School of Social Work

Mission Statement & Statement of Inclusion

Mission Statement
The California State University, Chico School of Social Work acknowledges the Mechoopda lands on which it resides, our commitment as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and our surrounding rural and extended communities. Our priorities align with the University’s mission by providing a rich experiential learning environment through our signature pedagogy, practicum education. We are committed to providing accessible and high-quality education to diverse students within rapidly changing social, political, and physical environments. We strive to center the student experience through anti-oppressive approaches as students develop into ethical social work practitioners in pursuit of social, economic, racial, and environmental healing and justice in service to others. 
Statement of Inclusivity for the School of Social Work

In the spirit of shared humanity and concern for our community and world, the School of Social Work faculty and staff celebrate diversity as a strength and as central to our mission. We affirm our solidarity with diverse individuals and groups with whom we work and value their strengths and resilience. In line with social work values and ethics, we disavow all racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, and hate speech or actions that attempt to silence, threaten, and degrade others.  

The School of Social Work affirms that language, stories and relationships help us to understand the experiences of others whose lives are different from ours. We value equality of opportunity and meaningful participation for all people. Building on these capacities, we hope to inspire empathy, social and environmental justice, and an ethical framework for our actions. We advocate for communities of color and people of varied ethnicities, origins, sexualities, gender identities, religions, ability, body size, and many other intersectional identities.