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Message from the IUPUI BSW Director, Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty

Welcome to the IU School of Social Work!

More specifically, welcome to the Bachelors in Social Work Program on the Indianapolis Campus (IUPUI). We know you have varied options in the pursuit of your education. We are excited you have chosen us.

Because of your decision to come here, you get to explore the world through the eyes of nationally renowned scholars, practicing practitioners, and community engaged and research focused faculty. Your classroom experiences are no different.  On a centrally located urban university campus named nationally for service learning and civic engagement, social work students are constantly engaged in learning, dialogue, group work, and service with diverse student colleagues and the community. These opportunities aid in fostering competency for employment, internships, and activism in policy, practice, research, service, and advocacy for individuals, groups, families, and communities locally and internationally.

We are confident in your ability to succeed and pride our success not only on grades and completion rates but also on your exposure to the Principles of Undergraduate Education here at IUPUI and on Social Work defined competencies. The competencies guided by the Council on Social Work Education, outlined below, have been adopted as the BSW Student Learning Outcomes. 

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  11. Assess with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  12. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  13. Evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

The BSW Program’s Educational Outcomes are derived from the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) competencies as articulated in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards document (CSWE, 2008). The BSW Program is evaluated based upon students demonstrating, at the point of graduation, the ability to meet the thirteen competencies. Practice behaviors were identified for each competency, totaling 41 points of assessment.

Your success and competence as a student social worker is important to us and every effort has been made for your success. We know academic aptitude, hard work and persistence makes the outcome of a social work degree possible. However, we also know that financial resources, family, spousal, and academic support alongside faculty, staff, and university resources are also needed for successful outcomes. As such we pride ourselves on being a student-focused Program and value your input, participation, and engagement. We expect that with support, such a focus will encourage students to be active and engage in their own academic, professional, and social success while here.

Come explore that dream of wanting to help others, make a difference, or change the world. We are ready to meet and discuss with you whenever you are ready. Thank you for choosing social work and enrolling at IUPUI to pursue a degree in the IU School of Social Work.

Best Regards for all your success,

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, PhD
Director of BSW Program & Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Social Work
902 West New York Street, ES 4138K
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5156
Tel: 317-274-3965
Fax: 317-274-8630