In alignment with the overarching missions and goals of the School of Social Work, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) is charged with providing strategic leadership, supporting the DEI efforts of units across the School of Social Work, DEI programming and initiative and promoting accountability.

Book Lending Initiative – Free Textbooks Available for MSW Students

In alignment with the School’s equity and inclusion goals, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) will pilot a book lending program in Fall 2022 that provides free textbooks to MSW students.

Research shows that finances is a major barrier for college students and specifically for students who hold marginalized identities. By supporting students with free textbooks, the ODEI hopes to help address this barrier and ultimately improve retention. This pilot program is opened to all MSW students wishing to obtain textbooks at SSW.

Registration for the Book Lending Program for the Fall semester will begin on August 8, 2022. To learn more about the Book Lending Initiative and how to register, please click here

What We Do

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DEI Programs and Initiatives

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DEI Resources


Strategic Leadership ODEI provides strategic leadership and expertise and supports the efforts of units across the school to achieve their diversity, equity and inclusion goals. CLICK HERE to see our strategic goals and priorities for the upcoming year.
DEI Programs and Initiatives ODEI collaborates with unit across the school to develop student, faculty and staff programs and initiatives focused on social justice, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, racial healing, and culturally humble conduct.
DEI Training and Consultation ODEI provides training and consultation to units across SSW on diversity, equity and inclusion related matters.
Accountability, Data and Assessment ODEI collects and analyzes data to ensure accountability on strategic priorities as well as to evaluate DEI trends and needs


Our strategic opportunities include: community engagement, training, accountability, equity & access, data collection


DEI Statement & Guiding Principles

Social Work holds a longstanding value of upholding and working toward social justice for all peoples. We are a welcoming community working for social justice on campus and in the world. We must examine racism and other forms of oppression beyond the actions of individuals, for it is embedded in the very fabric of our society.

We acknowledge that racism and many forms of oppression exists . As we move towards being an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization, we vow to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms oppression and interrogate how the impact(s) they have on our organization, its systems, and its people. We will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process.

We are resolved to explicitly and publicly affirm our transformation into an anti-racist and anti-oppressive academic department.

We are resolved that our commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression be reflected in the life and culture of the department through our policies, programs and practices as we continue to learn about racism. 

We resolve to develop and work to implement strategies that dismantle racism and oppression within all aspects of our department, college, university, and society.

Key DEI Definitions

Diversity: Includes all the ways in which people

differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, it also includes age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance.

It also includes diversity of thought: ideas, perspectives, and values.

Equity: Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.  “The route to achieving equity will not be accomplished through treating everyone equally. It will be achieved by treating everyone justly according to their circumstances.”—Paula Dressel, Race Matters Institute

Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. It’s important to note that a diverse group isn’t always inclusive. We cannot assume that simply because we feel all are welcome that everyone feels welcomed.


Anti-Racism:  The work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism tends to be an individualized approach, and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts.