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Our Commitment

CSU’s School of Social Work acknowledges and embraces the myriad characteristics that make each of us exceptional, within an atmosphere that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement.

The School respects, honors, and values individual differences and diverse ideas. Using a lens of intersectionality, and in alignment with the values and principles stated in the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, each person is treated with dignity, care, and respect.

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Teaching

This is a sampling of School of Social Work courses with DEIJ content.

Knowledge and skill in deconstructing one’s own identity, privilege and oppression to apply that process of understanding to a client’s unique intersecting identities creating culturally sensitive social work practices.

Historical and contemporary lives of women, children, and tribal communities.

Developing anti-oppressive practice with a focus on multiculturalism and social justice advocacy. Critically evaluate personal traits, attitudes and values regarding diversity and identity formation while exploring theoretical frameworks for understanding oppression. Analyze the relationships among power, privilege and oppression. Acquiring strategies for combating injustice.

Outreach

The Center for Lifelong Learning and Outreach Education – CLOE aims to provide research-based professional development opportunities for social workers and social service providers throughout the state of Colorado.

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Research

Our faculty are examining a wide array of social justice issues in their research.

Samantha Brown, assistant professor and director of the Parent-Child Relationships and Well-Being Lab, is principal investigator on a NICHD-funded award to examine patterns of parent-infant co-regulation of sleep and physiology in families at risk of maltreatment. The goal of this study is to advance understanding of how regulatory processes in parents and infants transact over time to impact maltreatment occurrence and child health and development. Moreover, findings from this work will provide improved targets for prevention and intervention programming for families at risk of maltreatment.

Jen Currin-McCulloch, assistant professor, through funding from The American Cancer Society, investigated factors that facilitate and hinder hope among young adults diagnosed with advanced cancers. Through her study she discovered the devastating impacts of cancer treatment on young adults’ physical, emotional, and social, and spiritual well-being. Her current work focuses on the role of a group intervention in reducing social isolation, depression, anxiety, despair, and internalized stigma.

Anne Williford, associate professor and Ph.D. program director, and Jamie Yoder, associate professor received a Spencer Foundation Small Research Grant to examine the post-high school effects of a high school-based prevention program. In collaboration with faculty from Human Development and Family Studies, the researchers will use the funding to evaluate the impact of “Sources of Strength,” a prevention program that aims to use peer social networks to change school culture. It is designed to help high school students enhance healthy coping skills, develop help-seeking habits, and form positive relationships with other youth and adults.

Combined with existing barriers to citizenship, attitudes towards immigrants can negatively impact their overall well-being, says Assistant Professor Elizabeth Kiehne. “Ambivalent attitudes toward immigrants in the U.S. have long guided immigration policy, resulting in a large and socially undervalued immigrant population that is partially integrated but not legally recognized,” said Kiehne, noting how the nation’s increase in federal immigration enforcement has led to violations of internationally recognized human rights and “core social work values.” Kiehne is leading two community-based participatory action research studies that aim to improve macro-oriented social work practice among immigrant populations in the U.S.

Get Involved

We value and encourage participation by students of diverse backgrounds in our school activities. Check out these opportunities for ways you can get involved.

Committee for Social Justice

The Committee for Social Justice is a group of faculty and student leaders who recognize the need to welcome and honor people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, while valuing intellectual curiosity and integrity. To learn more, please contact Assistant Professor Tiffany Jones.

Elevate

“Elevate” is a grant-funded mentoring program for students of color, first generation students, and Pell Grant eligible students. Our goal is to promote retention and graduation for social work students at higher risk of not completing their education. To learn more, please contact Associate Professor Anne Williford.

Queer in Action

Queer in Action seeks to create a space for students across our degree programs that is student-driven and fosters support and connection with students and faculty who identify as LGBTQ+. For more information, please contact Associate Professor Anne Williford.

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  • 37% First-Generation Students
  • 32% Racially Minoritized Students
  • 33% Pell Grant Eligible Students

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