Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

Coming Together to Enact Change

From the classroom to work in the communities, we train students to use evidence-based social work practice to enact social change and promote the values at the heart of our discipline: equity, justice, and inclusion.

Our steadfast commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion is reflected in our strategic plan: As we move into the future, we’re dedicated to reexamining and revising our curriculum to include diverse voices and perspectives. We will create more opportunities for students and faculty who are members of historically underrepresented and disadvantaged communities. And we will endeavor to continuously cultivate an inclusive culture that ensures each member of our community enjoys equitable access to facilities, programs, resources, and services.

Our trainings and programming complement students’ educational experiences and provide opportunities for continued learning for all members of the BCSSW community through traditions like the Diversity Event on Field Education Day, the Annual Diversity Lecture and Alumni Awards, the Black History Month Lecture, and the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture.


Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, hosted by the Office of the Provost, is a dialogue-centered initiative on racism and privilege designed to address racial healing, equity, and justice. 

The program was created on the principle that racism impacts all of us. We recognize that understanding, interrupting, and dismantling internal and external racism is lifelong work and cannot just be achieved by a series of seminars, but we believe that engagement with people across various lines of difference is an essential element of this work. As we come to know one another, we will recognize the inherent dignity within each of us, find common ground, and learn from one another in a trusting, authentic community.


Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series

The Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series brings changemakers to campus to speak about pressing topics within the field. The series honors Professor Emerita Elaine Pinderhughes, whose vision and mentorship has long inspired students to advocate for social progress.


Pam Cross, Elaine Pinderhughes, and Ruth McRoy at the 2017 event

Keynote speaker Pam Cross, Professor Emerita Elaine Pinderhughes, and Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work Ruth McRoy at the 2017 event.