About the Katherine A. Kendall Institute

Katherine-Kendall-for-website.jpgThe Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education strives to prepare educators, researchers, students, and practitioners for an increasingly global community through its programs and initiatives. Established with contributions to an endowment in honor of international social work icon Dr. Katherine A. Kendall, the Institute promotes standards of excellence for international social work to integrate related concepts into social work curricula and seeks to enrich perspectives, understandings, collaboration, and networking within the social work community.

Facilitating Global Collaboration


Timely discussion of global issues is essential, which is why the Katherine A. Kendall Institute organizes international seminars and workshops on various global topics that target social work professionals around the world. Prioritized subjects include disaster management and risk reduction, global migration, human rights, poverty, globalization, and immigrants and refugees.


The more social workers around the globe share ideas and different perspectives, the better prepared educators and practitioners will be. The Institute inaugurated its partnerships initiative at the 2007 Disaster Planning, Management, and Relief Seminar in Barbados. Social work educators from all continents—including representatives from the International Red Cross, the United Nations, and the International Association of Schools of Social Work—met to discuss disaster management and risk reduction for today, tomorrow, and in the future. Another area of immediate focus for the Institute is global migration, which is having a profound effect on social transformation and developing nations. The Institute sees its partnerships with other likeminded organizations as invaluable in increasing economic, social, and environmental stability, particularly in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

International Fellowship Program

Previously, the Institute funded an International Fellowship Program in which social work faculty members were selected from around the globe to conduct special projects aligned with CSWE’s priorities. International Fellows lectured as visiting scholars with member institutions. Fellows were selected based on their demonstrated excellence in international social work scholarship and their ability to deliver new ideas in educational settings in the United States and abroad.


The Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education began a grant program in 2015. The Institute is pleased to fund innovative projects that further international social work education. The grant’s aim is to fund projects that help prepare North American students for global citizenship and encourage opportunities for international social work.

A Clearinghouse for Information

Your International Social Work Education Library

Serving as a repository of information in the field of international social work is a key component of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute. Its staff maintains an extensive database of curriculum resources, study abroad programs, ongoing international conferences, seminars and workshops in the United States and abroad, and other timely and relevant information. A key example is a bibliography and conference proceedings for international education and disaster management for social work education.

Syllabi for International Social Work Education

To encourage the infusion of international issues into the social work curriculum, the Katherine A. Kendall Institute compiles effective syllabi previously and currently being used by social work faculty in their classrooms.