In keeping with the Liberal Arts focus and Franciscan Traditions of Siena College, and the values of our profession, our mission is:
- To prepare baccalaureate students for effective generalist social work practice, equipped with the requisite professional knowledge, values, ethics, and skills.
- To foster dynamic interactions and a healthy exchange of ideas within the Program, College, and broader community.
- To facilitate critical thinking augmented with the creativity and natural curiosity of our students.
- To promote conditions which encourage respect for human diversity.
- To foster a commitment to social and economic justice, and provide students with strategies to eliminate human oppression, economic deprivation, and discrimination, and to become leaders in creating a just world.
Upon completion of the Social Work Program, students will gain the knowledge, values, and skills:
- To master the 10 competencies and 41 practice behaviors specified by CSWE's 2008 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
- To engage in evidence-based practice in a diversity affirming and culturally competent manner.
- To advocate for social and economic justice through participation in social action.
- To acquire a strong professional identity through ongoing self-reflection, and a lifetime commitment to professional development.