Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University of Alabama School of Social Work affirms its commitment to affecting an inclusive and equitable work and educational environment that allows diversity to thrive for persons regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status/nation of origin, political belief, religion, or ability status. Within this commitment is an intentionality to operationalize the frameworks of anti-oppression and social justice so that we are accountable to ourselves, each other, the profession, our students, the School, and the community. We recognize that the university environment is comprised of persons who are multifaceted in their social identities and perspectives. We are committed to cultivating constructive environments within which we resolve to engage each other with empathy, openness, and respect. We are also committed to conversations and actions that hold people and systems accountable.  Recognizing the profession’s values of dignity and worth of the person and the importance of human relationships, UASSW will use a restorative and healing approach.  By upholding our commitment to anti-racism and social justice within our teaching, research, scholarship and service, we empower students to advance equity and justice in all domains of practice, thereby improving social, political, economic, environmental, and health outcomes in partnership with the communities our profession serves.

Shayla Smith, LMSW Stsmith7@ua.edu Little Hall Room 2012 205-348-4529

Shayla Smith

Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer Statement:

Social justice is an integral part of our school’s commitment to operating within the ethical values that are foundational to social work. I’m so excited our school has invested in a dedicated position that supports policies, procedures, and programing to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion remains fully embedded within the culture of the program. I am honored to highlight how our diverse faculty and staff continue to foster safe, inclusive environments and create opportunities to strengthen diversity and cultural awareness.

Shayla Smith, LMSW


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