Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions

Michael J. Sorrell | Opening Plenary Session | Thursday, October 24, 6:30 pm


Michael J . Sorrell, EdD, is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. Under his leadership, Paul Quinn College is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education and is regularly mentioned nationally as one of the most innovative schools in America. An attorney and former White House staffer, Dr. Sorrell brought a bold new vision to the college, focusing on academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship . He also pioneered what he named the “urban work college model,” based on Paul Quinn College’s dramatic success. When Dr. Sorrell took the helm as college president in 2007, enrollment had been declining for more than 5 years, and the college was close to being shut down.

Today, it is considered a shining model of urban education and generally has a waiting list. With a rallying cry of “WE Over Me” and a mission to end poverty, Dr. Sorrell led a movement as well as a total transformation. Dr. Sorrell has received numerous awards and recognition for his civic and educational leadership. He is the only three-time recipient of the HBCU President of the Year award and was named one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents. He also received Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s and PUSH/Excel’s Education Leadership Award. Dr. Sorrell received a BA from Oberlin, a JD and an MA in Public Policy from Duke University, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania. His speech will focus on the future and need for innovation in higher education and its impact on social work education. 

Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture | Friday, October 25, 8:15 am


The Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture was established to continue Scott’s legacy of equity and social justice in social work through building knowledge and furthering the well-being of individuals and their communities.
CSWE is pleased to announce Dr. Llewellyn Cornelius, University of Georgia professor, director of the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights, and Minority Fellowship Program alumnus, as the lecturer for the 2019 Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture series. Dr. Cornelius has taught more than 2,200 MSW students in the second largest MSW program in the United States and has been recognized as the fifth most-cited African American scholar in social work. 

The lecture will be given during the CSWE Annual Program Meeting on Friday, October 25 at 8:15 am.


Hokenstad International Lecture | Saturday, October 26, 8:45 am

Campanini-Photo.jpgThe Hokenstad International Lecture series was launched in 2007 through an endowment from M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad, a former president and long-time member of CSWE. The program serves to enhance and complement the work of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (Kendall Institute) as well as CSWE's Commission on Global Social Work Education.

This year, the Hokenstad lecturer is Dr. Annamaria Campanini from the Universit√† Milano Bicocca and president of the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Her research and professional activities show her deep interest and expertise in social work education at the international level. Her lecture, “International Organizations: Building Capacity and Representing Social Work Education Globally,” will reflect the APM theme of “Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” including a brief historical review with emphasis on current and future issues.

The 2019 Hokenstad International Lecture will be given during the CSWE Annual Program Meeting on Saturday, October 26 at 8:45 am, immediately following the Partners in International Education Awards.