Statement on HB2

As social workers we will act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against person, group, or class.

We cannot practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate with any forms of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transition status, veteran status, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical disability. Furthermore we affirm all LGBQ, transgender, and gender non-conforming people; individuals of color; homeless people and those living in poverty; people living with disabilities; court-involved persons; veterans; older adults; and other vulnerable populations.

We believe that the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act - House Bill 2 contradicts our Professional Code of Ethics, the values of our profession, and the requirements for maintaining social work licensure and/or certification in North Carolina, which requires adherence to our ethical code. The UNC Charlotte Chancellor has stated that he intends to enforce the University’s nondiscrimination policies, which includes protections related to sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender identity, and transition status (http://legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-501).

Finally, the UNC Charlotte School of Social Work faculty and staff will continue to be vigilant in protecting all students from discriminatory practices and speak out when oppression and discrimination is witnessed. Doing so is aligned with the mission of the School of Social Work and is consistent with our professional ethics.