Mission and Goals


Rooted in core social work values, we educate generalist social work practitioners to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, emphasizing the diversity and uniqueness of rural Alaska, as it interconnects with our global society.  We are committed to creating a community of critical thinkers dedicated to becoming competent, culturally grounded, and environmentally conscious professionals engaged in lifelong learning and research that honors diverse ways of knowing. 


The goals of the UAF BASW program are to prepare students

1. for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

2. to integrate the values and ethics of the social work profession into generalist practice and to apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

3. to engage diversity in generalist practice to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.

4. to understand biopsychosocial-spiritual and cultural functioning applied across all client systems.

5. to conduct research and scholarship, with an emphasis on the circumpolar North that contributes to individual and community well-being.

6. to become global citizens who advocate for and promote environmental sustainability.