MSW Program Mission

Building Relationships. Changing Lives.

As a social work program within a metropolitan university committed to civic engagement and community service, the mission of Widener University’s MSW Program is to prepare culturally competent clinical social workers who: are dedicated to the attainment of social and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, and communities; demonstrate care and compassion for clients from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds; hold an unwavering belief in client strengths, client empowerment and the importance of the helping relationship; and use self-reflection and critical thinking in creating purposeful interventions informed by theory and evidence, by:

  • Creating a supportive and nurturing academic environment that integrates dynamic classroom instruction and scientific inquiry with real world learning. 
  • Having a diverse faculty whose social work practice, research and community service experiences inform their teaching and inspire our students. 
  • Having students and faculty engage in community based research and community partnerships that strengthen disadvantaged individuals, families, organizations and communities while contributing to the knowledge base of the profession.