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Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice

The Social Work Department’s Position Statement on Discrimination

The Social Work Department at Salisbury University supports the mission of the profession of Social Work. We affirm and embrace the core values of the profession of social work, which include social justice, human rights and a belief in the dignity and worth of all people as outlined in the National Association of Social Workers [NASW] Code of Ethics (NASW, 2008). We condemn any discrimination, racism, and acts of violence, whether in word or action, targeting and oppressing residents of the United States and all countries around the world as outlined in our department’s non-discrimination policy.  

As social workers and individuals we stand in solidarity with marginalized and oppressed populations and in support of a community that upholds and promotes social justice. We focus on engaging and collaborating in teaching, service, and scholarship that challenges oppressive and unjust forces.  We recognize the importance of celebrating all people regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, immigration status, political belief, religion, or mental or physical ability, both within the academy and the broader society.  The faculty and administrators of the Social Work Department at Salisbury University are united in the pursuit to end bias and to empower our students towards this collective goal.


National Association of Social Workers [NASW]. (2008). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from /pubs/code/code.asp

Social Work Department Salisbury University (2017, February 2), BASW Program Student Handbook 2015-2016.