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.