Published on : June 10, 2020CSWE created a dedicated space for students, faculty members, social workers, allied health-care providers, and others to leave thoughts, messages, videos, and photos for the Class of 2020. Today, 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.
“In addition to adjusting to life and completing your education amid a global health pandemic, you are faced with another pandemic—Racism,” she said. “These past few weeks have been horrific but a call to action was launched. You have reached out to us [social work leadership] from across the nation and I want you to know, we have heard you. Collaboratively we can do better. I hold social workers to higher standard of accountability and I pledge to do my part in moving the needle.”
Starks highlighted that graduates, educators, students, and social workers can help CSWE update the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards to ensure that curricula prepares social work students to dismantle systems of oppression.
Head to the Class of 2020 community today. It is free and easy to register for a Spark account and connect with this community and others.