A Message from the School of Social Work
As a country and a profession we have been engaged in a national discussion stemming from accusations about sexual assault against women. Based on current reports, these acts involved egregious disregard of the human rights and dignity of women. The national outcry spoke to the fact that sexual abuse and assault—in all forms—is an affront to all Americans, not just the victims.
The School of Social Work in the J. Williams Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences stands with the National Association of Social Workers stating its unconditional support of those who call for policies, laws, and a national consensus to end the culture of sexual predatory behaviors. Women and girls from all social, cultural, and income groups are subject to specific forms of physical, sexual, and psychological violence because of their gender. One in 5 women will be raped at some point in their lives. Nearly 50% of multiracial women and 45% of Indian/Alaskan Native women report sexual violence against them at some point in their life. NASW and the social work profession have always been at the forefront for the fight for human rights, which has included addressing inequities and violent acts against women.
It is important that we remember that such debasement of women occurs all too frequently in this country and in the world. We also must recognize that sexual harassment, sexual assault, and related violence against women happens in the workplace, in government agencies, in the military, in educational institutions, and in nearly every setting where men maintain positions of power over women. The motivation for perpetrators of sexual harassment is a systemic pattern to assert control.
The School stands with NASW and reaffirms its long held human and civil rights values that demand full commitment to eliminating all forms of sexual harassment, sexual assaults, and the use of power to coerce women into unwanted and unsolicited sexual contact. We will remain active in promoting women’s rights to safety.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault and need assistance these resources are available to you in the Northwest Arkansas area:
Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter
Crisis Hotline Answered 24 hours a day or 1-800-775-9011 or 479-246-9999
Northwest Arkansas Center for Sexual Assault
24 hour hotline 479-927-1020 or 1-800-794-4175
University of Arkansas Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
 Adapted from NASW News Release “Legislation, policies needed to prevent and end culture of sexual harassment, violence”
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The Baccalaureate degree in Social Work has been offered at the University of Arkansas since 1940. The School has one of the oldest undergraduate social work programs in the United States. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The undergraduate program has two primary education goals:
- preparation for culturally competent, empirically based, multi-system, beginning level
professional generalist practice across the life course
- the preparation of students for continuing their professional growth and development after graduation.
In order to achieve its basic purposes, the faculty, students, staff, and agency field instructors are involved in a variety of teaching, research, and outreach activities that involve them in the life of the university, communities around the state, and at the national level.
The mission of the University of Arkansas MSW program is to use the body of knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to:
- develop new social work knowledge through the conduct of research in the spirit of
scientific inquiry and the use of new technologies, especially in the area of poverty
- educate competent and effective advanced leader/practitioners committed to fundamental
social work values including service, social justice, integrity, the dignity and worth
of every person, competence and human rights
- apply research findings in outreach efforts through service and leadership in the development of social service delivery systems to improve the quality of life of poor and other vulnerable persons, families, groups, organizations and communities in Arkansas, nationally, and globally.