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Directors' Welcome

"Welcome to the University of Washington Tacoma's School of Social Work and Criminal Justice, where student success is our top priority! Whether pursuing an undergraduate degree in social welfare or criminal justice, or a graduate degree in social work, you will find excellent opportunities for academic and professional growth. Our accomplished faculty and staff are committed to your success.
As interim co-directors, we are invested in you as students and in the continued development of the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice at UW Tacoma. We are excited about our recent transition from a Program to School and look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, and administration to hire an inaugural Dean who will lead us into an exciting shared future full of opportunities.
With a shared commitment to student success and an affirmation of the social justice values that sit at the core of the School's mission, we hope to continue the development of creative cross-disciplinary initiatives for students, faculty, and staff that align with the strengths and needs of South Puget Sound communities."
-Jeffrey Cohen, Ph.D. and Marcie Lazzari, Ph.D., ACSW, MSW

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 School of Social Work and Criminal Justice 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.


Welcome to UW Tacoma

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The Husky Family

2018 UW Tacoma Commencement
June 14, 2019
The UW Tacoma Class of 2019: a passionate, tenacious and diverse group of graduates that are already out in the world making an impact. We present a s...
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Bearing Witness

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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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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

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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.

Giving Opportunities

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