The work of the CSWE Center for Diversity is made possible through the support of the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.  

The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice is a resource to prepare social workers with the knowledge and skills to engage in effective practice with diverse populations and to help transform social systems in pursuit of more humane and equitable conditions. 

Teaching About Current Issues

Social Workers Supporting Communities Across the World

Read about social workers who are “working beyond services” in many countries around the world,  breaking cycles of crisis and helping people change their lives and communities. 

Social Work With Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants

Social work with refugees and immigrants requires specialized knowledge of these populations and specialized adaptations and applications of mainstream services and interventions. Because they are often confronted with cultural, linguistic, political, and socioeconomic barriers, these groups are especially vulnerable to mental health concerns and issues arising from inadequate health care. Institutionalized discrimination and anti-immigrant policies and attitudes only exacerbate these challenges.
This resource presents course materials to prepare students to work effectively with and advocate for foreign-born populations. Using a flipped-classroom format, class time is spent on active and applied learning. The resource includes the course syllabus, learning activities, discussion questions, and assignments. These materials incorporate the latest research on contemporary social work practice with refugees, immigrants, and migrants to provide a practical, up-to-date resource for the multitude of issues and interventions for these populations.

Teaching Resources

   Syllabus       Population & Practice Paper
   Best Practices Chapter Questions       Cultural Competence Exercise
   Culturagram Template       Set of Class Activities

About the Educator

Miriam Potocky, MSW, PhD, is a professor in the School of Social Work, Florida International University. She is an internationally recognized expert on refugee resettlement and the principal investigator for Project MIRACLE (Motivational Interviewing for Refugee Adaptation, Coping, and Life Empowerment).

Educator Q&A

How can I use this resource? 
This resource constitutes a course that can be adopted in its entirety or in segments across multiple other sources. This content would be particularly suitable for courses in diversity, practice, policy, international social work, and human rights. Read the full Q&A

The view expressed in the Educator|Resource Q&A are those of the educator [or educators] and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council on Social Work Education.

 Interested in contributing to the Educator | Resource of the Month? Please e-mail a short proposal to Dr. Yolanda Padilla, CSWE Diversity Center Director, at ypadilla@cswe.org.


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EPAS Webinar

Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care

A webinar outlining the contents of a new EPAS Curricular Resource on Issues of Disability and Disability-Competent Care will be held on May 2, at 12:30 ET. Join the webinar here. The webinar is hosted by the Council on Disability and Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with the Diversity Center.