To prepare MSW graduates for advanced professional practice at local, national and international levels for the solution of human problems and to become leaders in their communities; and to prepare doctoral graduates for research, the professoriate, and leadership in the global community. We are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge through discovery, research, partnerships, innovative practices, and other scholarly educational endeavors of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Graduates of the master's and doctoral degree programs are expected to become architects of liberating structures in culturally diverse families and communities that are empowered to serve the best interests of all of their members.
The mission of Howard University School of Social Work is congruent with the mission of the University.
To enhance human well-being and transform those human, organizational, social and economic conditions which impact African Americans, Africans in the Diaspora, other people of color, and the global community.
Our vision and mission are guided by the core values of the university and the profession. These core values are embedded in our curricula. They include an appreciation of scientific knowledge generated by research, sensitivity to the inequities derived from systemic and institutional societal arrangements, respect for the history and achievements of people of all colors, a desire for social justice and a commitment to the transformation of oppressive conditions that serve as barriers to the realization of growth and development of persons within societies.
The Black Perspective: Our Guiding Philosophy
The core values reflect the Black Perspective, the guiding philosophy of the School of Social Work. The Black Perspective has been a part of the inception of the school and later evolved to include a focus on health and well-being and socio-cultural dynamics to be addressed in practice. The formalization of the Black Perspective occurred in the 1970s. It reaffirms the richness, productivity and vigor of the lives of African Americans, Africans, and people of color and marginalized and oppressed people in other parts of the world and emphasizes the delineation of ways in which the strengths of African Americans can be used to respond to oppressive and discriminatory systems. Additionally, the Black Perspective calls for sensitivity to the experiences of all oppressed and underserved groups and embraces an international dimension with special emphasis on Africa and Caribbean. Thus, while our students are uniquely prepared to engage and work with diverse Black populations, they are equally readied to work with all other populations, particularly those that have experienced oppression and discrimination.