Social Work Department

Social Work is a professional art, based on an eclectic, scientific body of theory, incorporating practice, knowledge, and skill, and fused to specific ethics with inherent social value assumptions. The profession is oriented toward helping in the resolution of diverse individual and social problems, the provision for meeting broad human and community needs, and the enhancement of personal or social functioning. The primary goal of the social work program is to prepare students for beginning professional generalist social work practice.


social work students in front of capitol building

Social Work Students Inspired by Advocacy Event

Social work students attended the 2015 Legislative, Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD) on Nov. 11, participating in several workshops and connecting with other students and social workers from around the state.

Social work club students together

Social Work Club Emphasizes Service

Members of the University of Michigan-Flint’s Social Work Club take pride in their academic accomplishments, but stepping off campus to help with a community project is what they love to do best. The club is open to all majors.



four-person panel discussing race issues

Forum on Race and Racism Creates Valuable Dialogue

A student-driven forum on race and racism held Oct. 22 at UM-Flint’s University Center brought together social work students, faculty, social workers and interested community members for a meaningful discussion about ways that individuals can actively address race-related issues. 

Dr. Collardey

Social Work Professor Receives Peace Maker Award

Elizabeth Collardey, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Social Work and her husband Tim Collardey, M.S., a retired educator, received the 2015 Peace Maker of the Year Award from the Genesee County Committee for Community Peace during its Annual Peace Day Celebration October 3.