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Mission & Outcomes, Bachelor of Social Work

Student Testimonial

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Tiffany Walker '11

Why did Tiffany Walker choose Widener University? Walker was a social work major at Widener University and a member of the class of 2011. She took advantage of study abroad opportunities and is excited to pursue international social work. Hear her story on why Widener was the right choice. View Tiffany's video.


Program Highlight

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Students Support Healthcare Enrollment

Senior-level students in Dr. Marina Barnett’s organizational practice course and doctoral students in her policy course became certified as a part of their coursework to assist ChesPenn Health Services with healthcare enrollment.

Program Highlight

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Food Scarcity Mapping

Widener’s Center for Social Work Education created Global Information Systems (GIS) maps documenting the shortage of food in certain Chester neighborhoods and planned ways to fill the void. Read more on page 6 of the 2011 edition of Widener Magazine.

Center for Social Work Education BSW Mission

“Building Relationships. Changing Lives” 


As a social work program within a metropolitan university committed to civic engagement and community service, the mission of the Widener University’s BSW program is to prepare culturally competent generalist 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 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 diverse faculty members 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.


The BSW program goals flow from the mission:

  • To prepare generalist social workers who can effectively deliver culturally competent, strengths-based social work services to individuals, families, and groups from diverse client populations
  • To create a nurturing and supportive learning environment that inspires students to be advocates for social change and a more just and equitable society
  • To have faculty and students actively involved in community partnerships and civic engagement activities that promotes the well-being of disadvantaged populations and communities
  • To have faculty and students participate in the development and dissemination of knowledge for the profession


The BSW program mission and goals are also based upon the following themes:

  • Agency-based generalist practice with diverse populations
  • Social justice
  • Community partnerships and civic engagements
  • Working with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations
  • Contributing to the knowledge base of the profession


At Widener’s Center for Social Work Education, we are constantly striving to improve. This requires assessing how we’re doing—both with our students and our community. We use this information—exit surveys, student focus groups, designated benchmark assignments, and alumni interviews—to assess how to continuously improve student learning outcomes and professional development. This involves curricular analysis and improvement, innovative and experiential pedagogy, and competency-based education.
All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes.