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Our mission is to prepare competent, ethical, anti-oppressive social work professionals for practice with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities thereby improving quality of life in the region and beyond.

Social Work

In Social Work, the professional mission “… is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” (NASW Code of Ethics, 2021, p. 1) Wherever humans exist, social workers  interact with them in an effort to improve their well-being and meet basic needs. We view people in a holistic way that encompasses all parts of them.  These interactions may occur in the realm of art as social workers use art to bring joy or healing to others, in computer science as social workers work with coders to remove bias from artificial intelligence, or in a hospital where a social worker helps a family deal with a life-threatening diagnosis.  By bringing social justice into discussions and keeping human well-being as a focus, social workers are uniquely well suited for interprofessional collaboration which makes our profession truly distinctive among WKU’s professional programs.


Why Choose Social Work?


Tornado Relief

December 14, 2021: With the devastation of the recent, December 11th tornado, many in our WKU community are in need. WKU and many local agencies/organizations have set up various types of assistance for those impacted by the tornado, including financial help.

  • Provost Fischer shared that if you are a WKU student, faculty member, staff member, or contractor and need assistance (i.e., debris removal, temporary housing, assistance filing insurance claims, childcare, etc.) please fill out this form. No need is too small or big: https://forms.gle/7ASAa1qRM6YdZEqHA
  • WKU has established the December 11 Severe Weather Event website, where you can find regular updates on services available through the university. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce also has a website with tornado relief information. 
  • WKU OPPORTUNITY FUND: If you, or another student you know, are in need of financial assistance, please contact the Advancement Office via email: opportunityfund@wku.edu.
  • PETS: Human Society is available to help injured pets, find lost pets, report missing pets to, or board pets. Call (270) 202-9136.
  • VOLUNTEERING: If you are a member of the Topper community and you would like to assist, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/qxR1MuPABxFSoRpEA. AHEC and college volunteers are working diligently to connect Toppers with urgent needs with Toppers who can assist. WBKO has compiled a list of ways community members can provide assistance in recovery efforts. Please visit the WBKO website frequently as updates continue to be made. 
  • DONATIONS: If you would like to donate money to the WKU Social Work Department, you may do so in two ways.
    • Donate to our WKU Social Work Foundation. Fill out the information and click the “additional information” tab to note it is for Tornado Relief. Click next and provide your payment information.
    • Donate to the NADD GoFundMe account: https://gofund.me/b247062a. Thank you to NADD for setting up this account to support our community.
    • No matter how you donate, all of the funds earmarked for tornado relief will go directly to students, staff, faculty, and field agencies directly impacted by the Dec. 11 tornado. 

The WKU spirit is one of deep love and passionate pride for the rich history and tradition of Western Kentucky University, our campus, and community.  I have seen this spirit repeatedly demonstrated as we have tackled many challenges over the past few days. Together we can support each other through the recovery process.

Take care,  Social Work Administrative Team

Social Work Event Calendar 

Lunch n Learn: Inclusive Identities and Language
  • Location: DSU 2081
  • Time: 12:00pm
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Undesirables: A Queer History of Latinx Challenges to U.S. Immigration Policy
  • Location: Gary A. Ransdell Hall Auditorium
  • Time: 7:00pm
View Event
QSU Meeting
  • Location: DSU 2084
  • Time: 6:00pm
View Event


Social Work News


Research in the Department of Social Work

In order to share results from their ongoing research projects, Social Work faculty and students produce a variety of exceptional research products every year.  These include peer reviewed scholarly articles, book chapters, presentations and posters as well as textbooks, infographics, and one page research summaries.  There are many opportunities to become involved in our departmental research projects, and we encourage students to do so.


Explore Our Research


Academic Complex Building - Home of WKU Social Work
The Department of Social Work Program
  • 1906 College Heights Blvd.
    Academic Complex Room 110
    Bowling Green KY  42101
  • (270) 745-5312
  • (270) 745-6841
  • swrk@wku.edu






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 Last Modified 9/23/22