Chair: David Pate
Cochair: Barbara Simon
The Social and Economic Justice Track examines the attributes, theories, models and practices that foster social and economic justice, particularly as it relates to issues of oppression, diversity and ethical practice. The profession’s stance on social and economic justice has been an area of tension posited from outside forces and even within social work education. There have been questions regarding the actual implementation of social and economic justice in the profession and social work education. Additional concerns have been raised as to how these principles are implemented in the classroom and social work research. As an organizing principle of the social work profession, an ongoing and critical examination of social and economic justice within and outside of social work education is necessary. As such, historical and contemporary examinations of social and economic justice are highlighted, along with respective implications for social work education, practice and research. Social and economic justice across practice methods and within local, national and international communities are encouraged.