History and Goals

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) established the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education in 2004 with an endowment from the Katherine A. Kendall Fund. Its overall mission, shaped by the vision of international social work icon Katherine A. Kendall, is to foster the mainstream development of international content in social work education and to increase the cross-organizational collaboration in project development as well as research and data collection and dissemination. Specifically, it promotes the implementation of programs and initiatives within the global social work education community. These programs and initiatives will prepare practitioners and researchers with the appropriate knowledge and requisite skills for practice within an increasingly interdependent global community.

Institute Goals

• Promote standards of excellence for international work 
• Conduct faculty development initiatives for internationalizing the curriculum 
• Foster greater connections between CSWE and other international social work organizations such as the International Association of Schools of Social Work 
• Maintain a database of curriculum resources and international initiatives that are taking place in U.S. social work programs 
• Publish educational materials for internationalizing the curriculum 
• Plan annual seminars with invited experts in global economics and social development to enrich perspectives and understandings