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Capacity Building for Communities of Color: The Paradigm Shift and Why I Left My Job

Vu Le 2015/02/28

When I first got out of grad school with my Master in Social Work, I was a bright-eyed kid full of hopes and dreams of doing my part to make the world better. Completely broke and desperate to find work before the student loans people released their hounds, I applied to countless jobs and found… Continue Reading »

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Elder Abuse: Don’t Let It Be Your Grandma!

Social Work Helper 2015/02/27

By Denise Bartley, Andre Juste, Rachel Meadows, and Guiseline Momplaisir According to a study by the National Center on elder abuse, 63.7% of the reported abuse cases were elderly women? Statistics suggest that the majority of elderly Americans, our grandmothers and grandfathers, are being abused and neglected. For those of you who don’t know, elderly… Continue Reading »

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School of Social Welfare Striving to Maintain Oppression

Social Work Helper 2015/02/26

Berkeley, CA – A contingent of 60 graduate students led a teach-in and mediation at UC Berkeley’s School of Welfare today in response to racist comments made by a tenured Professor Steven Segal who was present along with Dean Jeffery Edleson. The action was organized in support of 25 graduate students enrolled in Segal’s Mental… Continue Reading »

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Five African American Pioneers in Social Service

Chris Ingrao 2015/02/26

With Black History Month coming to a close, it is important to recognize the contributions of those who strove for societal progress in social services before us. As an MSW program dedicated to celebrating social justice and cultural diversity, SocialWork@Simmons is proud to honor five major pioneers in social work history. These extremely prolific civil… Continue Reading »

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Social Workers: Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/02/26

I became a social worker because I believe this profession has the greatest potential to create a more egalitarian society for all Americans and residents on the planet. We are taught the skills needed to organize and mobilize people and resources. We learn to do the research necessary to find solutions and policies to address… Continue Reading »

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96 Percent of Social Workers Want Mobile Technology

Rich Bowlen 2015/02/20

How important is mobile technology in social work? We wanted to learn more so we surveyed members of the National Association of Social Workers and asked two questions, “Do you think mobile technology would help you do your job?” and, “Is mobile technology for social workers a priority for your organization?” The results are in… Continue Reading »

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Are You or Your Org Guilty of Trickle-Down Community Engagement

Vu Le 2015/02/20

A while ago, I was talking to a friend, another Executive Director, and he said, “Have you noticed that everyone is getting paid to engage us communities of color except us communities of color?” Sigh. Yes, I have noticed. I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and have come up with a term to describe it. Trickle-Down… Continue Reading »

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Are We Witnessing a New Wave of Social Darwinism?

Dr. Charles Lewis, Jr. 2015/02/18

Nineteenth century British philosopher and sociologist Herbert Spencer was the first to coin the term “survival of the fittest.” The idea, also referred to as natural selection, suggests that some individuals are better suited to overcome the challenges and exploit the opportunities within their environments and would thus thrive in situations where others may falter…. Continue Reading »

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