School of Social Work

  • Two women walking with a sign that says "no tax dollars for sweatshops!"
  • Two students helping to build a house.
  • Male student holding award with male professor.

The Western Michigan University School of Social Work is a research-driven professional program that works closely with students and the community, focusing on social change, social justice and service transformation. Its programs stress the need to:

  • Recognize and fight discrimination in its many forms.
  • Speak out against injustice.
  • Promote human rights and a more equitable distribution of resources and power.

The school seeks to create a learning environment that is responsive to students' professional development, promoting community and a sense of individual and collective responsibility among and between students. Meaningful interaction among students, faculty and field instructors supports self-examination, expression and innovation.

News and announcements

Both Sides of the Fence

School supporters come together to celebrate social work
On Friday, May 2, a mix of 30 School of Social Work alumni, supporters, advisory board members, faculty, emeriti and staff gathered in the Health and Human Services Building first floor atrium for a Spring Celebration of Social Work. The purpose of the event was to begin to establish and strengthen relationships among the many constituents that comprise the school’s support base.

Photo of Barbara BartonSocial work professor selected for service learning award
WMU School of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Barbara Barton has been selected by the Michigan Campus Compact to receive the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. 

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