CSWE Compass June 2020

Wayne State Tackles Health Inequalities in Detroit
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it has become apparent that health disparities continue to exist and negatively affect the infection rate of many Michiganders. Faculty members and students from Wayne State University's master of social work and master of public health joint degree program understand how environmental, economic, social, and personal factors influence health and well-being and are working to empower change in the Detroit community during this global crisis. Read more about their efforts here.


CSWE Announces 2020 Awards Recipients
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has announced the recipients of the 2020 Professional Recognition Awards. “The recipients of the Professional Recognition Awards represent the best of the best among social work educators, and we are honored to highlight their achievements and extraordinary work,” said Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW, CSWE president and CEO. Read more about the recipients and their achievements.


2020 USPHS IPEC Award Winners & Finalists Announced
The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) have announced the 2020 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award winners from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and four honorable mention finalists. All honorees will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Summer 2020 IPEC Member Meeting on June 25‒26, 2020. View the full news release and complete list of winners here.


Winter and Spring Recap 2020: Matters of Justice
This month’s Educator|Resource features a recap of the previous five issues. This semiannual recap revisits ways for social work to create more affirming classrooms, more equitable education, more culturally responsive practice, and more humane social institutions.


This Is Who We Are
In the June 5 issue of Social Work Responds, “Two Pandemics,” we explored the role of the social worker during two pandemics that disproportionately affect communities of color, COVID-19 and institutional racism. Each crisis requires urgent attention and action, calling on social workers, regulators, and social work educators to be creative in responding to the needs of individuals and communities. This week’s issue continues to focus on how social workers are uniquely qualified to address both pandemics. Read more.


Data Shows Students Ready to Return to Classrooms
If classes were offered in person in fall 2020 by their universities, 91.1%25 of social work students would enrollCSWE today presented research that shows that 91.1% of social work students who had in-person classes move online during the spring 2020 semester would be interested in returning to the classroom this fall, if the option was offered by their university. The survey, conducted in partnership with faculty members from California State University, Sacramento, Division of Social Work, showed the impact to students when social work education moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also asked about students’ intentions to enroll in fall 2020 courses under different scenarios and how students had been personally affected by the pandemic. See the full results here.


Vote for Doctoral Alumnae to CSWE’s Board of Directors
CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is proud to announce that Dr. Joan Blakey (MFP Doctoral 2008), Dr. Makeba Green (MFP Doctoral 2003), and Dr. Kesslyn Brade Stennis (MFP Doctoral 2008) are candidates for the CSWE Board of Directors and National Nominating Committee. CSWE members can cast their votes before Monday, June 29, 2020. Read the candidates’ statements here.


Updated Field Education Recommendations from COA
COA has released updated recommendations on field education that will be in effect through May 31, 2021. It is within the purview of each social work education program to determine whether the options will be implemented. View the recommendations.



Selected JSWE Articles on Social Justice Now Open Access
In response to current events and the pervasive social injustices facing our society, the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) has compiled a collection of articles with a focus on race/racism, oppression, social justice, and related topics that social workers and social work educators are committed to addressing and resolving. The following articles will be open access until September 30, 2020, through the Taylor & Francis JSWE Online portal:

Submit Your Pandemic-Related Manuscripts to JSWE
The Journal of Social Work Education invites submissions for a special issue titled "Teaching, Field Instruction, and Administration in the Time of Pandemic or Natural Disaster" to be published in spring 2021. Manuscripts are due via online submission by August 3, 2020. Find details in the call for submissions.


CSWE Chair Shares Message for the Class of 2020
Saundra Starks, EdD, LCSW, chair of the CSWE Board of Directors, shared her advice and challenges for the 47,000 social work program graduates entering the workforce this year. Students, faculty members, social workers, allied health-care providers, and others can leave their thoughts, messages, videos, and photos for the Class of 2020 in our dedicated community in CSWE Spark.

CSWE Vice President Heads to The Catholic University of America
Jo Ann R. Regan, PhD, vice president of education at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), has been appointed by Catholic University President John Garvey as the next dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS). She will assume her new duties July 1, 2020. “We are grateful for Jo Ann’s expertise and leadership over almost 9 years at CSWE. We wish her well in her new role, and I personally look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Regan and Catholic University as members of CSWE,” said Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW, CSWE president and CEO." Read more details about her achievements with CSWE and her new position at Catholic University's webpage


Access Books by or About People of African Descent
The African American Literature Book Club (AALBC) is the oldest and largest online bookstore dedicated to books written by, or about, people of African descent in the United States and around the world. AALBC celebrates Black culture, through books covering countless topics, for all readers to enjoy. Visit the AALBC online bookstore and browse its social work education titles.

Supporting LGBTQ Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the School Social Work Association of America has released a new resource for school social workers that offers tips as COVID-19 continues to affect LGBTQ students across the country. The resource addresses the emerging issues specific to LGBTQ youths in virtual settings. In addition to addressing student safety and privacy, it covers supporting students without affirming families, promoting resiliency and equity, and connecting students to LGBTQ-affirming online resources.

Listen to Trauma Talks Podcast COVID-19 Episodes
Listen to the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work’s Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) Trauma Talks podcast, featuring four new episodes relating to COVID-19. They interview different providers to talk about how the pandemic has altered their life, as well as the way that they support others through what is an ongoing and possibly traumatic experience for many. 

Achieving Equal Opportunity and Justice in Juvenile Justice
The Grand Challenges for Social Work organization has published a new working paper, “Achieving Equal Opportunity and Justice in Juvenile Justice,” by Bo-Kyung Elizabeth Kim, Susan McCarter, and Patricia Logan-Greene. “To transform the juvenile justice system over the next decade, [the authors] propose five actionable goals for social work practice, policy, and research to dismantle inequity and injustice and foster the full social, civic, economic, and political integration of justice-involved youth.”

Grand Challenges COVID-19 Resources
The Grand Challenges for Social Work (GCSW) has collected resources related to COVID-19 that may be of help to social workers during this time. GCSW will add new information as it is received. Follow GCSW on Twitter for the most up-to-date news and resources.



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