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Mission Statement

The mission of Jane Addams College of Social Work is to educate students to the level of professional social worker, advance knowledge in the field and provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies and services on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, racial and ethnic minorities, and other at-risk urban populations. 

The College will fulfill this mission by: 

  • Providing excellent academic programs to prepare competent and effective social work professionals who are committed to practice that includes services to the poor and oppressed and who work to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination.
  • Increasing the cultural and racial diversity of the student body, faculty, and staff and infusing a multicultural perspective throughout the college.  
  • Conducting organized programs of research that advance knowledge about pressing urban social conditions and human needs in order to help generate effective social policies, programs, and services.  
  • Working in partnership with individuals, communities, and organizations to promote social and economic justice and improve the quality and effectiveness of social programs and services.  
  • Developing a sound financial resource base, which includes state of Illinois funding consistent with student enrollment and graduate program requirements, and flexible funding to support new initiatives, faculty development, and student financial assistance.  
  • Providing a work and study environment that is intellectually stimulating and physically attractive and supports the achievement of personal development and organizational goals.