2012 Global Social Work Student Conference Sunday, March 25, 2012 Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
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Welcome to the 2012 Global Social Work Student Conference on March 25th at Fordham University!
“From Passion to Action” The theme for the 2012 Global Social Work Student Conference is “From Passion to Action.” Our hope is that you are inspired by today’s workshops, presentations and the overall atmosphere of the day to take action on an issue that you feel most passionate about! We look forward to hearing more about how you plan to take action to further your cause as a social worker and agent of change!
Dear Conference Participants, Welcome to the 5th Annual Global Social Work Student Conference with the theme “From Passion to Action.” This conference, organized by students for students, brings together over 250 social work students from around the world to congregate in one location to learn and share ideas and information for best practice in the rapidly growing field of professional social work. We are excited to bring you a selection of over 20 interactive and engaging workshops on various international issues in social work ranging from statelessness to advocacy through social media. This is also the first year that students have been able to submit workshop proposals! Today, we encourage you to speak up, start dialogues and network with your fellow social workers, as this is YOUR day!
Bethany Andrade Monmouth University, IFSW intern
University of Connecticut, IASSW Intern
Fordham University, IFSW intern
International Fed eration of Social Workers International Association of Schools of Social Work IASSW - AIETS
For the past 28 years, the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) have presented Social Work Day at the United Nations to convene students, practitioners, and educators have the UN to learn more about the UN, innovative projects and issues related to International Social Work and the critical role Social Work plays in the international arena. The GSWSC was first held in 2008 as a supplementary event to Social Work Day at the United Nations. Since then, GSWSC has been a mainstay in the international social work community in creating a space where social work students from around the world can come together to learn and share ideas and information for best practice in the rapidly growing field of professional social work.
The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) & is an international community of schools and educators in social work, promoting quality education, training and research for the The theory and practice of social work, administration of social work formation of social policies. Founded in 1928, IASSW speaks International and on behalf of 2000 schools worldwide and 500,000 students. It has been in consultative status with the Economic and Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since Federation of Development 1947. Social Workers The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) is a global (IFSW) organization striving for social justice, human rights and social
development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation. IFSW has members in every continent in over 90 countries, representing over 750,000 social workers around the world. IFSW has been granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission and UNICEF since 1959 and has representation teams at UN sites in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Santiago de Chile, and Bangkok. 4
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2012 Global Social Work Student Conference Schedule 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Registration and Resource Fair (First Floor and Atrium) 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm Welcome (12th Floor Main Conference Room)
1:30 pm to 2: 45 pm Workshop Session 1 (Floors 9 – 12) 2: 45 pm to 3: 15 pm Networking Session (Atrium) (Light Refreshments & Food will be provided) 3: 15 pm to 4: 30 pm Workshop Session 2 (Floors 9-‐12) 4: 45 pm to 5:30 pm Closing Ceremony: An Introduction to Social Work Day at the UN (12th Floor Main Conference Room) Please join us afterwards for a refreshment and dinner at Lincoln Park Grill 5 (867 9th Avenue—Between 56th and 57th)
Workshop Session 1 Global South-‐North Linkages on Environmental and Climate Justice Jacqui Patterson Director of Environmental and Climate Justice NAACP Drawing on the experiences of NAACP's Afro Descendant Linkages on Environmental and Climate Justice Project, this session will highlight an array of environmental injustices globally, including assaults to air, water, and land, describe people most affected by these violations, uplift ways that grassroots groups and others are taking action to address these issues. The presentation will share multiple examples in the US and in the Global South such as coal pollution fights, oil spills, deforestation, and other issues and some of the ways that we are already being impacted by climate change, including sea level rise, extreme weather events, and shifts in agricultural yields. The presenter will also paint a picture of progressive policy making and practices that would ensure a more sustainable future for all communities worldwide. Statelessness: no right to have rights Sebastian Köhn Program Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative Citizenship is often thought of as the right that provides us with other rights -‐ including the right to live and work in a particular country. Around the world, at least 15 million people have no citizenship anywhere. They are stateless. Stateless persons live in all countries, and their lack of legal status often compromises their access to essential rights and services. This workshop will look at the situation of stateless persons in the United States, Kuwait and Kenya. Three widely different contexts pose different challenges in terms of resolving statelessness and providing essential assistance to those who are stateless. The workshop will look at advocacy strategies to
resolve this problem, as well as best practices in terms of service provision to stateless populations. Keeping Your Word April Riegler Executive Director and Founder, Hope Shines, Inc Hope Shines is a mentoring program for orphans of the genocide in Rwanda. Through games, sports, dance, arts and crafts and educational and health programming, volunteers from abroad and from the local community seek to enhance the quality of life for orphans and empower them to improve their lives. As founder and executive director, April Reigler will walk the group through the inception of Hope Shines, its development and growth all the way through its current endeavors. April's motto is "keep your word." She was inspired to start Hope Shines, said she would do something to help kids and is doing it every day. Inspiration can lead to passion and it’s important to not let that passion burn out, no matter the odds. What started with one person, with only an idea and incredible passion, has turned into an organization with real momentum. Through April's story of founding and leading Hope Shines, the group will come to understand how important it is to keep your word -‐ especially when there are 170 kids relying on it. She will explain how she was able to build Hope Shines from the ground up to where it is operating today. 4 Ways You Can Use Social Media to Change the World Shaun King Founder and CEO , HopeMob In this practical, interactive workshop Shaun King will share proven strategies that he has used over the past 5 years to raise millions of dollars and impact thousands of lives all around the world on a shoestring budget. If your heart is bigger than your bank account, but you have access to the internet, this workshop is for you. Bring your phones, tablets, and laptops! 6
Workshop Session 1 The Cost of Sugar: Modern Day Slavery in Santo Domingo and the Power of Students to Fight Social Injustices Héctor Pérez, BSW Candidate, Anna Maria College Ashley Maryyanek, BSW Candidate, Anna Maria College This presentation is aimed at promoting awareness to students regarding the deprivation of human rights in the Bateys of Santo Domingo. The presentation will highlight the work completed by the students in the former Batey of San Luis in Santo Domingo. Additionally, it will educate students of how the Dominican government denies the basic human right of recognition by a state as a citizen upon birth for children of Haitian descent living in the Bateys, which essentially keeps them in a cycle of modern day slavery. More importantly, this presentation will teach students that wish to engage in international social work about the importance of promoting community-‐ sustainability instead of applying altruist desires for humanitarian work. Moreover, it will also highlight the power students can have in the fight for social justice. This session will provide an overview of the history of the people living in �� the island of Hispaniola; how the racial tension began and how it is still affecting individuals there; how modern day slavery occurs in the name of sugar; how to promote social justice and advancement of human rights; and what they can do to spread awareness or take a firsthand action to combat this injustice. HIV/AIDS and LGBT youth Joyce Hunter, DSW Research Scientist/Assistant Professor, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, NYSPI Adolescence is a time of significant physical and psychosocial development. Developmental process through which lesbian, gay, bisexual youth recognize their homosexual orientation and choose to integrate this knowledge into
their personal and social identities – “Coming Out.” There are many challenges at this vulnerable time-‐-‐ isolation and potential loss of family and friends, exposure to HIV and other STIs, drug use, and suicide ideation. In addition to the risks for boys and young men, females now represent 58% of new adolescent AIDS cases (CDC, 2008). This workshop will present the issues and strategies for HIV prevention with this population. Discussion will follow. In the realm of Abled-‐ness Phuong Q. Le, MSW Candidate Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences In its history of discrimination, intellectual disability has always been labeled with a stigma of incompetency and worthlessness. Hindrance to equal opportunities such as education, medical services, or employment further aggravated the population’s vulnerability. International efforts have been made with various levels of success in some countries. However, in many developing countries, the issue has rarely been touched. The case study for this workshop is the disadvantaged status of people, especially children with intellectual disabilities (PID/CID) in Vietnam. The presentation is drawn from the author’s first-‐hand experiences with the population, and analysis regarding social policies and programs (both national, international and UN-‐based). Additionally, accompanied by the discussion, the author will identify strategies through which social workers could be the agent of change for the betterment of PID/CID, focusing on grassroots organizing, advocacy in the community, and utilization of available policies. These strategies are of particular relevance to countries in which (1) social welfare is not in its advanced status; and/or (2) public participation in the political process is not a common practice. A considerable amount of time will be used for discussion, shared experiences and suggestions from all workshop 7 participants.
Workshop Session 1 Launch Your International Career with Peace Corp Anthony Trujillo Regional Recruiter; Returned Volunteer Mongolia, Ukraine Peace Corp Peace Corps is a life-‐defining leadership experience you will draw upon throughout your life. The most significant accomplishment will be the contribution you make to improve the lives of others. This session will highlight the tangible benefits for you personally and professionally. Whether you are just out of college, mid-‐career, or retired, the skills you learn as a Volunteer can help you achieve your goals and enhance your marketability with prospective employers. Peace Corps provides training in a foreign language, technical skills, and cross-‐cultural understanding. This, combined with the experience of living, learning, and working with a community overseas for 27 months, augments any career path especially in global social work. Making Economics Work for Us: A Human Rights and Feminist Perspective Margot Baruch Program Coordinator Center for Women's Global Leadership Ever wonder if the governments could use a better framework to address poverty, inequality and unemployment? Have you considered how certain policies that are overwhelmingly supported by government and corporate interests undermine adequate standards of living and reinforce gender disparities? Economic policy directly affects access to housing, income, healthcare and jobs, and is intrinsically connected to the realization of human rights. Macroeconomic policies (fiscal and monetary) can either serve to enhance or erode people’s enjoyment of basic human rights. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight the links between macroeconomics and human rights in order to better inform discussions about solutions.
From Three Weak Pillars to a New Foundation: Solving global problems through Sustainable Development Anya Briggs, MSW Candidate, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences C.J. Woods, MSW Candidate, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Ever wonder why the world has so many problems or why they are so difficult to overcome? Disease, famine, poverty, earthquakes, infant mortality, war, discrimination, tsunamis, and a growing wealth disparity-‐ as social workers we are well aware of the how these and other tragedies impact humanity, but how often do we stop to consider how they interact with each other? What if the best solutions to some of these global problems lie within their relationships with one another? In this discussion based workshop, participants learn the basics of sustainable development and begin practicing key elements of this approach by collaborating with one another to take their critical thinking skills to the next level. Facilitators will encourage participants to analyze the connections between social, economic, and environmental issues and pursue out of box solutions to problem scenarios. Emphasis is placed on creativity and cross-‐cultural, as well as cross-‐professional partnership. The workshop will conclude with a brief discussion about the crucial role that social workers play as humanitarian efforts spread across professional sectors.
Workshop Session 1 A Call to Action: UN Human Rights Conventions and the Social Work Response Aviva Ron Student Life Coordinator, University of Connecticut Sarah Petela, MSW Project Coordinator, CT Coalition to End Homelessness While the UN Conventions may seem to be a far off and abstract idea, in truth they are some of the most important documents social workers can use within advocacy efforts. In many cases, girls health and well being is the foundation for assessing the rest of society as girls are considered the most vulnerable population. As such, this workshop will be an interactive dialogue about the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its importance to the field of Social Work. Social workers will explore HOW they can apply international conventions to their own practice.
Speak Your Truth: Empowering Urban Youth through Hip-‐Hop and Spoken Word Cait Miner, MSW Candidate, University of Pennsylvania In this workshop we will explore some of the major challenges facing urban, at-‐risk youth today and discuss the importance of providing vehicles for youth voice and advocacy with particular focus on spoken word poetry and hip hop as platforms for expression, empowerment, and social change. Using several videos as entrance points, we will explore the pressing issues facing youth today and how expression can lead to greater levels of individual and collective transformation. Participants in the workshop will be asked to engage in improvisational activities, writing exercises, small group discussions, and video analysis in order to truly understand how poetry, and in turn other art forms, is an important tool for empowerment.
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Workshop Session 2 Preparing Social Work Students for International Careers Andrea Bediako International Program Coordinator Council on Social Work Education The interdisciplinary nature of the field of social work makes its graduates uniquely qualified for international and humanitarian careers. However, due to the increasing popularity of this field, which attracts professionals from a variety of disciplines, it is highly competitive and hiring managers may not immediately recognize the benefits of having a social worker on their staff. This presentation will draw upon research conducted by social work academics who analyzed international job postings to highlight the compatibility of social work skills with humanitarian jobs. Key words and concepts will be identified to include in job applications. This presentation will also examine complimentary skills such as foreign language, topical/regional knowledge, and post-‐graduate educational opportunities that will enhance a social work graduate’s marketability when pursuing an international career. Non-‐Communicable Diseases and UN Advocacy efforts Ariella Rojhani Advocacy Coordinator The NCD Alliance This workshop will discuss non-‐communicable diseases (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, and other conditions) and the recent UN High-‐level Meeting on NCDs. In this workshop participants will learn how to navigate the UN system as a advocate as well as learn advocacy strategies, capacity building, lessons learned by civil society, and the applicability to the interests of the GSWSC attendees.
A Theory of Social Change: Discussion on how Liberation Theology Parallels Social Work Practice Phillip J. Lovett, BSW University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work This activity will create an open discussion on how liberation theology may aid social workers with empowering their clients in direct service and community practice settings. From Priest Gustavo Gutiérrez’s scholarship of liberation theology, practitioners are more capable to form a positive association between these concepts and the social work profession’s core values. Furthermore, practitioners’ analysis of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero’s historic application of liberation theology extends a deeper understanding of its ability to empower vulnerable and ostracized communities. Lastly, social workers will discuss strategies on how to introduce this intervention into their professional services. International Social Work in Action: The Practical Field-‐level Application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Amy Bess, MSW Senior Practice Associate, Human Rights & International Affairs National Association of Social Workers Every day, social workers are applying their values, principles and skills while working with children in humanitarian aid settings. This session will cover the types of programs that are implemented in humanitarian aid and emergency settings to address the rights of children as outlined in the CRC, the role of social workers in implementing those programs and how international legal frameworks such as the CRC come into play. Participants will engage in active conversation and explore the intersections of social work, culture, tradition, and universal human rights. 10
Workshop Session 2 Global Movements Using Social Media to Protect Vulnerable Women, Children & Families Soofia Tahir, MSW Candidate Janis McDaid Ikeda, MSW Candidate Patricia Lundgren, MSW Candidate Melanie Krutzel, BSW Candidate Rutgers University School of Social Work This presentation will provide information on global movements and initiatives in social work and social welfare strengthening that are rooted in, or make effective use of, social media. Special emphasis will be placed on initiatives related to human trafficking. The workshop will discuss ways that social media is used by social workers and their agencies, in practice areas such as awareness raising, advocacy, policy influence, service delivery, and information sharing. A number of examples, including Not For Sale, The Girl Effect, Crowdrise, and Women Journalists without Chains, among others, will be discussed. Also covered will be ways that students can get involved in social media based efforts in their personal and professional lives. Refugee Resettlement in the US, the promise of tomorrow, the realities of today Neetu Mahil Program Manager, Child and Youth Protection and Development International Rescue Committee The United States accepts more refugees than any other country in the world, but financial support for those refugees is not nearly adequate. Moreover adpating to a new life in an American city can be immensely difficult for refugees from diverse backgrounds. What role do voluntary organizations like the IRC play in preparing newly arriving refugees for resettlement in the US? This talk will focus on the importance of awareness raising and the crucial role that caseworkers play in helping refugees in their resettlement.
The Juvenile Justice System: A Revolving Door Nicole Grunstein MSW Candidate Touro College There are approximately one million juveniles incarcerated worldwide. Adolescents of today are the voices of tomorrow, delinquents not only have their physical bodies locked up, but their voices as well. Therefore, these rates of incarceration pose a serious problem for community development, civil society, as well as families, individuals and communities. This workshop will focus on the necessity for better reintegration programs that prevent these youth from going through the revolving door of the penal system. A reintegration program should include help with housing, educational opportunities, support groups, and careers for adolescents making their way back into society. This workshop will present data on juvenile incarceration globally, with examples of reintegration programs currently implemented in diverse countries worldwide. We will focus specifically on the role that social workers can play in such programs, including community based programs and services. The workshop will present information about approaches to reintegration in countries and their effectiveness, as well as identifying best practices that may have universal application. Attendees will become informed of the many ways in which social workers are needed in juvenile’s lives during this transitional period and how they can be of assistance in creating reintegration programs that are built on a strengths based perspective. Attendees will also learn about different ways to advocate for juvenile delinquents as a disenfranchised group.
Workshop Session 2 Yeah Man! We Are Jamaica: Cultural Competence in Social Work Samuel J. Hickson MSW Candidate, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Since its inception, social work has long stood as a profession built on the philosophy of meeting the client where they are. Largely, this philosophy takes into account the ecological factors, one being culture, that affects the way we as humans behave. Also known as cultural competence, social workers have been trained to recognize how thoughts can be affected by culture. The question which remains is, what does it mean to have cultural competence and how can it be applied in practice? In this workshop we will look into what it means to have cultural competence by looking at a case study of Jamaican popular culture. Specifically, this workshop will look at elements of music, dance, and folklore to help understand cultural competence and the challenges created from looking at these elements from one perspective (i.e. western) versus a global perspective. Additionally, we will examine how the lessons learned from the case study of Jamaica can be applied cross-‐culturally. In this workshop we will challenge our own personal biases by looking at our personal experiences and how they can affect practice. Lastly, this workshop will talk about how to overcome these biases while keeping in mind culture on both a micro and macro level and how social work students can get involved with promoting cultural competence in their own communities.
Social Work in the Contexts of Political and Military Conflicts (Burma/Myanmar Case study) Kyaw Sit Naing BSW Student, University of Wisconsin-‐Madison My presentation focuses on the strategies which social workers can utilize on a variety of levels to address the impact of complicated politics and military conflicts. As a political asylee from Burma, I will point out how civilians suffer emotional and physical stress, fear, competing national and religious identities and other challenges as they fight for their self-‐determination and survival. With a desire to promote human rights and social justice for all who have been impacted, I will share my summer experience of working with Burmese migrants in Thailand as well as my current field work assisting Burmese refugees resettled in Milwaukee, WI. On the macro level, my presentation will also highlight the need to raise the consciousness of social workers about such issues in a world afflicted by violent political and military conflict. Social work students can promote peaceful regime change by joining and supporting efforts of activists groups (laborers, farmers, religious groups, underground media ) in exercising non-‐violence actions, while managing risks of self and others and being cautious about confrontation with the military regime. Even though human needs are high during conflict, social services may be non-‐existent or in decline. If there is regime change, as in the recent Arab Spring uprisings, or when there is positive change occurring such as in Mynamar, social workers have an opportunity to work within the region strengthening social services and civil society.
Workshop Session 2 Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Pamela Kraft Executive Director Tribal Link Foundation Since 1993, Tribal Link Foundation has worked with indigenous communities around the world, facilitating their efforts to speak for themselves in the international arena. Over the past decade, Tribal Link has worked in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and acquired special consultative status on indigenous issues in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Pamela Kraft, Tribal Link's Executive Director, will give an informative briefing on Tribal Link's work and current projects with indigenous communities in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and capacity building. The briefing will also address how Tribal Link facilitates linkages for indigenous communities to the United Nations.
The Global Agenda 2012 Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW Professor of Practice/President International Federation of Social Workers Christian Rollet, President, International Council on Social Welfare Angelina Yuen, President, International Association of Schools of Social Work Along with the other Tripartite leaders, to conduct a discussion on the Global Agenda at the student conference prior to UN SW Day 2012.It is our vision to provide social work students with a platform to share ideas, collaborate and enhance their knowledge of the Global Agenda as it relates to social work practice and social development. Women's roles in capacity building: Learning from best practices in the field Marciana Popescu Associate Professor Fordham University This workshop will explore the dimensions of vulnerability affecting women and girls around the world, and identify factors contributing to women's resilience, and the transition from victims to empowered community leaders. Women's empowerment strategies will be explored -‐ discussing the role of women's empowerment in preventing sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and further victimization of women. Beyond the individual stories, we will explore patterns of empowerment, and the larger impact of women on local communities, socio-‐economic development, and preventive large-‐scale strategies of change.
Workshop Locations Room
In the realm of Abled-‐ness
Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations
The Cost of Sugar: Modern Day Slavery in Santo Domingo and the Power of Students to Fight Social Injustices
Yeah Man! We Are Jamaica: Cultural Competence in Social Work
Launch Your International Career with Peace Corp
A Theory of Social Change: Discussion on how Liberation Theology Parallels Social Work Practice
Statelessness: no right to have rights
Social Work in the Contexts of Political and Military Conflicts (Burma/Myanmar Case study)
Keeping Your Word
Global Movements Using Social Media to Protect Vulnerable Women, Children & Families
Speak Your Truth: Empowering Urban Youth through Hip-‐Hop and Spoken Word
International Social Work in Action: The Practical Field-‐level Application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
4 Ways You Can Use Social Media to Change the World
Refugee Resettlement in the US, the promise of tomorrow, the realities of today
From Three Weak Pillars to a New Foundation: Solving global problems through Sustainable Development
The Global Agenda 2012
HIV/AIDS and LGBT youth
The Juvenile Justice System: A Revolving Door
Global South-‐North Linkages on Environmental and Climate Justice
Non-‐Communicable Diseases and UN Advocacy efforts
A Call to Action: UN Human Rights Conventions and the Social Work Response
Women's roles in capacity building: Learning from best practices in the field
12th Floor Main Conference Room
Making Economics Work For Us: A Human Rights and Feminist Perspective
Preparing Social Work Students for International Careers
Workshop Facilitator Biographies GARY BAILEY, MSW, ACSW Professor of Practice/President, IFSW Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA from the Eliot Pearson School of Child Study at Tufts University in 1977; and his MSW from Boston University School of Social Work in1979. He is currently a Professor of Practice at the Simmons College School of Social Work; he also holds an appointment as a Professor of Practice at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences. He holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. Professor Bailey was elected in 2010 President of the International Federation of Social Workers. He is the first person of color to hold this post and only the third North American to do so. In 2010 he was appointed to the Council of Social Work Educations (CSWE) Global Commission. He previously had served on the board of the North American and Caribbean Association of Schools of Social Work representing CSWE. MARGOT BARUCH Program Coordinator, Center for Women's Global Leadership
Margot Baruch is the Program Coordinator at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), and currently supports and maintains CWGL's work on economic and social rights through a feminist lens and coalition building. Her work includes advocacy at the United Nations as well as the development of student trainings and programming for the UN Commission on the Status of Women. In addition, Margot is developing CWGL's training module on the intersections of macroeconomics and human rights as well as popular education materials that address this topic. In 2006, Margot spent time in El Salvador as a Peace Corps volunteer and once home volunteered from 2007 to 2009 at a local Rape Crisis Center as a Confidential Sexual Assault Advocate. Margot earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies with a minor in Spanish from Rutgers University -‐ New Brunswick and holds a Master of Science in Global Affairs from Rutgers University -‐ Newark. A recipient of the National Council for Research on Women’s fellowship for the next generation of women non-‐profit leaders, Margot is working towards attaining her PhD in Global Affairs at Rutgers University with a focus on human rights. ANDREA BEDIAKO International Program Coordinator, Council on Social Work Education Andrea Bediako is the international program coordinator at the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In that role, she promotes international social work to the broader international development community and has organized workshops and panels in Hong Kong and Bangladesh on disaster management, a focus area of the Kendall Institute. She has previously worked at InterAction, the Aspen Institute, and the International Republican Institute. She also volunteered with a small humanitarian organization, Promotion et Développment Humain (PDH) in Togo, West Africa. Her article on pursing an international career was published in the May 2010 edition of Monthly Developments. In 2011, she gave presentations on the same topic at the Fourth Conference on International Social Work at the University of Southern California and the CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN), Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM), and also volunteers with Women for Women International in Washington, DC.Andrea received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public administration with a 15 concentration in international development from Michigan State University.
Workshop Facilitator Biographies AMY BESS, MSW Senior Practice Associate, Human Rights & International Affairs, National Association of Social Workers Amy Bess is a Senior Practice Associate in the Human Rights & International Affairs Division of the National Association of Social Workers. She has 20 years of program and management experience with international non-‐ profit organizations. Prior to joining NASW, she designed, implemented and evaluated emergency response and community development programs for vulnerable children in Africa, Asia and the Balkans, focusing on the psychosocial well-‐being and protection of children and youth affected by armed conflict. She has also managed US-‐ based refugee resettlement programs. She has an MSW in community organization and administration from the University of Michigan.
ANYA BRIGGS MSW Candidate, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Anya Briggs is a first year Master's student at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Though originally from south Florida, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. From experiences traveling to developing nations, Anya has found a passion for international social development. She recently returned from a trip to Bangladesh where she and twelve other students were able to speak to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus about the concept of social business. She has since developed an interest in sustainable development and has been taking a class on sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Anya will be returning to Bangladesh this summer to intern at Grameen Bank and work with the University of Dhaka's Department of Development Studies.
SAMUEL J. HICKSON MSW Candidate, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Samuel Hickson is a current second-‐year student at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences studying Community and Social Development. Before moving to Cleveland, Samuel obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from The College at Brockport, State University of New York in Sociology specializing in Globalization, Social Anthropology, Caribbean Dancing, and African Literature. These experiences led Samuel to travel to many islands in the Caribbean and Central America where he obtained a better understanding of the effects of poverty and disease on an international level and how social work can affect change by bridging the gap between worlds. Currently, Samuel’s interests/expertise is in collecting oral histories of migrant farm workers that he hopes to continue post his studies at MSASS toward obtaining his doctoral degree in Cognitive Anthropology. Specifically, Samuel hopes to use his understanding of the migration experience to understand trauma and culture shock in hopes of developing programs to help immigrants acclimate to new surroundings without forgoing their original ideologies and belief systems. Additionally, Samuel also specializes in understanding the effects of disease on low-‐income communities. Currently, Samuel works as an intern at The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.
Workshop Facilitator Biographies JOYCE HUNTER, DSW Research Scientist/Assistant Professor, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, NYSPI Joyce Hunter has been a human rights activist, researcher, clinician for 30+ years, focusing on issues of youth, women, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT communities. A Research Scientist, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, she is Principal Investigator, "Working It Out," HIV prevention for LGB adolescents. She is also Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Public Health, Dept. of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University. As founding member, the Hetrick-‐Martin Institute, and co-‐founder HMI’s Harvey Milk School, she served as Director/Clinical Supervisor, Social Work Services, doing casework and developing programs for youth. Dr. Hunter has conducted clinical trainings and workshops for professionals and students across disciplines. She is widely published and serves as a reviewer/editorial board member of related journals and was Consulting Editor of the Encyclopedia of AIDS. As a founding member, International Women’s AIDS Caucus (IAWC), Dr. Hunter has been coordinating meetings and symposiums on women and girls issues at the last several World AIDS Conferences. Dr. Hunter is also co-‐founder, Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW), and member, the NY NGO HIV Committee 2012. JANIS IKEDA MSW Candidate, Rutgers University School of Social Work Janis Ikeda will graduate in May from the Rutgers University School of Social Work with an MSW in the Nonprofit Public Management track with an Area of Emphasis in International Relations. She is an intern at the Center for International Social Work and is employed part time as a program assistant/grant writer for the Rutgers Upward Bound program. She is interested in health care and international development work, particularly in the field of primary care.
SHAUN KING Founder and CEO, HopeMob A techie-‐humanitarian, Shaun King is widely regarded as one of today’s leading voices on how social media and a little bit of courage can make our world a radically better place. He speaks a message of hope and action over 150 times a year, has appeared in dozens of national press outlets, and is the founder of TwitChange, aHomeInHaiti, Courageous Church in Atlanta, GA,and HopeMob. Shaun is married to his high school sweetheart, Rai, and they proudly home-‐school and travel with their four young children. Oh yeah, Shaun is also a walking miracle (w/ pictures to prove it :-‐)
Workshop Facilitator Biographies SEBASTIAN KÖHN Program Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative Sebastian Köhn is program officer for the Equality and Citizenship program of the Open Society Justice Initiative. Sebastian holds a master's degree in conflict, security, and development from King's College London. He also has a bachelor's degree in international relations and history from the London School of Economics. At the Justice Initiative, Kohn’s work focuses on statelessness and the right to nationality. He carries out research on the dimensions and scale of statelessness around the world, and advocates in favor of an affirmative right to nationality for all people, as well as better protections for those who are stateless. PAMELA KRAFT Executive Director, Tribal Link Foundation Pamela Kraft is the Founder & Executive Director of Tribal Link Foundation, which aims to link indigenous peoples to information, media, resources, and relevant events and networks, with a special focus on the United Nations system since 1993. Tribal Link, a non-‐governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), works in close collaboration with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN agencies including UNDP, UNEP, indigenous peoples’ organizations, and other institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, to produce over 200 programs and events to date. Tribal Link’s current programs include Indigenous Entrepreneurship; Maasai Girls’ Education, and Project Access, which supports the training and participation of indigenous people’s in international meetings where decisions are made that affect their rights, cultures and livelihoods. MELANIE KRUTZEL BSW Candidate, Rutgers University
Melanie Krutzel is an undergraduate social work student at Rutgers University. She is currently an intern with the Rutgers Center for International Social Work, President of the Undergraduate Social Work Organization, President of the Rutgers Visionary Lions Club, and Vice President of the Rutgers Chapter of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. She has interest in health care and welfare and has been enjoying her work with international social issues. Melanie plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Masters of Social Work and plans to concentrate in macro-‐ level practice. PHUONG Q. LE MSW Candidate, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Phuong Q. Le is a first-‐year MSW candidate at Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, concentrating on Community & Social Development. Before graduate school, she went to Connecticut College, travelled in Europe, completed a short-‐term position with UN-‐HABITAT, and most proudly, directed an unforgettable summer camp for children with intellectual disabilities. Originally from Vietnam, she wishes to expand the learning and practice of social work in the country; encourage social initiatives, and set forth to grassroots organizing.
Workshop Facilitator Biographies PHILLIP J. LOVETT, BSW University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work
Mr. Phillip James Lovett attends University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, where he specializes in Social Action and Community Development with concentrations in Management and Community Organization and Clinical Studies. Furthermore, Mr. Lovett is currently receiving training as a Baltimore City Neighborhood Fellow from University of Maryland, Baltimore Social Work Community Outreach Services. Also, Mr. Lovett has completed a study abroad opportunity in El Salvador, where he learned about locality development from a nonprofit organization, Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (English translation: Center for Exchange and Solidarity). PATRICIA LUNDGREN MSW Candidate, Rutgers University School of Social Work
Patricia Lundgren is an MSW student specializing in Nonprofit and Public Management at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Caldwell College. She is completing an area of emphasis in international social work, and is focusing on social entrepreneurship, social development, poverty alleviation, and microenterprise as integral components of her studies. This year, Patricia is interning at the Center for International Social Work, a Rutgers University research center. She is an active member of the Network for Social Work Managers, where she serves on a planning committee. This year, Patricia will be presenting a poster on social welfare workforce strengthening at the Network’s annual conference. She is a chartering member of the Rutgers Visionary Lion’s Campus Club, where she serves on a housing program committee. Patricia was also a participant on the Rutgers University study abroad program in Cluj-‐Napoca, Romania. NEETU MAHIL Program Manager, Child and Youth Protection and Development, International Rescue Committee
After graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a Masters in International Affairs and Economics, Neetu worked for the World Bank consulting on South Asian Infrastructure Development. Wanting to have a more direct impact, she began volunteering with the International Rescue Committee near her home in Washington D.C to assist refugee resettling in the United States. Since joining the IRC HQ office in NYC, she has been working as a manager of the child and youth protection and development unit. She is passionate about refugee resettlement and keeps contact with several of her former clients.
ASHLEY MARYYANEK BSW Candidate, Anna Maria College
Ashley Maryyanek is a Senior Social Work student at Anna Maria College. She is a current member of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society along with being a student representative on the Social Work Advisory Board at Anna Maria College. Ashley was recently accepted to Boston University School of Social Work with Advanced Standing status and plans to specialize in trauma. She has experience in the Mental/Behavior Health Field and working with the developmentally disabled. Ashley actively engages in humanitarian and international work with the Batey Foundation in Santo Domingo, with dedication to working with oppressed and marginalized populations, along with the promotion of social justice.
Workshop Facilitator Biographies CAIT MINER MSW Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Cait Miner is the Director of Educational Affairs at Philly Youth Poetry Movement, a non-‐profit organization committed to helping the youth of Philadelphia discover the power of their voices through spoken word and literary expression. She teaches English and Creative Writing in the School District of Philadelphia. She is currently an MSW student at the University of Pennsylvania. KYAW SIT NAING BSW Candidate, University of Wisconsin-‐Madison Kyaw Sit Naing was born on October 10th, 1988 in Burma/Myanmar after the 8888 uprising. Because of his grandfather's imprisonment due to his political activism and because of their belonging to the Asho Chin minority ethnic group in Burma, and their Christian faith, his family was often watched and interrogated. Since there are no human rights and freedom as well as no future and equality at all in Burma/Myanmar, he escaped from Burma to the United States in 2006 when he was 17. He was granted asylum in 2007. He was involved with a lot of political activities in California to support the Burmese community, especially in the Bay Area. To that end, Kyaw is pursuing the career of a social worker specializing in the needs of refugees and also to become a positive agent of political change for my homeland through enabling Burmese people to see a better future, to appreciate their differences, and to draw strength from those differences while moving forward to a better quality of life. He is currently a senior BSW student and double majoring in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since September 2011, he has been doing an internship at Lutheran Social Services Refugee Resettlement agency in Milwaukee to promote the welfare of Burmese refugees and asylum seekers across Milwaukee, WI. JACQUI PATTERSON Director, Environmental and Climate Justice, NAACP Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP. Most recently a global women’s rights consultant, Jacqui Patterson has enjoyed a fulfilling career working in the capacities of researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator for an organization she co-‐founded, Women of Color United. Previously, Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she ensured the integration of a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Prior to this she served as Assistant Vice-‐President of HIV/AIDS Programs for Interchurch Medical Assistance, Inc. providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, as policy analyst for Baltimore City Healthy Start; and Research coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. A returned U.S. Peace Corps Jamaica volunteer, Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Congressional Black Caucus Fellows Alumni Network, The Leadership Circle of the Gender Justice Working Group of the US Social Forum, Co-‐Founder and Coordinator for Women of Color United, the Advisory Committee for The Grandmothers’ Project, the Steering Committee of ATHENA Network, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of the Black 20 World.
Workshop Facilitator Biographies HÉCTOR PÉREZ BSW Candidate, Anna Maria College Hector Perez, a senior BSW student at Anna Maria College who was accepted into Boston University School of Social Work with Advance Standing status. Hector has spent the last several years volunteering internationally in Latin America and this is where he found his true passion for social work. Hector currently is working with an NGO, The Batey Foundation, out of New Hampshire, as the Director of the Scholarship Program, which provides academic scholarships to students living in the former Batey of San Luis. Aside from creating and managing the scholarship program, Hector also works promoting awareness of the social injustices endured by the people living in San Luis and Santo Domingo. This past January, Hector led a group of ten college students in an international social work project which was aimed at raising awareness of the marginalized population of San Luis and to have the students partake in the promotion of community sustainability. Hector's work in the Bateys was featured on the New Social Worker magazine and two newspapers in Massachusetts. Hector's passion for international social work allowed him the opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant for an international social work course which took the students to India in the beginning of March 2012. Hector has also been working in the mental and behavioral health field for the last ten years; this work has ranged from community outreach, working at a Special Education school, residential program, and as a Spanish speaking care coordinators for families who do not speak English. SARAH PETELA, MSW Project Coordinator, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Throughout the course of Sarah’s professional career she has been committed to uplifting disadvantaged communities and empowering individuals to advocate for their basic human rights. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, Sarah worked as a family violence victim advocate at Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven and as a recovery and advocacy advisor working with individuals living with chronic mental illness at Fellowship Place, Inc. She recently graduated with a Master of Social Work degree in Policy Practice with focused areas of study in both urban issues and international social work. In her graduate career, Sarah interned in the Office of Congressman Christopher Murphy, the Office of State Representative Toni Walker, and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work. In 2010, Sarah was elected to serve as the MSW Student Representative on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Board of Directors. Sarah also serves on the Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women Board of Directors and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work Alumni Board of Directors. As a Project Coordinator on the Community Impact Team, Sarah works to further the implementation of plans to end homelessness in both New Haven and Norwalk.
Workshop Facilitator Biographies MARCIANA POPESCU Associate Professor, Fordham University Marciana L. Popescu is an associate professor at Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service. Her main research interests are in the area of violence against women/intimate partner violence. Dr. Popescu’s work on intimate partner violence started in Romania, where she was also part of a taskforce revising the domestic laws on family violence/intimate partner violence (UNICEF Consultancy, 1998-‐2000). She conducted extensive research on the topic of IPV, specifically on comparative policies addressing IPV in Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States (1997-‐2000); on IPV in faith communities (2002-‐2006); and most recently, on the impact of immigration status on women victims of IPV, being undocumented immigrants in the US (2008-‐2010, Westchester Women and Girls Study). Dr. Popescu conducted a number of program evaluation projects, mostly focusing on the effectiveness of federal funding in strengthening human service organizations in general, and faith-‐based organizations in particular to actively participate in capacity building at the community level. Dr. Popescu is also involved in studies focusing on international development and human rights, women’s rights and women’s issues, as well as understanding of collective trauma, and preparing social workers, and development and humanitarian workers around the world to best detect and address it, using participatory approaches. Since November 2010, Dr. Popescu is the director of evaluation for the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development. APRIL RIEGLER Executive Director and Founder, Hope Shines, Inc April Riegler, Executive Director and Founder of Hope Shines, while vacationing in Rwanda in 2007, met a little orphaned girl who in an instant changed the entire course of her life. This little girl only wanted to be held. Her need for love and attention was so deep that April spent the rest of the week thinking about what she could do to provide for this little girl and for others like her. Within a matter of days, she decided to found a mentoring program. April first started with friends and family, asking for advice about their life lessons they learned from their families. Then she talked to other nonprofits asking how they got started. She built a curriculum and started recruiting, fundraising and collecting item donations. Within one year, she returned to Rwanda and with 6 other volunteers launched the first Hope Shines camp in 2008! April learned how to manage and build a nonprofit from eight years of corporate experience in retail buying. She holds a BS from Virginia Tech and an MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons, The New School. She runs Hope Shines on a volunteer basis and without salary. ARIELLA ROJHANI Advocacy Coordinator, The NCD Alliance Ariella Rojhani is the Advocacy Coordinator for The NCD Alliance. Based in New York, she works closely with UN Permanent Missions, non-‐governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to deliver NCDA’s core advocacy messages and develop outreach strategies to raise the visibility of NCDs on the international development agenda. Prior to joining NCDA, she worked as the Program and Communications Adviser for the Global Alliance for Women’s Health. She is a graduate of New York University. 22
Workshop Facilitator Biographies AVIVA RON, MSW Student Life Coordinator, University of Connecticut Aviva graduated from the University of Connecticut School, of Social Work in Community Organization and substantive areas in urban issues, international issues, and women children & families. For 2010-‐2011, she held an internship with the International Association of Social Schools of Social Work where she was involved in the Committee on Social Development and the Working Group on Girls. Currently, Aviva is employed at the University of Connecticut Hillel as a Student Life Coordinator. Her professional interests include girls’ rights to access quality education and children's rights in conflict areas specifically in Israel/Palestine. Outside of academia, Aviva volunteers as a therapeutic riding instructor at an inner city horseback riding stable in Hartford, Ct. CHRISTIAN ROLLET President, International Council on Social Welfare Christian Rollet was elected President of ICSW in 2008 after serving as Treasurer. He is past President of the French Committee of ICSW. Until recently Christian was the General Director of the independent National Social Security Fund for the mines. He graduated from a business school and the National School of Administration. He held different key positions in the French administration for social affairs and in social security institutions. He was President of the Association of School of Public Health in the European region and has extensive experience in international cooperation. SOOFIA TAHIR MSW Candidate, Rutgers University School of Social Work
Soofia Tahir will graduate this May from the Rutgers University MSW program. Currently she is doing her field placement at the Center of International Social Work where her and the other interns focus on the use of technology. She is also a research assistant at the Center for Non-‐Profit Management and Governance. As an undergrad at Rutgers, Soofia double majored in Political Science and English. She had a strong prior interest in International Relations and currently has confirmed her area of emphasis in International Social Work. She hopes to pursue a career focusing on creating programs for vulnerable populations in poverty-‐stricken regions around the globe. ANTHONY TRUJILLO Regional Recruiter; Returned Volunteer Mongolia, Ukraine, Peace Corps
Anthony Trujillo is Regional Recruiter for Peace Corps’ New York Office. He served as a Peace Corps Education/Community Development Volunteer in Mongolia from 2005-‐2007 and in Ukraine from 2007-‐2008. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Darkhan, Mongolia, Anthony worked as an English teacher in a secondary school where he taught students from 5th to 10th grade, facilitated teacher training activities, and coordinated youth development projects. Some of the community/youth development issues he addressed were: HIV/AIDS, Human Trafficking, Student Leadership and Environmental concerns. Transferring to Ukraine, he continued working as an English teacher at a community college in the town of Bohuslav located in Central Ukraine. In addition to teaching, he worked to enhance Peace Corps’ training program for new volunteers. Anthony says his Peace Corps experience changed him in profound ways. “My service in Peace Corps allowed me to work out ideas of service, in everyday, tangible ways. It showed me that meaningful and sustainable community development work needs to be solidly grounded in strong local relationships and partnerships. Service requires the dynamic combination of passion, skill, and partnership. 23
Workshop Facilitator Biographies C.J. WOODS MSW Candidate, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences C.J. Woods was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1989. He lived there for 9 years, then moved to Turlock, California, a predominantly Latino, agricultural area. He continued school on the economically depressed West Side of the city. He lived there for 13 years and moved to Pasadena in Southern California. He attended undergrad at Azusa Pacific University for four years, and received a degree in Social Work (BSW). He was recently accepted into Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences graduate social work program and will graduate in August 2012. His concentration is Community and Social Development. His experience includes working for the Pasadena Social Service Office, working with low-‐income and homeless clients. Currently, C.J. is working at Slavic Village Development, a community development corporation. Some of his duties include community engagement, data collection, grant writing, community building, and supervising undergraduate students at a local university. He has an interest in working internationally with the United Nations, in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs or a related department, or another organization with international connections.
ANGELINA YUEN President, International Association of Schools of Social Work
Professor Angelina Yuen is Vice President (Institutional Advancement and Partnership) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). Professor Yuen completed a bachelor degree in social science, MSW, MEd and Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work and Social Administration). Professor Yuen was President of the Hong Kong Social Workers Association (2000 – 2004) and has served as a board member of numerous Government commissions, NGOs and charitable foundations; these include the Social Workers Registration Board, Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong Press Council, Commission on Strategic Development, Election Committee, Keswick Foundation, Community Investment and Inclusion Fund, and Ping Wo Fund. She was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2002 and received the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008. In the international arena, Professor Yuen is a key player in international social development. She was elected President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work in July 2008. She has been involved in various other international organisations including the Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work, International Consortium for Social Development, the China-‐Europa Forum and World Vision.
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