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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  

Nicole Fink  

University of  Connecticut,  IASSW  Intern  

Eva Lessinger  

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)  

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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    

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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.  

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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.      


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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  

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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.      


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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.          


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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  

Session 1  

Session 2  


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.    


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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.    


Special Thanks!   The  2012  GSWSC  Planning   Committee  would  like  to   recognize  the  following   individuals  for  all  of  their   efforts  and  hard  work  in  the   development  of  the  2012   Global  Social  Work  Student   Conference.      

Dean Peter  Vaughan   Eileen  Corcoran   Elaine  Congress   Evelina  Pangalangan Jade  De Saussure Janice  Wood-­‐Wetzel   Marcia  Wallace   Michael  Cronin   Moira  Curtain   Rebecca  Davis   Robin  Mama   Rosa  Resnick   Anne  Hill   Bing  Ji   Brittney  Wagner   Cristina  Velez   Elaine  Kim   Erin  Oleynek   Jacqueline  Sinclair   Katie  Nickerson   Kurt  Kolhmann   Marian  Pho   Nishita  Sheth   Rio  Comaduran   Samantha  Ablaza   Sara  Billings   Seiya  Fukuda   Shannon  Bali   Victoria  LaRue    


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The Global  Social  Work  Student  Conference  

2012 Global Social Work Student Conference Program  

2012 Global Social Work Student Conference Program on March 25th at Fordhaum University.

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