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Diane Somerday, Coordinator of Student Services
102 Senior Hall Office 123
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6482
fax: 509-359-6475

Mission and Goals

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Mission of the School of Social Work at Eastern Washington University

The School is dedicated to promoting leadership in engaging individuals, families, and communities; policy-making; research; and, education for social work professionals. The School prepares its graduates to be ethical and effective change agents at the intersection of families, cultures, communities, and organizations. We are especially committed to educating first-generation college students and those from underserved communities. Graduates will practice with mindfulness about historical oppression and hopefulness in fostering a more socially just world.

Mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program (BASW)

The BASW program, based in a regional, comprehensive public university, prepares competent generalist practitioners to educate, broker, coordinate services and advocate for social change through the development of critical thinking, ethical practice, and the use of research and theory to deliver culturally responsive services. 

Goals of the EWU BASW Program

  1. Preparing graduates for generalist practice that integrates strengths, empowerment, ecosystems and evidence informed frameworks.
  2. Preparing graduates for ethical and culturally informed generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  3. Preparing graduates for effective generalist practice that promotes social justice within and across multiple systems.
  4. Responding to regional baccalaureate social work education needs.

Mission of the Master of Social Work Program (MSW)

The MSW program, based in a regional, comprehensive public university, prepares advanced generalist practitioners to become effective leaders for socially just practice through the integration of skills, ethics, research, and theory, in advancing the well-being of individuals and society.

Goals of the EWU MSW Program

  1. Preparing graduate students for advanced generalist practice integrating empowerment, eco-systems, and evidence informed frameworks.
  2. Preparing graduate students for ethical and culturally informed practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  3. Preparing graduate students to become effective leaders in promoting socially just systems.
  4. Providing programs to address local and regional social work education needs.


Approved by staff and faculty June 5, 2015

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