Community Social Work in Times of Crisis: Lessons from the past and how we move forward

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Date: June 25, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Special Event

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This year the nation has seen crisis after crisis upend our routines and what we call “normal”. COVID-19 has impacted the lives of millions around the globe. It has ravaged our hometown of Detroit with a disproportionate number of African American fatalities. Social workers are well equipped to respond to crisis and have done so since the profession was founded.  We need to unite now more than ever against racial inequality. We need to reach new practitioners, students and those who have fought social justice battles for decades. We need to unite and support our colleagues, students, clients, and city and do so in protest and power as these past weeks have shown us.

We encourage you to participate in the second of this two-part series exploring racial inequality in the time of COVID-19, the role of social work in an historical context and ways in which you can empower social change in your community.

This event will include a roundtable of social work leaders (see below) offering their insights and practice experience related to engaging a community in crisis. Panelists will discuss the crises that prompted them to take action over the course of their careers to positively impact their communities. It will include a Q&A period in which attendees can ask panelists about "lessons learned" and what they as practitioners can apply to their careers moving forward

WSU School of Social Work alumni and panelists leading the discussion include:

  • Paul Hubbard (MSW, '71), Managing Partner of Trivium Community Economic Development, Member of the Toledo Social Unrest Task Force, SSW Board of Visitors Member and former President of New Detroit
  • Sara Gleicher (MSW, '83), SSW Board of Visitors Member, former Chief of Staff for the late Maryann Mahaffey, former Policy, Advocacy and Program Director at a community mental health agency and former Project Manager for Beaumont Health 
  • Norm Olshansky (MSW, '71), former Executive Director of Common Ground and manager and consultant for nonprofit agencies in the U.S., Canada and Israel
  • Milt Tambor (MSW, '63), former President of an American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) local union representing non-profit social service workers, former assistant education director of the Michigan AFSCME state-wide council, founder of the Democratic Socialists of America Atlanta Chapter and writer
This event will be moderated by Takisha Lashore assistant director of the WSU School of Social Work Field Education Office.

This event will be held on Zoom. The Zoom login information will be provided upon completion of the RSVP form.

This event is organized by the Social Work in Focus Transition Team (SWIFTT). Lead by Social Work MSW alum, Andre Iadipaolo, SWIFTT is an ad hoc committee established in April 2020 to support the School with outreach and action during this time of crisis.

June 2020