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. 

Social Justice Statement

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

  • Tam Q. Dinh, PhD, LICSW

    Director, Master of Social Work


  • Amelia Seraphia Derr, MSW, PhD

    Amelia Seraphia Derr, MSW, PhD

    Chair, Social Work

    Director, Bachelor of Social Work

    Associate Professor, Social Work



  • Gabriela A. Hyre, MSW

    Field Director, Social Work

    Assistant Clinical Professor, Social Work

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Faculty Reading List

Check out our Seattle U Social Work Faculty Reading List; each selection has impacted our faculty members in their social work careers.