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Director's Welcome

"Welcome to the University of Washington Tacoma’s Social Work and Criminal Justice Program! Whether you are pursuing a BASW, MSW or BA in Criminal Justice, you will find excellent opportunities for academic and professional growth. Our accomplished faculty and staff are invested in your success."

Diane Young, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director and Associate Professor

Affirming Social Justice

The social work and criminal justice faculty and staff are committed to social justice as the foundation for engaging with our students, one another, and the communities we serve.

This commitment is reflected in our core values, which include:

  1. Empowering individuals as change agents;
  2. Reducing systemic and societal barriers that impede individuals from achieving their full potential;
  3. Fostering a community that promotes critical self-reflection, discovery, and action;
  4. Engaging micro and macro practice to advocate and achieve a more compassionate and equitable society.

Committed to Our Community

The Social Work and Criminal Justice Program has strong ties to the South Puget Sound community: our graduate and undergraduate students complete local internships and practicum placements; our faculty conducts collaborative research with partners in our community; and our alumni are actively involved in service and helping professions largely in the South Puget Sound region.

► Learn more about community engagement and endowment opportunities.

Giving Opportunities

Visit the University of Washington Foundation to learn more about needs, find opportunities, and make a gift.

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Degree Programs

UW Tacoma's MSW and BASW programs and UW Seattle's School of Social Work are jointly accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

SWCJ Events

To request disability accommodation, including American Sign Language interpretation, contact the Disability Resources for Students office at 253-692-4508, drsuwt@uw.edu or submit a request at www.tacoma.uw.edu/UWTDRS/eventaccess.  The University of Washington Tacoma makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

SWCJ News

Bearing Witness

Water tower in Dilley, Texas
May 23, 2019
UW Tacoma Professor Marian Harris and graduate student Zea Mendoza recently spent a week helping asylum seekers held at the South Texas Family Residen...
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Something to Offer

UW Tacoma senior Augustine Canales
May 9, 2019
As a kid, Augustine Canales didn't want to be anything. The UW Tacoma senior is now a teacher, student, father and soon to be college graduate.
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The UW Tacoma Six

April 16, 2019
Meet the six UW Tacoma scholars who are part of the 2019 Husky 100. These intrepid students are making the most of their time at UW.
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