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Established in 1942, the College has a special mission to serve the needs of the state for advanced social work education. The College provides professional social work education programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate students for social work practice and doctoral level graduate students for social work leadership, research, and academia.

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

Mission Statement: 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.

Response to Acts of Racism on UT Campus
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At the end of fall semester, several incidents of hate speech promoting white supremacy occurred on our Knoxville campus. As a College of Social Work committed to the core values of our profession, we strongly reject all forms of hate speech and rhetoric that focuses on the superiority of one group over other groups. More

Upcoming Events

Spotlight on Ellen Zinkiewicz 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 -- alumuni, 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.

Ellen ZinkiewiczEllen Zinkiewicz, an alumna of the MSSW program (Nashville campus), is Director of Opportunity NOW and Youth Services for the Nashville Career Advancement Center. She is our 39th Grand Challenger, recognized for her work in addressing the goals of Grand Challenge #4, Advancing Long and Productive Lives.

Young people are increasingly disconnected from education or work, but across the lifespan, fuller engagement in education and productive activities can generate a wealth of benefits, including better health and well-being, greater financial security, and a more vital society.

Opportunity NOW is a youth employment initiative spearheaded by the office of the Mayor of Nashville, to improve the overall climate for hiring young people. This initiative supports Nashville's next generation (ages 14-24) as they develop valuable life skills and confidence needed to excel in the workplace.


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