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Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice

The School of Social Work’s
Position Statement on Diversity

The School of Social Work at Salisbury University affirms and embraces 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, 2017). We condemn and work to eradicate 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 school’s non-discrimination policy. 

As social workers, scholars, and individuals, we stand in solidarity with marginalized and oppressed populations and in support of a community that upholds and promotes social justice. We value 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.

We are focused on anti-racist and anti-oppressive teaching, service, and scholarship that challenge oppressive and unjust forces.  We are committed to community engagement projects that push against systematic oppression in all its forms.  We are dedicated to confronting those who would deny anyone access to social, economic, and political resources. 

We prepare future social workers to be transformational leaders who recognize discrimination, confront bias, and intervene to support members of our society who lack power. People who have experienced effects of marginalization, prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, violence, or mistreatment of any kind have allies within our school. We are dedicated to undoing oppression in all its forms.

The faculty and administrators of the School of Social Work 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]. (2017). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from

School of Social Work Salisbury University. (2019, November 21). Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Student Handbook and Field Manual 2019-2020. Retrieved from

Access the BASW and MSW Student Handbook and Field Manual