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Mission and Values

The School of Social Work enhances people’s health and wellbeing, and empowers individuals, communities, and organizations to dismantle inequitable systems and promote social justice. We conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research with real world impact, educate students to be effective and innovative practitioners, and collaborate with community partners to reimagine and design solutions to social challenges.

Social Work Strategic Plan 2021-2026

As we celebrated our 75th anniversary, the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engaged in strategic planning to articulate and focus our efforts over the next five years. We were guided by existing strengths in our School, as well as the expressed aspirations of School members and other stakeholders. We also sought to build on the ambitious “Next 150” strategic plan developed by the University for our campus.

Our resulting strategic plan is organized into four sections. Three of these focus upon the critical missions that encompass most of our work: research, teaching and learning, and community and public engagement. The fourth area, our School environment and culture, considers the atmosphere we believe is crucial to stimulate progress in each of the other three areas.

We hope that this plan provides our many stakeholders with a sense of important objectives on which we collectively seek to excel. We understand that strategic plans are aspirational, and that we have much room for growth. However, we have selected areas in which we have many strengths, and in which we are well-positioned to make major contributions. We hope that our many colleagues and stakeholders will join us on this journey.

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