Welcome to the School of Social Work!
In 1969 our country was experiencing many changes. Some changes represented our best hopes for justice and peace. Others sought to dismantle the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow and other oppressions of our common humanity. In this ferment, the Temple University School of Social Work has its beginning. Twenty years later, I came to Temple for my own social work education. Now, I welcome you to our home on the web, where I hope you will find opportunities to shape your own work toward making a better world.
The School of Social Work is an integral part of Temple´s College of Health Professions and Social Work. As such, we share an organizational home with other professions who seek healing and opportunities to bolster human capacities. All elements of the College provide a unique professional focus on a common aim of improving quality of life.
The School of Social Work fulfills its mission of building social and economic justice through teaching, research and service. Each of these activities is important and interdependent on the other two. We believe that being part of such a dynamic environment is the best setting for professional education among adults who are working or seeking to work in the profession. Whether they serve in child welfare or aging, administer agencies or are community organizers, our graduates inhabit environments where success depends on thinking critically and acting with conviction. And they are fully equipped to do that, to the benefit of their clients, the institutions for which they work, and their communities.
Whether you seek information about our degree programs, research, field placement, international study, faculty, alumni resources, upcoming events at the School and College, or making a gift, we welcome you. Details on all of these topics are available throughout the website, or by contacting us directly: email@example.com Main phone: 215-204-8623.
A lot has changed since 1969. Nations and communities face new challenges related to global threats to our environment and security. We continue to advance in civil rights based on ethnicity, disability, and GLBT identity. We also have far to go to fulfill universal aspirations for inclusion. We face current challenges relating to immigration, health care reform, HIV/AIDS, and the legacies of high incarceration rates and the intensive criminalization of addiction. As always, we face the pernicious interaction of poverty with any of these concerns. If you are up for these challenges, then we stand ready to face them with you.
Thanks for your interest in the Temple University School of Social Work. I hope we can join together in hoping for new possibilities in the years to come.
Jeffrey Draine, (Temple MSW, 1990)
Chair, School of Social Work