HSU Department of Social Work hosts "100 Years in Radical Social Work"

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the Department of Social Work at Humboldt State University hosted “100 Years of Radical Social Work” in the Goodwin Forum.  The event was coordinated by a planning committee comprised of Dr. Cesar Abarca, Dr. Jennifer Maguire, Rebecca Cacciari, and Corina Martinez.

“100 Years of Radical Social Work” was part of the College of Professional Studies’ Showcase Month in April for HSU’s Centennial Celebration. The celebration included a speaker series, open houses, forums, and receptions highlighting the college’s various departments and majors in honor of Humboldt State’s first 100 years.

Dr. Ronnie Swartz, Department Chair, and Sheri Johnson MSW, Director of Field Education, began with an introduction of the department and its history, followed by a presentation by social work students Marialuisa Torres (BASW) and Porscha Cobbs (MSW), and Dr. Cesar Abarca highlighting historical moments of radical social work over the past century and the field’s commitment to serving marginalized and oppressed communities.  Dr. Michael Yellowbird, Social Work Professor and co-author of the recent book “Decolonizing Social Work,” made closing remarks.

Stephanie Weldon, HSU MSW alum, was honored at the event with the HSU Department of Social Work 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award for making significant contributions to our local communities.