Mission and Values


The School of Social Work envisions a just and equitable world in which diverse individuals, families, and communities thrive.


The mission of the School of Social Work at San José State University is to prepare social work professionals for effective, ethical practice and leadership from a trans-cultural perspective with diverse individuals, families and communities.

In the service of this mission, the school is active in scholarship and professional leadership endeavors that advance the field of social work and respond to the emerging needs of diverse communities. The trans-cultural perspective is infused throughout the curriculum, informs faculty scholarship and reflects an enduring commitment to advocating for social justice, honoring the strengths of diverse cultures, and enhancing the well being of individuals and communities.

To learn more about the trans-cultural perspective, please see our video below:


The School of Social Work is committed to core social work values: service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry.

Scholarship and Learning

The academic freedom of faculty and students is vital to the role of promoting life-long learning and intellectual inquiry through research, scholarship, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Student and Faculty/Staff Success

The school  places the highest priority on ensuring the academic success and personal growth of the San Jose State University community.


The highest standards are held in support of continual improvement and innovation in all that the school does.


All individuals are held  accountable for their behavior; including being honest and fair in all their work and interactions.


Diversity, inclusion, civility and individual uniqueness are respected. The School recognizes the strengths that these factors bring to the learning environment. 


Collaborative relationships within and beyond the campus are valued in order to realize the mission of the School.