Our Decision to Be Social Justice Oriented
We are committed to intentional action towards creating meaningful social change. We align firmly with our core value of advocacy and our professions' ethical standards. Similar to most institutions, we want to acknowledge that our profession has harmed populations due institutional discrimination, and we want to actively work towards dismantling unjust power structures and systemic oppression through accountable actions. In the Social Work Code of Ethics, one of the ethical principles is to challenge social injustice:
"Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers' social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people."
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