Social Work

Welcome to the Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work at Western Connecticut State University, in keeping with the Mission of the University, seeks to educate a diversified student body and serves as an accessible, responsive, and creative intellectual resource.

The Department of Social Work provides a quality of education that prepares informed, culturally sensitive, skilled generalist social workers, who will provide services that promote and strengthen the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and that are consistent with the values and ethics of the profession.

The program operates dynamically in the context of the broad liberal arts education and the particular social service needs of the region.  Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and provides a personalized, hands-on approach to baccalaureate social work education.

Meet the New Team!


This year, we welcome two new faculty members, Professor April Moreira and Dr. Lorraine Moya Salas. Professor Moreira is our new field coordinator, providing field placements for our students in hospitals, schools, community agencies, youth service bureaus, and many more human service settings across Connecticut and into several counties in New York. Dr. Moya Salas joins us from Arizona and has brought with her a wealth of experience in macro social work.

Fond Farewells for the Department of Social Work


The end of the academic year is a great time for us for us to look back and reflect on all we have accomplished.  This May, we graduated our biggest senior class ever.  Our new graduates are heading off to work and to MSW programs across the country.  You will find our grads in graduate programs at the University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, Texas State University, and Howard University.  Closer to home, our students have been accepted to Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University, and the University of Connecticut.

Every summer, we say farewell to our graduates.  This summer, we also said goodbye to Dr. Kit Hinga, who is leaving the department after 12 years of devoted service to the University, the Department, and the students.  We wish her well in her retirement.  At our annual Field Instructors Appreciation Breakfast, Kit received a touching send off from alumni, faculty, and students.  Here’s a slide show with some funny moments shared by students.