Social Work Program Mission and Goals
The Union College Social Work Program educates and empowers competent social workers in a Christian Seventh-day Adventist context for global service and leadership. Grounded in a liberal arts foundation, graduates demonstrate the ethical integration of faith and social work practice to promote social work values. Union College Social Work graduates are prepared for entry-level generalist practice and graduate school through the demonstration of competency to promote human and community well-being.
Students graduating from the Union College Social Work program:
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior with integrity and respect for human relationships.
- Engage diversity and differences in practice as God loves all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, class, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious belief, and ability.
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice with dignity and respect for God’s creation.
- Engage in practice-informed research, research-informed practice, and policy practice influencing through Christian servant leadership the enhancement of the quality of life for all.
- Apply a strengths-based generalist model to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to promote healing and compassion for those in need.