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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 Bella Cunningham 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 CunninghamBella Cunningham is a senior BSSW student who has already shown a committment to the goal of Grand Challenge #10, Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality, by choosing to work in India for a semester with an organization serving the needs of young orphaned children.

She explored study in a different culture last semester in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She studied at Christ University in the Social Work/Sociology/Anthropology course. Her field placement was with the organization BOSCO, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working with the young orphaned boys below age 12 in the city. The paramount concern of the NGO is the growing phenomenon of street and working children in all major cities in India. The alarming pace of urbanization and the proportionately weakening fabric of social structure and policies are forcing a large number of such children into cities every day.



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