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Institute on Justice

Purpose 

The purpose of this institute is to advance a greater awareness of the deleterious impact of social injustice, particularly poverty, and to disseminate empirically-based policy and programmatic recommendations intended to promote greater social justice.

Principal Investigator

Sharon C. Lyter, LCSW, PhD
lyter@kutztown.edu

Community Activities and Presentations

Dr. Juliana Svistova is a member of the Board of Directors, Friends Inc. Community Services,
Kutztown, PA

Dr. John Vafeas is a member of the Board of Directors of SAM, Inc.

Dr. George Kovarie, AY 2016-17. President, Board of Directors of TASC, Inc., Berks County, PA. 

Stoeffler, S.W., Department of Social Work, June 1-3, 2017.  The Significance of Political Ideology in Perceptions of Poverty, Social Welfare Policy, and Social Justice Among Social Work Faculty. Policy Conference 2.0, St. Louis, MO.

Stoeffler, S.W., Department of Social Work, April 7, 2017. Using Targeted Universalism to Increase Service Access for Marginalized Populations. The Institute for Social Inclusion Annual Conference, Shippensburg, PA.

Stoeffler, S.W., Department of Social Work, March 3, 2017. Pursuing Social Justice Through Community Empowerment. The Commission on Human Diversity's 7th Annual Conference, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.

Herbert, R. & Stoeffler, S.W. Department of Social Work, March 3, 2017. Racism in Education and Poverty. The Commission on Human Diversity's 7th Annual Conference, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.

Pyles, L., Svistova, J. & Ahn, S. Department of Social Work, January 2017. Participation in Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities: Comparison of the Haiti Earthquake and U.S. Hurrican Katrina. SSWR, New Orleans, LA.

Svistova, J., Department of Social Work, January 2017. Broken Bodies, Souls, and Ecology: Policy and Practice Gaps of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Recovery. SSWR, New Orleans, LA.

Lee, Ahyoung, Department of Social Work, November 19, 2016. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)'s 45th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

LaBarre, Heather, Department of Social Work, November 11, 2016. Removing the Training Wheels. Kutztown University Department of Social Work 7th Annual Social Work in the Global Environment Conference, Kutztown, PA.

Maynard and Svistova, Juliana, Department of Social Work, November 6, 2016. Using Team-based learning to model constructive collaborations in diverse social work courses. Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

Svistova, Juliana and Pyles, Department of Social Work,  November 6, 2016. Building Enviromental Justice Competencies through the Implicit and explicit social work curricula. Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA. 

Sharma, Y. & Noyori-Corbett, C., Department of Social Work. November 5, 2016. Practice Implications for Safe Method of HIV/AIDS Disclosure to a Partner. CSWE Conference, Atlanta, PA.

Felix, Genesis and Svistova, Juliana, Department of Social Work, November 4, 2016. Faculty-student presentation. Preparedness of senior BSW students to serve Hispanic/Latino community: An exploratory study. Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

Seip, Timothy, Department of Social Work, October 8, 2016. Legislative Advocacy: Leading Change at the Local, State, and Federal Levels.  National Association of Social Workers - PA State Conference, King of Prussia, PA.

Boyer, Tate & Sharma, Yasoda, Department of Social Work, October 7, 2016. Critical Analysis of Housing First Approach. National Association of Social Workers - PA State Conference, King of Prussia, PA. 

Stoeffler, S.W., Department of Social Work, October 7, 2016. Poverty, Ideology, and Pursuing Social Justice. National Association of Social Workers - PA State Conference, King of Prussia, PA.

Stoeffler, S.
 
8/17/2016. Community Empowerment. 

Conahan, J. 8/4/2016. Mentoring: A conceptual Model of Leadership and Social Justice Development. London, England. 

Seip, T.
06/24/2016. Legislative Advocacy: Leading Change and Transforming Lives at the Local, State, and Federal Levels. Washington, D.C.

Stoeffler, S. 6/10/2016. Social Work Faculty and Poverty: Attributions, Policy Preferences, and Why They're Important

Stoeffler, S. 8/17/2016. Community Empowerment.

Weller, M.R. 3/17/16. Ethical Considerations for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. State College, PA.

Vafeas, J. 11/11/2015. The Geopolitics of Middle East, Mediterranean, Europe and the Refugee Crisis. Kutztown University.

Corbett, C &  Sharma, Y. 10/18/2015. Transnational Human Trafficking and HIV in South Asia: Challenges for Social Workers. Denver, CO. 

Stoeffler, S. 10/15/2015. Using the Advocacy Spectrum to Address the Needs of Families. University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

Kim, Y.M. 10/1/2015. Integrating Bidimensional Acculturation Theory To Populations With Disability. Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education: Denver, CO.

Svistova, J.S. 10/1/2015. Teaching about Modern day Slavery: Braking through the Misconceptions. Denver, CO.

Stoeffler, S. 9/21/2015. Are we listening: Incorporating the perspectives of persons served living in poverty. New Orleans, LA.

Weller, M. R. 9/21/2015. Sexual freedom & expressions for people with disabilities. New Orleans, LA.

Seip, T. 10/14/2011. Policy Advocacy, Lancaster, PA.

Research and Publications

Pyles, L. Svistova, J. & Ahn, S. (2017). Securitization, Racial Cleansing, and Disaster Capitalism: Neoliberal Disaster Governance in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Haiti. Critical Social Policy, 37(3), 1-22.

Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V (2016). Dependency Ratio. In M. Odekon (Ed.), Encyclopedia of world poverty. (pp. 33-34). Encyclopedia of world poverty.

Conahan, J. & and Kyere, E. (2015). Community Readiness: Can the Human Services Delivery System Meet the Needs of Human Trafficking Victims. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 10 (3).

Kim, Y. M. &  Pandya, V., Department of Social Work, July 2015. Education Equity. SAGE Publications, Encyclopedia of World Poverty, second edition.

Pandya, V. &  Weller, M., Department of Social Work, July 2015. Street Children. SAGE Publications, Encyclopedia of World Poverty, second editionGasker, J. & Fischer, A., Department of Social Work, 2014. In search of overlapping consensus:  Defining social justice for social work. The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 11.

Wilson, D.L. ., Department of Social Work, June 12, 2015. The role of women in reconstructing and creating post conflict communities and societies. Global perspectives: Exploitation of Women and Children:  Global Perspectives--Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Lancaster, PA.

Gasker, J. & Yu, J., Department of Social Work, 12/1/2014. Economic Justice and the 2003-2010 Recession:  Lessons Learned for Multi-Level Social Work Practice. Advances in Applied Sociology.

John, M. A. &  Pandya, V., Department of social work, November 14, 2014, Human Needs in Developing World and Newly Emerging Institutional Response. 3rd Annual Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Stoeffler, S., Department of Social Work, November 14, 2014. Context Matters: A Critical Look at the Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger. 3rd Annual Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Wilson, D.L. ., Department of Social Work, November 14, 2014. Unique needs of a post conflict society. Third Annual Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment. Kutztown, PA.

Weller, M. R., Department of Social Work, November 14, 2014. Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women. Third Annual Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment. Kutztown, PA.

Stoeffler, S., Department of Social Work, November 4, 2014. Faculty Conceptualizations of Poverty. Widener University Doctoral Student Symposium, Chester, PA.

Stoeffler, S., Department of Social Work, October 24, 2014. Faculty Conceptualizations of Poverty and Congruence with the NASW Code of Ethics. CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, FL. 

Gasker, J., Department of Social Work, 2014. Becoming Culturally Sensitive to Economic Difference: Income as a Form of Diversity. National Association of Case Managers, Philadelphia, PA. 

Gasker, J., Department of Social Work, 2014. In Pursuit of Social and Economic Justice: Two Critical Concepts from Microeconomics. National Association of Social Workers Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Conahan, J., (2011). Transformational Learning: Teaching strategies that promote advocacy in social justice and not-for profit leadership. Journal of Teaching in Public Administration.

Related Courses

SWK130 Poverty and Social Welfare
SWK508 Maltreatment in the Family: Social Work Practice
SWK520 Community Social Needs Assessment
SWK524 Program Evaluation and Social Work

Agencies Hosting Interns

Berks Coalition to End Homelessness
Community Justice Project  
Frederick Douglass Institute - Kutztown University
Habitat For Humanity of the Lehigh Valley
Hope Rescue Mission - Reading
KidsPeace
Kutztown University Disability Services Office
Kutztown University GLBTQ Resource Center
Kutztown University SW Club/Social Work Advocates of Kutztown
Kutztown University Women's Center
Lehigh Valley Health Network - AIDS Service Center
Peaceful Living Harleysville
Reading Housing Authority
St. Luke's University Health Network AIDS Service Center