International Events at APM

11/17/2016

During the 2016 CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM), the Katherine A. Kendall Institute hosted a session titled Realizing the Vision of Katherine A. Kendall through International Education Collaborations. Presenters Lynne Healy, Terry Hokenstad, and Jody Olsen provided examples of how the Institute has developed partnerships, collaborations, and grants to foster the growth and influence of international social work concepts and models. Additionally, the KAKI Institute presented Promoting and Teaching the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with IASSW.

This year’s APM marked the 10th Anniversary of the Hokenstad International Lecture through the Commission on Global Social Work Education. This year’s lecturer was Dr. Darja Zavirsek from Slovenia. Dr. Zavirsek’s lecture was titled The Humanitarian Crisis of Migration—The Crises of Humanitarianism: Current Dimensions and Challenges for Social Work Practice.

The Commission on Global Social Work Education Partners in Advancing International Education (PIE) Awards Committee selected the following awardees based on their outstanding contributions to the field of international social work education:

•    Patricia Talisse, Fordham University (student)
•    Brittany’s Hope (organization)
•    María Vidal de Haymes, Loyola University, Chicago (individual)

While in Atlanta the Human Rights Committee of the Commission on Global Education hosted a trip to the Center for Human and Civil Rights and a presentation from the Atlanta-based Freedom University. Freedom University was founded to allow educational opportunities for students because Georgia’s law bans undocumented youths from attending Georgia’s top five public universities, and prohibits undocumented students from qualifying for in-state tuition.

The U.S. China Social Work collaborative is in Year 4 of its 5-year project to address urgent social issues facing China. During the APM, Hui Hou and Dr. Huali Liu from East China University of Science & Technology presented research undertaken through their collaborative project and provided recommendations for U.S. programs that may wish to partner with programs in China.