CSWE Compass November 2020

UConn SSW Researcher Receives CDC Grant for Social Media-Based Intervention in Gun Injuries
University of Connecticut School of Social Work assistant professor Caitlin Elsaesser has received a 2-year $250,000 K01 award from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research how social media conflict contributes to youth firearm violence and develop a social media-based intervention to address this pressing issue. Elsaesser’s work is part of the first federal funding in 24 years to study firearm injury prevention. Elsaesser is one of two researchers in this cohort to receive a K01 award, early career development awards that provide intensive training and mentorship to develop the next generation of research leaders. Read more here.


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Key Takeaways from CSWE’s 2020 APM
More than 2,180 people registered for CSWE’s 66th Annual Program Meeting (APM) this year, beginning with a week of live education sessions and keynote speakers focused on the theme “Leading Critical Conversations: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.” Recordings of the 60 live sessions that aired November 16–20 will be added to the library of more than 600 on-demand sessions that debuted during the live event. CSWE is also proud to say that more than 150 sessions qualify for continuing education credits. Read quotes from keynote speakers and learn more

Thank You to Our Platinum Sponsors!
CSWE would like to thank the following Platinum Sponsors for their generous support.  


CSWE Joins Call for Extending Student Loan Relief
CSWE joined several higher education associations in calling for an extension of the suspension of federal student loan payments, continuing 0% interestand the collection of defaulted loans. In March the Department of Education (ED) provided these reliefs, which were subsequently included in the CARES Act. ED again extended the measures through December 31, 2020. Read more.


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Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award​
The fifth call for applications for the Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaborative Award is now open as the Interprofessional Education Collaborative and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health launch a new co-sponsorship. Applications close at 5:00 pm PST on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Candidates will receive notification e-mails by Monday, March 22, 2021. Read the full press release.


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Ten Ways to Create Racially Equitable Learning Environments
This month’s Educator|Resource highlights 10 approaches that social work programs and colleges are using to create racially equitable learning environments. These approaches are systemic, driven by evidence and data, and fundamentally change how things are done. Learn about these efforts and explore how to apply the concepts to the unique context of each campus. Click here to see all 10 strategies and detailed program examples.


Open Access JSWE Articles on Social Justice Available 
In response to current events and the pervasive social injustices facing our society, the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) 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 December 30, 2020, through the Taylor & Francis JSWE Online portal:


ASWB Seeks Licensing Exam Writers
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is seeking qualified social workers to write questions for the licensing exams used in the United States and Canada. Practicing social workers—item writers—write all the questions on the ASWB social work licensing exams. These writers are selected for their social work expertise and balanced to reflect diversity in practice area, geography, and demographics. ASWB needs social workers from all categories of licensure with a variety of backgrounds in education and experience. Learn more and apply here.
ADAA's 2021 Annual Conference is Going Virtual!
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) 2021 Virtual Conference, “Resilience and Recovery: From Research to Practice” (March 18–19, 2021) will bring together clinicians and researchers from across the United States and around the world who want to improve treatments and find cures for anxiety, depression, and co-occurring disorders. Choose from a broad range of sessions, workshops, and symposia; hear engaging plenary speakers; learn about cutting-edge thinking in research and clinical practice; and earn CEs and CMEs. Register here.
Register for NASW’s Webinar: Intersectionality of Black Lives
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is offering a webinar titled “Intersectionality of Black Lives: Advancing a Conversation of Blackness in Learning Spaces,” which will explore the intersectionality of Black lives, specifically those in academia and the parallel process whereby race, power, privilege, and White fragility are experienced by faculty members as well as students and society at large. The webinar will be held December 15, 2020, 1:00 pm‒2:00 pm. Click here to learn more.



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