If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
– Marion Wright Edelman
I share these words that have been meaningful to me by way of welcoming you to the BSSW Program in Social Work here at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
In my mind, Marian Wright Edelman’s words represent the spirit of the social work profession. They prompt us to remember that we are not powerless to make change in our social environment. Indeed, as anthropologist Margaret Mead reminds us, we should “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Furthermore, we have an obligation to work to make this world a better place for individuals, families, organizations, and communities. In light of ongoing social inequalities based on race, ethnicity, class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability status, age, immigration status and beyond, it is our obligation as social workers to work to ameliorate these inequalities and enhance well-being for vulnerable populations. Social change is not magical or ineffable, but is the product of hard work that is strategic, evidence-based, and incremental. The aim of social work education is to provide us the tools to facilitate this change.
Our departmental mission is to provide an inclusive, inspiring environment for undergraduate, graduate and community education in social work, that is value driven, research informed, culturally responsive, academically rigorous and which links theory and practice. Our diverse faculty members bring a wealth of social work practice experiences into face-to-face and online classes. We have worked hard to build a BSSW program that supports students’ diverse needs, that is rigorous and intellectually challenging, and that ultimately prepares students to step into professional social work positions and create lasting change in our communities.
In my role as BSSW Program Director, my job is to support BSSW students in this program and beyond. I meet with frequently with students on topics such as:
- Discussing ideas for how to navigate challenging classroom or life situations
- Hearing your feedback on about how to improve the BSSW program
- Answering questions about Departmental or University policy
- Providing advice about professional next steps
I’m here for you as BSSW students, and I’m eager to meet each of you and do what I can to make sure you have your best possible learning experience.
With this in mind, I invite you to learn more about the BSSW Program here at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Check out the resources available here on our website. If you’re new to MSU Denver, send us a question via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (303) 615-0555. Attend an information session to learn more about our programs. Visit our Facebook page. Or come visit our offices in Central Classroom, Suite 201. I look forward to talking with you further about our BSSW Program, and beyond.
My door is open.
K Scherrer, PhD, LCSW, MA
BSSW Program Director