Mission & Purpose

DSW Mission & Purpose

We prepare students to teach and lead in the social work profession with a particular focus on teaching as social work practice.

We partner with students to prepare graduates to assume the roles of faculty to teach, develop an identity as a scholar practitioner, write for publication and other forms of dissemination, and pursue social justice through leadership in the academy and community.

School of Social Work Mission

Drawing from the Judeo-Christian traditions of social caring, we prepare students to use social work knowledge, values and skills to demonstrate the intrinsic value of all humankind as they serve those in need and promote social justice and human rights

Learn more about the School of Social Work's history and mission.

Social Work for Social Justice

Out of its firm commitment to social justice and by virtue of the Catholic mission of our sponsors,  St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work recognizes Catholic Social Teaching as a rich resource that provides a framework for strengthening the way in which we educate for justice and prepare students for competent and ethical social work practice dedicated to both service and justice.

Learn more about our Social Work for Social Justice: Ten Principles