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.
We are all well-aware of the additional challenges facing us in the current moment. The pandemic has resulted in unspeakable suffering and loss of life, economic challenges, and struggles related to remote teaching and learning. The ongoing fight for racial justice has invigorated grassroots movements across the U.S. and globally. We strongly believe that our School, with its integration of social work and criminal justice, is poised to make meaningful and lasting impact in our communities through our students, staff, and faculty. We affirm our commitment to racial and social justice and to supporting one another with understanding and kindness.
As acting deans, 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 community. Stay safe and stay well.
Acting DeanMarcie Lazzari, Ph.D., ACSW, MSW
Acting Associate Dean of Finance and OperationsJeffrey Cohen, Ph.D.
education of effective social work leaders, practitioners and educators who will challenge injustice and promote a more humane society, and whose actions will be guided by vision, compassion, knowledge and disciplined discovery, and deep respect for cultural diversity and human strengths;
research that engenders understanding of complex social problems, illuminates human capacities for problem-solving, and promotes effective and timely social intervention; and
public service that enhances the health, well-being and empowerment of disadvantaged communities and populations at local, national and international levels.
We embrace our position of leadership in the field of social work and join in partnership with others in society committed to solving human problems in the twenty-first century.
Additionally, the School of Social Work and Criminal Justice shares the mission of the University of Washington Tacoma.
The University of Washington Tacoma educates diverse learners and transforms communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery.
Finally, the Social Work program commits itself to providing access to social work education to residents of the south Puget Sound region. (Program goal emanating from UW Tacoma's defining characteristics and guiding principles.)
Academic Program Review
Thanks to all who participated in our University of Washington Academic Program Review and took the time to meet with the External Review Committee in late January of 2016. The Review Committee’s final report, with recommendations, is available at the link below. The Review Committee was very positive about our faculty, staff, program, and, above all, students. Congratulations!