Practicum Education Manual - I. Introduction

A. Mission statement

As a school within an urban research university, the mission of the Wayne State University School of Social Work is to transmit, develop, critically examine, and apply knowledge to advance social work practice and social welfare policy in order to promote social, cultural, and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and society, by:

  • preparing ethical and competent social work generalists, advanced practitioners, and scholars at the BSW, MSW, and PhD levels, respectively, with learning that primarily emphasizes urban settings;
  • conducting research, primarily relevant to urban populations; and
  • providing innovative leadership and service to the urban community and the profession.

B. Non-discrimination and equality-of-opportunity policy

Wayne State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equality in all its operations, employment opportunities, educational programs, and related activities.

This policy embraces all persons regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, or political or sexual orientation, and it expressly forbids sexual harassment and discrimination in hiring, terms of employment, tenure, promotion, placement and discharge of employees, admission, training, and treatment of students.

Wayne State University complies with the Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as Amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination act of 1975, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Michigan Public Act 453.

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