Welcome: Heidi Updike and Sarah Pilgrim
Please join us in welcoming one new staff member and one new faculty member who started this fall.
Heidi Updike (on the left) has been with the University of Missouri System for many years. Most recently, Heidi was the Administrative Assistant for the Philosophy Department and came to us when Philosophy and Criminal Justice merged administrative assistant duties. Trivia Question: Who was the UMKC School of Social Work's original administrative assistant? Heidi Updike. Welcome back, Heidi!
Sarah Pilgrim (on the right) started with UMKC this semester as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Sarah has taught in Social Work programs in North Carolina and Kansas State. Sarah loves teaching and has a special interest in supporting student veterans.
Welcome Aboard Heidi and Sarah!
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UMKC School of Social Work will become a model urban, professional school recognized for its partnership within diverse communities to effectively collaborate and sustain a safe, more economically secure, and socially just quality of life.
To prepare competent, advanced generalist social work practitioners to meet the needs of multi-cultural diverse populations in a dynamic mid-western metropolitan context; to be culturally proficient, ethical leaders and service providers engaged in knowledge-driven, inter-professional, multi-systemic, community-based practice; who advocate for social and economic justice, enhance human wellbeing, and support individuals’ capacity to address their own needs.
- To prepare culturally proficient advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to provide human services for diverse populations.
- To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to engage in interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, and critical thinking.
- To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to develop and implement multi-systemic, multi-level evidence-based practices.
- To prepare advanced generalist social workers that understand and identify with the social work profession and are committed to upholding the values and ethics of the profession that serve to guide professional practice.
- To prepare advanced generalist social workers to advocate for social and economic justice through collaboration with multi-cultural diverse communities.
Social Work Values
Social work’s core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.
Social Work Mission and Purpose
The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual wellbeing in a social context and the wellbeing of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.
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