At a Glance
The Mission of the Garland School of Social Work
The mission of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University is to prepare social workers in a Christian context for worldwide service and leadership.
The Vision of the Garland School of Social Work
The faculty and staff of the Garland School of Social Work are committed to valuing humanity, engaging spirituality and promoting equity through our teaching, research, and service.
The Goals of the Garland School of Social Work
1. To produce alumni who are:
- Influencing (through service and leadership) the social welfare of people, families and communities globally.
- Ethically integrating religious faith with social work practice.
- Culturally responsive and competent.
- Effective in creating healthy organizations.
2. To produce research by the school and its alumni that:
- Provides resources and models for excellence in professional social work practice that contribute to social justice and the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
- Provides resources and models that are respectful, faithful, and effective for communities of faith and religiously-affiliated organizations.
Our 10th Competency
Social work—particularly social work education at Baylor—recognizes diverse expressions of faith and seeks to honor the role of spirituality as part of what wholistically shapes a person, their family and community. Perhaps you are interested in social work because of the way your faith has motivated you or others? As part of our program, students learn about the influence of these beliefs and values in the profession. We call this our 10th competency. The Council on Social Work Education requires nine competencies as part of our accreditation, but the GSSW has a 10th.