School of Social Welfare Celebrates National Social Work Month

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 28, 2016) – In observance of National Social Work Month, the University at Albany School of Social Welfare will highlight the importance of social workers through a series of educational activities, on Wednesday March 30, in Husted Hall on the Downtown Campus.

Celebrated in March, National Social Work Month recognizes the more than 600,000 industry professionals who dedicate their career to serving and helping community members in need. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, social work is among the fastest fields in the country.

UAlbany's School of Social Welfare will highlight the importance of social workers through a series of educational activities, on Wednesday March 30, in Husted Hall on the Downtown Campus.

UAlbany’s day-long event, co-sponsored by the Social Work Graduate Student Association, features poster presentations, films, and panel discussions, followed by a formal reception in the evening. Activities are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The full schedule of activities includes:

Film Series and Discussions: (Husted Hall, Amphitheater, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.)

In the morning, attendees will view the film “Chilsom 72’ Unbought and Unbossed.” It highlights the work of a Famed U.S. Congresswoman, social worker and lifelong social activist, who committed herself to social justice and equity.

Attendees of the afternoon session will watch the film “Mountains that Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama, A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation.” It offers a unique prospective on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform.

Poster Presentations and Pizza Party: (Richardson Hall, 1st Floor, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.)

Doctoral Student Seminar: (Husted Hall, Rudolph Meeting Room, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.)

UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare Graduate Student Organization will be hosting a seminar where attendees can meet with faculty and engage in dialogue focused on:

  • The ways research can perpetuate and/or challenge oppression
  • Collaborative justice work between universities and communities
  • Scholarly work as a form of resistance and activism

Social W-O-R-K education and practice priorities for the 2nd decade (and beyond) of the 21st century: (Husted Hall, Amphitheater, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.)

UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare Dean, Darrell Wheeler, will examine the realized and potential contributions of the social work profession in the eradication of disparate outcomes, especially for local communities. He will specifically look at ways in which social work can address health disparities and social justice issues.

Excellence Reception: (Husted Hall, 1st Floor, 5:45 – 8:00 p.m.)

To learn more about planned activities, contact event coordinator Alyssa Lotmore. Additional information on National Social Work Month is available on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) website.

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