Mission Statement

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work promotes community and individual well-being through its translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. The College is committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. The College, like the University, is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. The College is fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals and scholars – leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competence, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition.

Vision Statement

We will make major contributions to the generation of knowledge that will alleviate contemporary social problems as the social work profession enters its second century of service to the nation and the world. By consistently striving for excellence, we will earn entry into the ranks of the foremost schools of social work through our research, teaching, and community engagement. We will invigorate the lives of all people who join us in this endeavor. We are committed to a renewal of collaborative public service that is grounded in an intellectual and moral seriousness that reflects the enormous challenges faced by our global community. Such achievements will require individual excellence, effective partnerships, and innovative solutions. This vision is the hallmark of our College.