Standing Tall Event: "Learning From Our Shared History: The Role of Social Workers in Japanese Internment Camps"

Join us for a discussion to learn about and from our shared history as a profession and generate ideas for practicing with diverse populations within our ethical code on Wednesday, March 1 from 12:50-1:50pm in the Mandel School Room 338. 1 PD hour available.

The National Association of Social Workers recently released a statement opposing the executive order restricting immigration titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” However, the profession of social work has not always been opposed to such discrimination. Did you know that social workers played a key role in the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II?

This workshop will require that participants read the journal article by Park (2008), titled “Facilitating injustice: Tracing the role of social workers in the World War II internment of Japanese Americans."

Objectives: Participants will 1) understand the history of the social work profession’s involvement in the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II; 2) understand the current position of the social work profession on discriminatory practices, particularly those related to race, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin; and 3) identify specific ways that we can use the historical examples and current ethical principles to inform social work practice with diverse populations in politically contentious climates.