February 2019 Educator | Resource 

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The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice Educator|Resource is a monthly feature that highlights curricular resources and social work educators that address diversity and justice.

Podcasts of Interviews With Frontline Workers Who Are Changing Communities

This month’s Educator|Resource focuses on how to use the podcast Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change to teach about diversity and social and economic justice. The podcast features interviews with social workers and those in related fields, educators, and activists about their work and personal stories of how they got into this work. Some of topics that are highlighted include advocacy, community organizing, community violence, community-based research, race, immigration, incarceration, reproductive justice, substance use, mental health, disability, trauma, and self-care.

Teaching Resources

Overview and Links to Podcast

Class Discussion, Writing Assignments, & General Questions

Table of Episodes by Topic

Episode Specific Questions

About the Educators: Shimon Cohen, LCSW

Shimon-Cohen-updated-headshot-(2).jpgShimon Cohen, LCSW, is a clinical instructor and the bachelor of science in social work field educator coordinator at Florida International University School of Social Work. He draws on more than 15 years of experience working with diverse populations in community-based agencies, public schools, and hospital-based psychiatric outpatient clinics. Mr. Cohen earned his MSSW at Columbia University School of Social Work. Mr. Cohen thanks Natalia Giordano and Victoria Gray for their feedback and support with the podcast and this teaching resource. 

Educator Q&A

How does the podcast help students learn about diversity and social and economic justice?
The people interviewed on the podcast are on the frontlines of social change in their communities. Each episode discusses the very real challenges of working for social change on multiple levels. The populations and topics are diverse, so listeners are exposed to real life strategies of how to work on micro, mezzo, and macro levels with diverse populations who are marginalized and oppressed. Read full Q&A.

The views 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 [email protected].