Diversity, Inclusion 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

In everything we do, we reflect an equitable and inclusive learning and working community that values the diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and sociocultural communities we serve.

We have a strong commitment to recruiting and nurturing students, faculty and staff who represent diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

Justice for Greater Social Good

We pride ourself 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:

  • 10/18/21
    Our Racial Justice Network is a cooperative, pluralist approach to cultivating racial equity in our school’s academic programs, research agendas, administrative policies and informal culture.
  • 10/20/20
    The horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of members of the Minneapolis Police Department comes on the heels of so many deaths of Black people and other People of Color by law enforcement, as well as through other racist violence. These acts need to be named for what they areviolations of globally accepted human rights, such as the right to life, human dignity, and freedom from violence and discrimination. They are rooted in systems of structural racism and unequal access to social and economic rights and protections that disproportionately affects the health, safety, and economic security of communities of color.
  • 12/23/19
    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.
  • 12/23/19
    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.
  • 12/23/19
    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.
  • 12/23/19
    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.
  • 12/23/19
    Our School of Social Work frequently partners with organizations in the community as part of our work to educate students, develop knowledge, and enhance the wellbeing of society. There are times when some of our partners or potential partners operate from a value stance that differs from that of the social work profession. In order to guide thoughtful decisions about our partnerships, a group of faculty and staff members were charged with developing a set of principles for decision-making around community partnerships. The following statement was subsequently passed unanimously by the Faculty Council on November 14, 2019.

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 2020.

Race & Ethnicity

These pie charts show the following racial and ethnic breakdown of students, faculty and staff. Students: 70% of students in the UB School of Social Work are White, 14% are Black or African American, 9% are Unknown, 2% are Hispanic or Latino/a, 3% are Asian, 1% are Native American, American Indian, or Alaska Native and 1% are Other. Faculty: 67% of faculty are White, 15% of faculty are Asian, 9% are Black or African-American, 3% are Native American, American Indian, or Alaska Native, and 3% are two or more races. The remaining classes (Other and Unknown) represent 0% of faculty. Staff: 87% of staff are White, 9% are Black or African American and 4% are Native American, American Indian, or Alaska Native. (Other and Unknown categories represent 0% of staff.

Race/Ethnicity breakdown of UB School of Social Work student body, faculty and staff as of fall 2020.


These pie charts shows the gender breakdown of UB School of Social Work's student body, faculty and staff. Students: 88% of students are female; 12% are male. Faculty: 76% are female; 24% are male. Staff: 83% are female; 17% are male.

Gender breakdown of UB School of Social Work's student body, faculty and staff as of fall 2020.