Message from the Dean

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This year’s presidential election was a significant moment in American history, and regardless of your political beliefs, it has evoked a range of reactions, feelings and emotions.

As we continue to ponder the results and impact of this election, it is important we remember and remain committed to the principles and core values of our social work profession. We must continue to demonstrate our commitment to diversity, and inclusion, and remain sensitive to the feelings and beliefs of others.

Social work is a profession that many feel is a calling to advocate for the disadvantaged and to be a voice for those who are powerless. Our school is a microcosm of the society we serve. Therefore, I encourage everyone to be respectful of the thoughts and feelings of others.  Our classrooms must always be a learning environment that supports open dialogue, reflection, personal development and professional growth.

As we move forward, our responsibility is to practice compassionate social work and to remain committed to academic scholarship, discovery, research and education.  We are at our best when we come together to engage respectfully across the political spectrum, and support those who feel marginalized, disadvantaged or threatened. 

I look forward to working with faculty and staff to continue our primary mission of developing students who are life-long learners and leaders dedicated to challenging the present and enriching the future for everyone.

The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work will always be an inclusive, respectful and welcoming environment for everyone.


Scott D. Ryan
Dean and Jenkins Garrett Professor
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Arlington