Vision, Mission & Values


The University of New England School of Social Work envisions a world where human dignity, diversity, self-determination and health are universal rights; and domination, exploitation and violence in all forms no longer exist.


The mission of the School of Social Work is to educate a diverse community of professional social workers who translate our vision into evidence-informed practice and create sustainable collaborative partnerships. Our focus is on changing the structures and relationships that foster inequities that undermine the promotion of health. Thus, the school teaches empowering theories for practice and how to develop relationships based on mutuality and respect from direct practice to social movements.  


Our values are firmly grounded in human resilience, capacity building and the potential for individual and collective transformation at all systemic levels.

  • We respect people's memberships in groups and communities distinguished by class, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, spirituality and culture while honoring each person's individuality.
  • We embrace the World Health Organization’s comprehensive definition of health, which reads: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” We believe that health, defined in this way, is a universal right.
  • We believe human suffering results from inequities in power and privilege, with disenfranchised people at greatest risk.
  • We support person-centered collaborative practices and partnerships that bring together interdisciplinary and interprofessional workers and community members to meet the best interests of individuals, families, groups, and local and global communities.