Social work student works with a kid
Social work students working together in Ropes course
Social work students working with nursing students collaboratively
Students learning experientially through simulation
Social work students gaining experience through simulation learning
Students at graduation ceremony
Social worker working with kids

“We stand today united in a belief in beauty, genius, and courage, and that these can transform the world.” 
-Jane Addams, a founder of the social work profession

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work prepares students to make a difference in the world through direct practice with individuals, couples, families and communities; policy analysis and advocacy; and social work research. Our students are trained to help people discover and build upon their own resources and strengths as well as the resources and strengths of their environment to meet the challenges of poverty, discrimination, health and mental health issues, and other difficult life situations.

UNCW social work alumni are working in social service, health and mental health agencies in Southeastern North Carolina, throughout the state and across the country. Our current students are working toward joining their predecessors, while also serving our community in local field placements as part of their education. School of Social Work faculty members continue to serve via community outreach and their contributions to social work scholarship.

Explore our site to learn more about our academic programs, our learning outcomes, our passionate faculty and how you can join us in transforming the world through social work. Read more about the mission and goals for the School of Social Work: Download the Strategic Plan (PDF).

Statement from Dr. Stacey Kolomer, School of Social Work Director

June 1st, 2020 

It is with a heavy heart I am writing this statement about the pain our society is suffering through yet again.  We have been dealing with COVID-19 for several months. We know that racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately impacted by this virus.  Recently released videos of acts of violence against Black Lives- Black men, Black women, and Black children- currently have the nation’s attention. The pandemic of racism, white privilege, and white supremacy is not new within the black community. 

As social workers, we need to demand justice for those whose lives have been tragically taken. The vigilantes and law enforcement officers accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, George Floyd, and Tony McDade need to be held accountable for their actions and face consequences. Yet, we also need to remember that these moments will do nothing to prevent the murder of another black American. The larger systemic issues of racism and White supremacy that continue to threaten our society need immediate attention.  As social workers, we must maintain our focus on dismantling the larger systems of oppression that are responsible for the violence.

I encourage you to read the NASW-NC Board of Directors statement shared with membership.

The School of Social Work is committed to standing for justice through advocacy and action. Please share your ideas and help us develop sustainable actions to achieve our vision of social, racial, economic, and political justice for everyone. This is our professional and moral responsibility. Together we can demand – and create – effective change. 

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