Purpose & Vision

Purpose & Vision

The purpose of the Department of Social Work at Humboldt State University is to:

  • Provide high quality educational programs that promote excellence in the social work profession.
  • Engage with tribal, academic, and professional communities to improve the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and enhance the physical and natural environments within which people live, with particular emphasis on rural Northwestern California.
  • Offer students and community members opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, practices, and methodologies for fostering change, bringing about social justice, and addressing and healing the ongoing effects of colonization.

Vision:  The Department faculty, staff and students are viewed and utilized as highly skilled, innovative, creative, competent, and collaborative social work partners. Our reputation, activities, and partnerships attract students and other constituents from local, state, tribal, national, and international contexts. The Department actively contributes to making social work a liberatory profession and the world a more just place.

As a Department, we recognize that people who join us are much more than university students, and that all of us are members of the community. The relational quality between students and faculty reflects a mutual learning and educational process. The faculty is dedicated to the well being of the social work students based on caring and compassion. It is important that the University and Department are seen as an integral part of the overall community fabric (economically, socially, and historically). The Department supports progressive practice that is based on peace, justice, experimentation, risk taking, inclusiveness, partnership, non-expert paradigms of relationships, and a belief in the uniqueness of each student’s own professional goals and vision of becoming the social worker they want to be.