Diversity and Social Justice

Portrait of Amanda Cambell Graduate of UB's School of Social Work at the Buffalo American Red Cross Headquarters.

Diversity in UB’s School of Social Work

UB’s School of Social Work has a strong commitment to recruiting and nurturing students, faculty and staff who represent diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

The demographic snapshots below summarize the gender and racial/ethnic composition of students, faculty and staff in UB’s School of Social Work as of fall 2018.

Students

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black or African-American Latino/a and Other Native American:  Am. Indian or Alaska Native Other Unknown White TOTAL
18 (3%) 60 (10%) 21 (4%) 5 (1%) 14 (2%) 31 (5%) 434 (74%) 583

Gender

Female Male TOTAL
493 (85%) 90 (15%) 583

Faculty and Staff

Race & Ethnicity

  Asian Black or African-American Latino/a and Other Native American:  American Indian or Alaska Native Other Unknown White TOTAL
Faculty 6 (9%) 4 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 25 (38%) 36
Staff 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (33%) 30
Total 6 (9%) 6 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 47 (71%) 66

Gender

  Female Male Other TOTAL
Faculty 27 (41%) 9 (14%) Unknown 36
Staff 25 (38%) 5 (8%) Unknown 30
Total 52 (79%) 14 (21%) NA 66

Justice for Greater Social Good

UB's School of Social Work prides itself on our deliberate support of a more equitable social balance. You shouldn't be surprised to see our faculty vocally expressing solidarity with or aversion to the world's most pressing societal issues. Here are a few examples:

5/7/19
Members of the faculty of the UB School of Social Work raise our voices in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and other struggles to end the dehumanization of people of color and to promote equitable and humane treatment for all people.
5/7/19
The UB School of Social Work recognizes the global scale of the refugee crisis and its impact on communities and countries around the world. We, the faculty, staff and students signed below, stand in solidarity with Syrian refugees and others fleeing conflict and unlivable circumstances.
5/7/19
We, the undersigned members of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work community, stand in solidarity with the sovereign Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies in strongly opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
5/7/19
An ongoing genocide of the Rohingya people from Myanmar’s Rakhine state has resulted in an exodus of currently stateless Rohingyas from Myanmar. More than 500,000 mostly Muslim Rohingyas have fled into Bangladesh between August and September 2017, increasing the national count of Rohingyas to 800,000. The government of Myanmar frames the violence as a crackdown on terrorists by the military. However, reports from the newly built refugee camp in Bangladesh indicate that indiscriminate violence was experienced by men, women, and children. Consistent with the literature on wars, rape was used by the Myanmar military as a weapon of war. Among women who have traveled to the camps there are signs of violent gang rape and forced pregnancies.