Diversity in the Twin Cities
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located within a major metropolitan area with something
for everyone. Minnesota’s famed quality of life is a major draw for students and professionals. The
cities are home to a nationally recognized arts, music and theater community, and to several
professional sports teams. The many distinctive neighborhoods, cultures and faith communities offer
rich places for residents to discover a plethora of celebrations, ethnic dining and diverse
In recent years, a variety of rich and thriving immigrant and refugee populations have joined the more
established African American and American Indian communities in the area. This includes the largest
Somali population in the United States, the largest Hmong population outside Laos, the second-largest
Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations and one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations. The
Twin Cities is also home to one of the country’s most vibrant GLBT communities.
Historically, Minnesota is noteworthy for its progressive approaches to health and human services,
medical innovation, and public policy leadership. The region is also home to numerous Fortune 500
companies and multinational organizations.
For all these reasons and more, Minnesota is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the
Diversity and access
The School of Social Work commits itself to creating a culture of scholarship and service that welcomes
all students and responds to the populations served by our various graduates. We strive to create a
learning environment that is diverse in all aspects. Further, we use this environment to help all
students develop the sensitivity and skills necessary to work effectively in diverse communities.
Our school is housed in Peters Hall, which contains physical features that support diverse needs of
students and staff. Along with access for individuals with disabilities, the building has a
gender-neutral restroom, a room designated for personal prayer or meditation, and a room for the needs
of nursing mothers.
The School of Social Work offers a high-quality education that instills in its graduates the capability
to incorporate and apply social work values, knowledge, and skills to advanced practice; to anticipate
human needs in a rapidly changing society; to promote and offer programs and services that meet those
needs; and to use scholarly inquiry in advancing professional knowledge and improving standards of
The teaching philosophy of the School of Social Work is
- to promote a community of cooperative learning.
- to build a learning environment that continually responds to needs of the profession, the state and
- to use technology to improve teaching and learning.
- to increase access of diverse student populations.
- to promote social justice in a multicultural society.
- to provide a professional social work degree that fully complies with the standards for
professional education set by internal/external review bodies.