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The University of Tennessee College of Social Work:

Mission: Grounded in social justice, we equip professional social workers with the skills needed to serve diverse and vulnerable populations. We build knowledge by conducting groundbreaking research that focuses on solving social problems. We engage with our communities through meaningful service.

Vision: We envision a socially just world that prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable.

Statement on DACA: A process has been set in motion that could end the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has given 800,000 young people, 13,600 of whom live in Tennessee, the opportunity to obtain driver's licenses, to get an education, and to hold renewable work permits. The ability to legally participate in American society has had a transformative effect on their lives and on ours as a nation. If Congress does not develop a legislative solution to save the program, deportations of DACA participants will begin in March 2018. We join with the National Association of Social Workers in expressing opposition to ending DACA.

Spotlight on Sarah Buchanan and the Grand Challenges for Social Work

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers--alums, faculty, staff, and others--whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

Bella CunninghamSarah Buchanan is the Director of Social Services at the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office (CLO). She has been in this position since July 2016. She has shown a committment to the goal of Grand Challenges #6 and #9, ending homelessness and promoting smart decarceration. Her work also focuses on reducing extreme economic inequality and achieving equal opportunity and justice.

Buchanan has recently completed an article for the journal Social Work that explores how her work at the Community Law Office clearly impacts these areas of social work practice. Her article, written with Roger Nooe, professor emeritis at the College of Social Work, is entitled, Defining Social Work within Holistic Public Defense: Challenges and Implications for Practice.



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