to provide a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research, and service. UNE has four schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the newly established College of Pharmacy. University of New England is a leading educator of healthcare professionals and an innovator in biomedical and healthcare research. With internationally recognized scholars in the humanities and marine sciences, UNE is building an outstanding faculty and provides a balance between students and faculty that ensures close collaboration and strong interactions. UNE’s student-centered, interdisciplinary programs promote experiential learning, critical thinking, and lifelong service to community.
Vision, Mission & Values
The University of New England School of Social Work envisions a world where social workers are at the forefront of advocating with individuals and communities for human dignity and social inclusion by mobilizing efforts to end inequities, exploitation and violence.
To provide transformative and collaborative learning that embraces the values of social inclusion and promotes enhanced quality of life for individuals and communities.
Our values are firmly grounded in human resilience, capacity building and the potential for individual and collective transformation at all systemic levels.
We respect people’s memberships in groups and communities distinguished by class, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, spirituality and culture while honoring each person’s individuality.
We embrace the World Health Organization’s comprehensive definition of health, which reads: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” We believe that health, defined in this way, is a universal right.
We believe human suffering results from inequities in power and privilege, with disenfranchised people at greatest risk.
We support person-centered collaborative practices and partnerships that bring together interdisciplinary and interprofessional workers and community members to meet the best interests of individuals, families, groups and local and global communities.