The School of Social Work recognizes that certain social groups are disadvantaged because of historically constructed inequalities embedded in social structures, institutions and ideological discourses. These inequalities (based on sex and gender, race and ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality, gender identity, language, class and disability) lead to differences in access to education and to unequal outcomes in terms of economic, political, social and cultural power. In keeping with the values that define the profession of social work, the School of Social Work adheres to the principle of equity; it strives to provide every person with the opportunity to develop their full potential regardless of their social group.
The School's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion encompasses the following areas:
- Recruitment, admission and retention of students;
- Teaching curriculum;
- Recruitment of administrative and faculty members;
- Internships, fieldwork placements and other community collaborations.
This commitment involves the entire School, from faculty members, administrative staff, instructors and practicum supervisors, to undergraduate and graduate students. The School of Social Work recognizes that a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion requires skill development and an ongoing effort of reflection and dialogue.
Adopted at the School of Social Work Assembly on April 16, 2019