Director’s Welcome Note – Fall 2020
Dear SDSU School of Social Work Community,
Welcome to the Fall semester of 2020! We hope that all of you had a restful, healthy, safe, and wonderful summer! Though we begin our new academic year in a very different manner, we are so excited to see our new incoming students (in undergraduate Social Work and Gerontology programs, MSW graduate, and Joint Doctoral Programs) joining our School, and also our returning students coming back safe and healthy. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our Spring semester of 2020 made our educational program look so different from our normal campus life. As it still ravages the nation and globe, we start our new academic year in the SDSU Flex plan.
Added to the challenges of the pandemic is increased attention and call to fight against systematic and chronic racism in the wake of Mr. George Floyd. Our nation has witnessed so much pain and outcries against acts of brutality and insensitivity. Our School prepared and issued the Statement on Social Justice in June 2020 to take part in the movement to reduce and end racism and proposed specific actions. One by one, our School is now taking such steps throughout this academic year. …… (continues)
Meet our new faculty, Dr. Lauren Willner!
She joins us from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Willner completed her PhD in Social Welfare at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2017. Her research focuses on the nonprofit sector, specifically social justice and social change organizations. Social justice is at the forefront of Dr. Willner’s research and practice, and she is committed to garnering greater understanding about how the models that nonprofit organizations embrace can be strengthened to achieve greater positive results for clients and communities. By conducting research that favors an interdisciplinary and critical approach to organizational inquiry, …. (continues)
Dr. Willner will lead our Diversity Talk #1 on “Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory? Transforming Social Work Through Critical Perspectives on Race and Oppression” on October 1, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm).
Congratulations, Prof. Paul Brazzel!
Field Faculty and Pupil Personnel Services Credential Coordinator for SDSU’s School of Social Work, Paul Brazzel, LCSW, PPSC will be the new President of the California Association of School Social Workers (CASSW). The CASSW is an organization comprised of a volunteer board of professional school social workers from across California. CASSW is dedicated to promoting the professional development of school social workers in order to enhance the educational experiences of students and their families. CASSW is an independent organization that is affiliated with the National Association of School Social Workers (NASW)- CA Chapter and has status as a School Social Work Council by virtue of membership in NASW.
Price Mental Health MSW Scholarship Recipients (2020-2021)
The City Heights Master of Social Work (MSW) Scholarship is a collaboration between the SDSU School of Social Work and Price Philanthropies. It was created in response to the growing need to support a bilingual, culturally-responsive social work workforce. This scholarship will provide support services and tuition assistance to two students for two years in the MSW direct practice concentration, who have experience living and/or working in City Heights, qualify for financial assistance, and are passionate about serving the City Heights community. (Not pictured: Nyakoach Lam)
Congratulations to the new MSW Cohort from SDSU-Imperical Valley (IV) Campus!
We extend our warm welcome to the new MSW cohort at SDSU-IV (2020-2022)! This year, we have a group of energetic and engaging students, and they already have a student organization, “Students of Social Work Association” going, and published its first newsletter with us! Please take a look at the first newsletter here to see all the things taking place in the Imperial Valley!
Social-Emotional Learning, Trauma-Informed Practice and Community Engagement Internships – City Heights Schools-Pilot Project and its 10 MSW stipend students
Prof. Silvia Barragan from the School of Social Work leads City Heights Master of Social Work (MSW) Intern Field Unit on Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practice, along with Profs. Amanda Lee and Paul Brazzel. The field internships are “service learning” opportunities. A total of 10 MSW students have received stipends that will maximize drawing from the best of the best, ideally students from City Heights, who are pursuing their MSW. This will build capacity within the City Heights community and the interns will serve as role models to encourage others to pursue higher education. The interns will be Advanced year with a Direct Practice emphasis, and also pursuing their Pupil Personnel Services Credential which requires a school internship and field instruction from a PPSC-holding social worker.
The 10 MSW Socio-Emotional Learning stipend students are Nora Cardona, Gloria Guzman, Ann Huynh, Marissa Meza, Ruby Naranjo, Emily Azadnia, Eric Chavez, Miguel Duarte, Brenda Garcia, and Katherine Winstead. Congratulations to Prof. Barragan and our 10 MSW students!
Selected Faculty Publications (2019-2020)
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