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Standing in Solidarity

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Social workers are often tasked with responding to crisis situations, promoting social justice, and supporting the strengths and wellbeing of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Given our Code of Ethics, as social workers it is our duty to actively dismantle the oppression faced by marginalized populations with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental of physical disability. This is especially important during this time in history when activists and advocates are calling our attention to the systematic murder, disenfranchisement, and discrimination against marginalized populations. As a social work education program, we aim to promote and advocate for the liberation and wholeness of people with different marginalized identities and all their intersections. Standing in solidarity with people who are being oppressed is at the core of our profession and a starting point in all that we do. The KU School of Social Welfare, therefore, adamantly stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, all indigenous peoples, the LGBTQIA community, and all groups who face oppression and marginalization in our community, nation, and world.

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