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Vision, Mission and Values


To lead towards a better society, through social work education, research and practice


The mission of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto has an international perspective that is influenced by its position within one of the top universities in North America located in a global metropolis. As such, the Faculty is
committed to:

1. Educating and developing professionals who have the capacity to engage in and influence our changing world through social work practice, policy and research

2. Advancing research, practice, and policy that shapes the future of a profession that crosses national boundaries

3. Providing leadership by mobilizing knowledge that incorporates the range of expertise existing within the broader social work communities that exist internationally

4. Collaborating with our diverse partners to address social inequities at local, national and global levels


The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is aligned with social work’s commitment to social justice and to the long-standing view of individuals as linked to and influenced by their environment. We draw on the synergies of diverse perspectives that advance systemic approaches and social justice, and encourage dialogue about their applications to the practice of social work. Accordingly, our discussions, teaching and research are informed by a range of theories and perspectives that call attention to the familial, social and political context of experiences of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The diversity of ideas and perspectives informing professional work and social justice in social work is both our strength and our challenge.

  • We believe in understanding the individual in the environment; in thinking systemically; and in respecting distinct systems of beliefs and lifestyles of individuals, families, groups, communities and nations, without prejudice
  • We believe in working with multiple systems – movement in one affects others; interdependence; interconnection; overlap and intersections
  • We believe in promoting social justice
  • We believe in creativity and innovation
  • We believe in integrating research and practice
  • We believe in fostering knowledge mobilization within our community
  • We believe in creating a learning environment that is consistent with social work values
  • We believe in promoting professional, competent and ethical social work practice

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