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The mission of the NASW Alaska Chapter is to advance the profession of social work, address the professional needs of a diverse membership and to facilitate change which enhances quality of life and promotes social justice.

NASW Alaska Chapter believes that:

  • Each individual has inherent value.
  • Every person has the right to live in a safe, productive environment.
  • Social workers have a responsibility to individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and society.
  • Social workers must promote self-reliance and responsibility.
  • Social work is hallmarked by professional education and practice wisdom.
  • Diverse membership strengthens our organization.

We believe that the NASW Alaska Chapter, as an organization, has the obligation to expand and improve continuing professional education and professional development, and the responsibility to:

  • Promote social justice
  • Recognize and support diversity and build on the strengths of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity
  • Promote and advance the standing of the social work profession.
  • Respond to the professional needs of our members

The Power of Social Work

members make change possible

Preserving rights.

As dedicated advocates for children’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, lesbian and gay rights, crime victims’ rights, labor rights, human rights, patients’ rights, women’s rights and many others, social workers continue to lead efforts that enhance human well-being. We shape programs and policies that strengthen individual lives and improve the society in which we live.

Strengthening voices.

Social workers also work to empower those who are frequently unheard. We open doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need. Whether we work in direct practice, administration, education and research, or policy development, professional social workers are trained to make an impact. Every day, the quality of life for millions of people is improved as they learn to use their own personal power, to build brighter futures for themselves and their families.