A strong, unified social work community leading Minnesota to a just and equitable society.
To support, inspire, and equip a diverse and inclusive membership of social workers across Minnesota.
1. Being Member-Driven
Decision-making for our Chapter is driven by our members – through our volunteer Board, Committees and Workgroups. We seek to make the best use of our resources by focusing our services on the needs of our members. To inform our work, we will continuously seek feedback from our members through multiple means.
We welcome, respect, and celebrate the different identities, experiences, and opinions within our membership, profession, and communities. We strive to be responsive to and learn from the variety of experiences related to diverse identity characteristics, including but not limited to age, class, gender identity, race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and disability; and recognizing how intersectionality among these identities may encompass overlapping systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
We act to cultivate authentic and empowered participation and a true sense of belonging, enabling chances for effectiveness and success through full participation, listening, and crediting contributions.
4. Equity & Justice
We persist in efforts to recognize, confront and dismantle structures of white supremacy, systemic racism, settler-colonialism, heteronormativity, and other historical, cultural and institutional structures that routinely advantage privileged groups in society and result in chronic, cumulative disadvantage for others. We pursue systematic fair treatment of all people that results in equitable opportunities for engagement, representation in organizational development and decision-making processes, and equitable outcomes for everyone. We demonstrate these commitments through policy advocacy, legislative action, program practices, and our striving to decolonize social work practice.