Welcome to the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. I am pleased to welcome you to our community and share with you our mission of preparing scholars and practitioners to engage with diverse groups in ways that support a critical understanding of social responsibility and a commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion.
Recent events in Charlottesville, and in other places within and outside of the United States, challenge us as individuals and as a profession to further our efforts to stand against violence, oppression, bigotry and discrimination. As the Dean of the GSSWSR, I would like to highlight my support of a recent Bryn Mawr College statement addressing these concerns. That statement reads, in part:
“We, on behalf of the Bryn Mawr community, think it is important at this moment to affirm our commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice and to authentic exchange of views and debate. We are also mindful that Bryn Mawr is not immune to prejudice, racism, and bigotry. We will continue to carry out our mission to study and engage multiple and diverse political views. We aspire to work together as a force for positive change on our campus and in the world beyond Bryn Mawr. In doing so, we seek to foster and welcome genuine debate, not hate.”*
*Kim Cassidy, President of Bryn Mawr College, Jennifer Walters, Dean of the Undergraduate College, Sharon Burgmayer, Dean of Graduate Studies
I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff and alumni in continuing a dialogue and working to apply social work values, knowledge and skills to the challenging work ahead.
Janet Shapiro, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
Graduate School of Social work and Social Research