Happy Social Work Month!

"Social Work Breaks Barriers"

Social Work Month is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work. This year's theme is Social Work Breaks Barriers.

Throughout March, take some time to learn more about the many positive contributions of the profession, and use the items in the official NASW toolkit to celebrate all the social workers you know.

Students are invited to enter the Harris Library's raffle to win Social Work Month-themed prizes—enter in-person at the library or by email (raffle winners will be notified by email at the end of March).

Join the Mandel School at these Social Work Month events:

Impact Talks

Wednesdays in March | 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Noble Commons / Livestream

Join the Mandel School for our 2023 Impact Talk series—four excellent opportunities to be inspired by our faculty and their specializations. The events will be held in Noble Commons and via livestream, and be recorded for viewing on the Mandel School's YouTube channel. Current Mandel School students can receive one PD hour for each Impact Talk they attend. One CEU will be offered for everyone else. Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees, and prizes will be raffled off to those attending online and in-person (two 10-inch Samsung Galaxy tablets and four bluetooth wireless earbuds).

March 1

Addiction as a False Survival Instinct
Lecturer Richard Romaniuk

March 8

Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) in Data Sciences for Social Impact
Research Associate Professor Francisca García-Cobián Richter

March 22

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: The Need for Affirming Care across the Behavioral and Mental Health Care Systems 
Associate Professor Dana Prince

March 29

America the Beautiful and Violent: The Response of Social Work to Anti-Black Racism
Dean Dexter Voisin

School Social Work Week

March 5–11

The School Social Work Association of America collects and shares resources to help school social workers celebrate during this special week. This year's theme is We Rise—school social workers rise up to support their students, families and school communities; share hope; listen and understand; challenge inequities; and support all students.

CRISP Student Advocacy Day

Thursday, March 9 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Virtual

The Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) connects hundreds of social work students with Capitol Hill so they may engage with the federal government through meetings with congressional offices and staff.

Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare

Wednesday, March 15

The Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare facilitates collaboration and communication among social workers, human service professionals, consumers of social welfare benefits and clients of social services concerning the need for effective social policies.

Social Work Month Student Networking Event

Thursday, March 16 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Zoom

All social work students are invited to this special Social Work Month networking event. Meet fellow advocates from across the country, expand your social work toolkit and win some social work swag.

World Social Work Day

Tuesday, March 21

On the third Tuesday in March every year, a global organization of social workers come together for social justice, human rights and social development all through the promotion of best practices in social work. This year’s theme, Respecting diversity through joint social action, stems from the People’s Charter for a New Eco Social World and recognizes that change happens locally through our diverse leader communities.

NASW Ohio Chapter Advocacy Day

Tuesday, March 21 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Columbus, OH

Every March during Social Work Month, the NASW Ohio Chapter hosts Advocacy Day to connect social workers to their state legislators. It's a time to promote our profession and issues that impact our clients. Join over 600 social workers and social work students for a day of action and learn how to be an effective advocate and meet with your state representatives' and senators' offices.

Lunch and Learn: LGBT Center Pronoun Workshop

Tuesday, March 21 | 1 to 1:50 p.m. | Mandel Center Room 115 / Zoom

First-year MSW student Harley French and CWRU LGBT Center Assistant Director Mailey Lorio for an interactive workshop covering everything you need to know about pronouns. We'll discuss:

  • What are pronouns?
  • What are gender neutral and neopronouns?
  • How do I use gender neutral and neopronouns?
  • Why are pronouns important?

Feel free to bring a bagged lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Social Workers Break Barriers in Health Care

Wednesday, March 22 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Webinar

The Center for Health and Social Care Integration and Rush Social Work Grand Rounds are co-hosting a webinar discussing national initiatives exploring the role of social workers in improving health and health equity.

Social Work Day at the United Nations

Monday, April 3 | 10 a.m. to Noon | United Nations, NYC

This year's topic is Creating a More Inclusive World: Overcoming Barriers to EnABLE Environments. Mandel School students can participate either in-person or online. Registration is required for both of these events. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Farkas for more information.

For more details, check out the Mandel School Events Calendar.

Are we missing any events? Let us know at mandelschoolnews@case.edu.