January 19, 2021

Updated: March 9, 2021 — A nine-part lecture series, Leading Lights: UW Social Work Innovators on Creating Systemic Change, designed to spotlight some of the School’s most noted scholars who are driving systemic social change, begins January 28 at 3:30 p.m. 

The speaker series was created by Eddie Uehara, Ballmer Endowed Dean in Social Work, as a special offering for first-year MSW students. “Our incoming students have entered the School in extraordinarily challenging times,” said Uehara. “The series will introduce them to some of our inspirational faculty who have made foundational contributions to the field and represent the best of our teaching and scholarship.” Although the speaker series is designed for MSW students in the entering class of 2020, all students, alumni, staff and the broader social work community are invited to attend via livestream. Following each one-hour lecture, a 30-minute Q&A with the speaker for entering-year only MSW students will be held. The nine one-hour lectures will take place throughout 2021, with a summer break. 

Join us on April 22 at 3:30 p.m. for a presentation by doctoral candidate Vern Harner, UW Excellence in Teaching Award recipeint for innovations in trans and disability-rights education. Harner’s presentation, Critical Social Work and the Duty to Stay Present, reflects on their role as a nonbinary German-American scholar and shares a call to action for social workers to persist in the disruption of the status quo in pursuit of shared liberation for “multiply marginalized” communities. RSVP today!

Our final speaker for this academic year is Gino Aisenberg, co-director and founder of the Latino Center for Health, on Thursday, May 27.

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