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November 2019 Educator | Resource of the Month

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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 who address diversity and justice.

Online Teaching: Humanizing Immigration 

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As we celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the Diversity Center’s Educator|Resource, we continue to look at ideas that move diversity and justice education forward. This time we are spotlighting online platforms.

The increase in social work courses offered online has presented educators with the challenge of developing student knowledge and skills necessary for effective direct practice within a virtual learning environment. With a focus on immigrants, this resource offers strategies for developing online assignments that enhance students' ability to humanize the lives of immigrants and better understand the policies currently affecting them

The vast number of immigrant populations in the United States—and the growing anti-immigration sentiments—make it imperative for those in the social work field to be cognizant of immigration-related issues and strategies to address them. For social work students to learn how to practice effectively with this population, they must understand and be able to empathize with the comprehensive effects of immigration on individuals and families throughout the life cycle.

Teaching Resources

ONLINE SYLLABUS Immigrants and Refugees: Issues and Interventions Seven Things You Should Know About Voice Thread
VoiceThread Immigration Assignment VoiceThread Resources for Teaching Effectiveness

About the Educator

Contributor Beverly Araujo headshotBeverly Araujo Dawson is a professor at the School of Social Work at Adelphi University in New York and program director of the online MSW program. She earned a doctoral degree in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the social determinants of well-being and culturally based protective factors among first and second-generation Latino/a families.  Dr. Dawson also studies social work pedagogy in online social work learning environments.




Educator Q&A

Tell us about your teaching resources.
To create a collaborative space, I use VoiceThread, a highly interactive online discussion tool. Using VoiceThread, students work in groups to identify three images that represent the experiences of immigrants at the micro, mezzo, and macro level. Identifying the images allows students to assess the representation of the issues and experiences of immigrants and refugees. Read the full Q&A

The views expressed in the Educator|Resource are those of the educator(s) 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 contact Dr. Yolanda Padilla, CSWE Diversity Center Director, at [email protected].