Social Justice Focused and Community-Based Social Work

Welcome to the Social Work Department at Seattle University

The mission of the Seattle University (SU) Department of Social Work is to educate students for social justice-focused and community-based social work practice. We educate our students to challenge systemic injustice, help those in vulnerable situations, heal trauma, and strive for social change through their practices. The Department is committed to respectful engagement and collaboration with community partners in its scholarship, teaching, and service.

Leaders in social justice-focused social work education. 

Equity Lens

We define equity through these four facets: distribution, representation and recognition, process and participation, and capabilities. 

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Anti-Oppressive Analysis and Practice

An anti-oppressive curriculum examines the dynamics of power that produce economic oppression as well as inequities, discrimination, and oppression based upon identity.

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Critical Pedagogy

The department’s commitment to social justice is carried into teaching and learning; as such, educational content and process must be congruent.

Decolonizing Framework

We interrogate the continuing impact and practice of global colonialism and settler colonialism and our practice as social work educators and practitioners.

Bachelor of Social Work

One of the most dynamic, versatile, and rewarding professions in today’s world and one of the fastest growing. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects social work employment to grow faster than all other occupations between 2016 and 2022.

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Master of Social Work

Offering two pathways to your degree, the two-year MSW program and the Advanced Standing MSW designed for BSW graduates from CSWE-accredited baccalaureate social work programs.

Contact Us

  • Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD

    Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD

    Chair, Social Work
    Director, Master of Social Work

  • Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

    Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

    Director, Bachelor of Social Work

  • Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Field Director and Clinical Professor, Social Work