CSWE Compass July 2021

University of St. Thomas SSW Receives $1.9 Million Federal Grant
The University of St. Thomas School of Social Work (SSW) in the Morrison Family College of Health has received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Health and Resources Administration. The largest federal grant ever received by the SSW, the funding is also the second-largest federal grant (except COVID-19 stimulus funds) ever awarded to the university. The SSW will use the funds to provide $10,000 scholarships to 116 master’s of social work students in clinical field placements over the next 4 years, helping to expand integrated behavioral health services for medically underserved communities. Read more here.


CSWE Helps Launch National Campaign to #DoublePell
CSWE is proud to be part of a national campaign to double the maximum Pell Grant to $13,000 and help more students earn a degree, get a good-paying job, and achieve a brighter future. The campaign features a new website, doublepell.org, that provides students and families with the tools to communicate with Congress, engage on social media, and share personal stories about how the Pell Grant has helped them—and express their support for doubling Pell.


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The 2021 APM Will Be in Orlando! Help Us Capitalize on This Opportunity
Despite recent events, the 2021 Annual Program Meeting (APM) will be held November 4–7 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL. Unfortunately, we cannot absorb the financial penalties that would be incurred by breaking our contracts and agreements at this time. We ask for your understanding on this matter and for your active engagement as social workers to help us meet this challenge. Learn more about the 2021 APM and register here.


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What Teaching From an Antiracism Perspective Looks Like
The Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice announces an upcoming series of Educator|Resources on “What Teaching From An Antiracism Perspective Looks Like.” The series provides fresh and clear introductions to centering racial justice through Critical Race Theory, decolonizing the curriculum, and creating an anti-oppressive learning environment in the classroom. This month’s featured book is Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi.

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June 2021 COA Decisions
The CSWE Commission on Accreditation (COA) took several actions at its June 2021 meeting regarding the accreditation status of various social work programs. As of the June 2021 COA meeting, there are 535 accredited baccalaureate programs, 299 accredited master's programs, 16 baccalaureate programs in candidacy, 27 master's programs in candidacy, 5 baccalaureate programs in precandidacy, and 9 master's programs in precandidacy.


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October 2021 Virtual IPEC Institute
​The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will hold its next Institute virtually on October 12, 14, 19, and 21, 2021. The October 2021 IPEC Institute is an advanced program for those who want to strengthen their interprofessional education for collaborative practice  programs and also increase faculty readiness and student preparation regarding inclusion, diversity, health equity, and advocacy. Register here.



MSWs in the Making: MFP Master's Graduates 2021 
Many fellows in the Minority Fellowship Program’s (MFP’s) 2020–2021 master’s cohort are celebrating graduations this spring and summer! As these “MSWs in the Making" emerge as fully qualified social workers seeking professional employment in the mental health and substance use spheres, we encourage you to review this booklet that highlights their experience, interests, and career ambitions and consider how fellows’ experiences and goals align with professional opportunities in your sphere. Please join the MFP team in congratulating our fellows on this tremendous accomplishment.


GCSW Educational Integration Survey Infographic
The Grand Challenges of Social Work (GCSW) has shared the results of a recent survey on the uptake of the Grand Challenges in social work programs around the country. Interested in bringing the Grand Challenges for Social Work to your campus? Check out their “On Campus” page for ideas, or let them know how your program is #UP4theChallenge!

PBS/WORLD Channel Series “Decolonizing Mental Health”
In a conversation moderated by Tina Martin, a panel of mental health industry experts and advocates—Dr. Sidney Hankerson, Dr. Dan Foster, Paul Hoang, LCSW, and Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C—discussed the unique mental health care challenges faced by underrepresented communities. Read a recap of the event and watch the conversation in full.
National Minority Health Month Resources From MHTTC
Observed each July, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month helps make people aware of the unique mental health struggles faced by racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States. Access resources developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network and from other reputable national organizations for these communities.

Call for Education Resources Focused on Technology
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the urgent need to explore the future of technology in social work education. In response, CSWE’s new Technology Advisory Group has created a space where members can find and share technology-related resources covering topics such as how to use technology in the classroom and teaching about the use of technology in social work practice. To learn more about this initiative or submit resources, visit this page.



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