Social work

Department of Social Work: Mission Statement & Program Goals

Mission Statement 

The mission of the California State University, Department of Social Work is to prepare professional social workers to be anti-oppressive, socially just agents of change by promoting well-being in urban settings. As an advanced generalist program with a focus on urban communities, the Department will teach and create collaborative learning experiences with students.

Program Goals


Urban settings describe communities with densely populated areas and a vast array of subcultures. Utilizing a lens that espouses an intersectional, anti-racist, trauma-informed, collaborative perspective, the Department embraces a strengths-based inclusive identity, emphasized by the shared experiences of community, culture, and location.


We will: 

  • Demonstrate and apply an intersectionality, power, and privilege lens to address social, political, and systemic change.
  • Empower and be relevant to the diverse needs of the multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural San Fernando Valley and its surrounding communities.
  • Advocate for an equitable and socially just society.
  • Develop critical consciousness through research, practice, and trauma-informed knowledge, values, and skills.