Case Study Of Agency Diversity: Sally Kate Winters Family Services

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Agency Diversity: Sally Kate Winters Family Services
Janae Harris
Intro to Social Work
Mississippi State University
Dr. Kenya McKinley
October 17, 2014

Abstract
In this paper, I will be discussing the diversity within the staff at Sally Kate Winters Family Services and also diversity competency in social workers. It is essential for social workers to be as diversely competent as possible so that they can serve families in a manner with which they are comfortable. All social workers are called on to serve people who are different from themselves in some way. Differences include race, ethnicity, age, gender, physical or mental ability, physical appearance, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic standing.
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