The mission of the University of Maine School of Social Work is to improve the quality of life for all people by promoting excellence in social work practice. We view the domain of social work as the promotion of social justice, celebration of diversity, elimination of oppression, and promotion of human achievement and well being of people across the entire life span, all of which are essential characteristics of a society in which individuals and groups can exercise their rights to grow and realize their potential to its fullest. In keeping with the Land Grant mission of the University of Maine, the School carries a special responsibility to work toward these ends on behalf of the people of Maine. In defining our mission, the School of Social Work builds on the University of Maine’s commitment to scholarship, outreach and service, its quest for “honor[ing] the heritage and diversity of our state and nation”, its vision for “inspired and dedicated teaching”.
Consistent with the mission, the School of Social Work has four goals:
Achievement of each of these goals is guided by a philosophical framework which synthesizes a liberal arts foundation, a systems world view, principles of the generalist perspective and social work values and ethics as set forth by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.
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