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13th Annual Social Work Community Forum Slated for March 25

February 11, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Department of Social Work will host the 13th Annual Social Work Community Forum on Friday, March 25, 2016, in Schaeffer Auditorium.  Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m.

This year's topic, "Immigrant and Refugee Children and their Families:  A Systemic, Ethical Response," raises awareness of issues surrounding the plight of immigrants and refugees, regardless of legal status. With emphasis on the family as the most important social institution and recognition of recent protests pertaining to refugee matters, experts will identify and promote best practices that will enable social work professionals and others to serve as catalysts to develop action plans and strengthen alliances across the practice continuum in this region. 

Presenters include:

Judith Bernstein-Baker, M.S.W, Esq., executive director, HIAS Pennsylvania

Fernando Chang-Muy, J.D., Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer in Law (Refugee Law and Policy), University of Pennsylvania

Robin Mama, Ph.D., M.S.S., dean, School of Social Work, Monmouth University, and representative, International Federation of Social Workers to the United Nations

Carla Pendino, community relations officer, District 5 - PA, DE, WV, U.S. Citizenship and                Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

State Senator Judith Schwank (D-PA 11th District)

A panel question and answer period will be held at the close of the morning sessions at 11:30 a.m.  At the start of the afternoon session at 1 p.m.,  Dr. Sharon Lyter, forum chair, will present the annual Diversity Prize, a $1,000 competition cash award, funded by the social work faculty, recognizing the undergraduate and graduate level social work students whose celebrations of diversity are judged as the best.  Congratulatory remarks and proclamation of March as Social Work Month will be provided by State Senator Schwank.

Up to six continuing education credits (including 3 ethics credits) will be available for licensed social workers who attend for the entire day.

For more information or to register visit http://www.kutztown.edu/academics/colleges-and-departments/liberal-arts-and-sciences/departments/social-work/events/community-forum.htm or contact the Kutztown University Department of Social Work, Dr. Sharon Lyter, forum chair, at 610-683-4235 or  email communityforum@kutztown.edu