CSWE Announces 2021 Kendall Institute Grant Recipients

Published on : August 10, 2021

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) today announced the grantees for the sixth cycle of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education grant program. Grantees were selected based on their innovative projects that demonstrated sustainability, transferability, and potential to advance the field of international social work education. 

Many of the following programs demonstrate how technology can be used in the classroom to incorporate international social work into curricula. These programs will prepare future social workers and researchers to practice in an increasingly interdependent and interconnected global community. 

Boston College—Interdisciplinary Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance: Gender-Based Violence 
Project Lead: Thomas Crea 
This project seeks to develop an innovative online interdisciplinary certificate in humanitarian assistance and create a module on gender-based violence with the hopes of preparing students for effective global work in the humanitarian aid and development sectors. 

California State University, Stanislaus—Cultivating Cultural Awareness and Global Consciousness Through Internationalization and Decolonization of Social Work Curriculum  
Project lead: Sevaughn Banks 
This project aims to bring global context into U.S. social work classrooms through the development of international social work education materials and curricula–case studies, virtual tours, and virtual learning communities.  

Southern Illinois University—Virtual Reality Training and Education for Global Social Work Practice  
Project lead: Elaine T. Jurkowski 
The project seeks to expose social work and other students to cultural global social work practice and enhance cultural relevance of social work education using virtual reality technology. 

State University of New York at Plattsburgh—Global Social Action Consortium 
Project lead: Julie Richards 
This project employs a three-tiered approach to strengthen and relocate international social work education and practice that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and empowerment in the social work curriculum. 

University of Michigan—Dialogues Between Global North and Global South 
Project lead: Cristina B. Bares  
This project seeks to increase cultural competence and intergroup dialogue among graduate students in two institutions—one from the United States, the other from India—through cross exposure to instructors, fellow graduate students, and locally relevant knowledge.