About Us

The social work program was first started at the University of Michigan-Flint in the Fall of 1973 with a course taught by a single faculty member with a dual appointment in social work and criminal justice. Since these humble beginnings, the UM-Flint Social Work Program has grown to become a primere CSWE accredited BSW program that has trained hundreds of social workers, many who continue to work in the Flint community. Situated in the heart of east-central Michigan, the UM-Flint Social Work program provides students with unique community engagement opportunities that cross between metropolitan and rural areas. 

Social Work Department Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan-Flint Social Work Program is designed to promote community well-being.  Our generalist program is guided by: a culture of inclusively, a commitment to ongoing critical reflection that positively transforms our roles and relationships with diverse communities, and excellence informed by diverse voices addressing suffering and injustices so that all humans are treated with dignity and respect. 

Our program prepares students to recognize and effectively intervene in structures of injustice that are reproduced in everyday lives.  Through dynamic educational experiences our program ignites student's capacity for advancing social and economic justice while recognizing the interconnectedness of social issues locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Updated 8/19/2014 

Social Work Department Goals