Why Consider High School Students in Social Work Reform?

Inaugural Conversation with Mit Joyner, President of NASW; President of the IFSW- North American Region

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Time: 5:00 EST

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Conversation with Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, President/ CEO of Council on Social Work Education

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM EST

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How Can YSocialWork Assist High School Students Transition into College Amidst COVID-19?

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High school students far and wide are one of the most vulnerable groups impacted by COVID-19 but are often overlooked and at risk.

Even worse, the inequalities facing students of color have magnified due to the pandemic, placing them at risk for higher financial, academic, and socioemotional uncertainty.

YSocialWork, Inc. will kick off its High School Student Experiential Classroom in Prince George’s County with a one-hour conversation with high school students interested in a rewarding career in social work, and who are facing individual, familial, and environmental challenges due to COVID-19. These conversations are the first of its kind to recognize youth as current leaders in the social work arena and to have them to direct us in advancing social work education and practice with innovative ideas, forward-thinking policy, and technological reform in this new post-COVID society.

Featured Conversationalist

Mildred “Mit” Joyner

President of the National Associations of Social Work

President of the International Federation of Social Welfare – North American Region

Professor Emerita of Social Work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania

Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner is a Professor Emerita of social work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania. Joyner received a BSW from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and her MSW from Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, D.C. 

Her professional career began at Chester County Children and Youth services as a protective service worker; she was promoted to department head, then legal liaison of the child abuse unit. Joyner later joined the faculty at WCU as an associate professor, where she was elected by the faculty as department chair of the undergraduate social work department. She retired from the university as a full professor, and presently works as a consultant. 

Joyner is a member of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Council on Social Work Education, and NASW, where she recently ended her term as national vice president. In West Chester she serves on the board of directors of Chester County Food Bank and is a bank director at DNBFirst.

Featured Conversationalist

Darla Spence Coffey

President/ CEO of the Council on Social Work Education

Darla Spence Coffey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is the national association for social work education, representing over 800 accredited undergraduate and graduate programs of professional social work. Through its programs and initiatives, CSWE promotes emerging technologies, interprofessional education, and innovative models, pedagogies, and practices to advance social work education. As the voice of social work education, CSWE works to strengthen the position of social work
within higher education, the national political environment, and in the perceptions of the general public.

Coffey received her BSW from Eastern College, her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has an extensive background in social work practice in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. More recently, Coffey has been advancing the causes of provider well-being and leadership in presentations and writings.

Coffey is a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice and is the 2017 recipient of the Advocate for Human Rights Award by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

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