The Garland School of Social Work seeks to produce ethical social work practitioners committed to anti-oppressive practices and the empowerment of all people. Anti-oppressive social work is a frame we are striving to use in the Garland School to promote our work for equality, honoring the dignity and worth of all people, with a focus on underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Our approach to work for justice is informed by our Christian faith as well as our professional values and ethics. Christianity, as with the major world religions, seeks to challenge power inequities, center the lives of people who have been marginalized, and work for liberation for people who are oppressed. Our efforts to use the anti-oppressive framework are situated first in anti-racism, but take seriously an intersectional approach to justice work related to experiences of ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, religion/spirituality, age and other marginalized identities in accordance with our professional Code of Ethics.
The race focus of our work includes being actively opposed to racism in all its forms —individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural. As such, we denounce white supremacy, systemic oppression, racism, microaggression and bigotry in any form toward Black, Indigenous, Asian, and Latino(a) individuals and communities. We reject all forms of invalidation, hate, marginalization, discrimination, and violence. We strive to stand in solidarity with our BIPOC faculty, staff, and students and focus on allyship, microresistance opportunities, and collaboration to challenge these oppressive forces.
We stand committed: