Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences: Helping Build Social Work Education in China

Professor M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) is one of seven U.S. schools of social work chosen to help build social work education in China over the next five years.
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The project aims to assist the nation in preparing and graduating 3 million professional social workers by 2020. The Mandel School has partnered with Northwest University in Xian, China. M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor and Professor of Global Health, is leading the Mandel School’s participation in the project.

As part of the collaborative, the Mandel School will host faculty and students from China, and school representatives will travel to China to work with faculty there. Students also may connect via videoconferencing and visits to each campus.

Faculty, staff, and students at the Mandel School hope that this project increases opportunities for future relationships with China in other areas and disciplines.

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New Student Orientation Welcomes International Students from More than 20 Countries

CWRU welcomed 165 international students from 23 countries during International Welcome Days, a two-day event just prior to new student orientation. The program is designed to help international students acclimate to campus and provide resources to create a seamless transition to American culture and higher education. In addition to providing a welcoming transition experience, students are able to participate in programming that focuses on challenges and areas of concern that are specific to international students.
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Workshops included dialogue about practical issues such as immigration regulations, healthcare in the U.S., and academic success at CWRU. Students also enjoyed various social activities including a cultural picnic with cuisine from around the Cleveland area, an American dinner and game night, and an evening at Fun ‘n’ Stuff amusement park. Samantha Novak, First-Year Experience and Family Programs Graduate Assistant, noted the closing activity as a highlight of the program, where students wrote down three of their biggest apprehensions along with one goal they had for the upcoming school year. The students folded their papers into airplanes and let them soar from the top of the new Tinkham Veale University Center.

We wish the class of 2018 all the best with the many exciting experiences and goals ahead of them.

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