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International Social Work Leader Review

CSWE’s Commission on Global Social Work Education and the Katherine A. Kendall Institute collaborate to offer the International Social Work Leader Review. Each quarter the Review features an individual who has made significant contributions to international social work education with ties to the United States. In the spirit of Katherine A. Kendall’s life and work, these highlighted leaders are recognized as influencers in the global social work community whose efforts have made important advancements in social work education and practice.



Alice Salomon (1872-1948)

Dr. Alice Salomon, scholar, educator, international women’s activist, and peace advocate is often referred to as "The Mother of Social Work in Germany” and in North America as the “Jane Addams of Germany”. She writes: “Everything I had done during my life had one object: to help bring about social order with more justice, more equality of opportunity, and a deeper sense of solidarity and brotherhood” (Salomon, 2004, p. 201). It would be both prudent and inspirational to study and reflect on her legacy. Her personal and professional experiences provide critical insights about the development of social conscience along with the ongoing challenges facing those who strive to cultivate a world community grounded in human rights, empathy and good will. Read the full review here

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Sattareh Farman Farmaian (1921–2010)

Sattareh Farman Farmaian was the founder of social work as a profession in Iran. Read the full review here