Category Archives: Social Work Grad Studies

Teaching Civil Rights

In March 2014, The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a report describing civil rights education in the United States as “woefully inadequate.” According to the SPLC: In this new report, 20 states received grades of ‘F.’ These include five states – Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Oregon and Wyoming – that neither cover the movement in their […]

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Social Entrepreneurship & Social Work Studies

If you ever thought that eating a delicious chocolate cupcake when you were down could make you feel better, Papa Ganache will have you rethinking the role of delicious in mental health. Their program is a model for successful social entrepreneurship that combines decadent baking and mental health services. Papa Ganache proves that successful entrepreneurship […]

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Disaster Institute – Providing Information – Part One

In February 2012, I participated in New Jersey’s Disaster Institute led by the American Red Cross. The Disaster Institute features numerous courses geared toward specific response roles in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. One of the courses I took was Disaster Mental Health Current Affairs. This course prepares disaster responders to treat […]

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Diversity in the 2013 Little League World Series

Earlier this year Major League Baseball announced a study of the lack of diversity in the MLB. As a social institution, Major League Baseball has an enormous social responsibility to provide equal opportunities for all people, both on and off the field,” Selig said in a statement. (http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9158114/mlb-forms-task-force-study-how-increase-diversity) Perhaps MLB needs to look closer at […]

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Common Core – Part One

“The Home Run That Tours America” is a great book for several vital reading and education programs in the United States. The subject, writing, and historical elements meet the needs of programs like the new Common Core and “Read Across America.” By its nature, the book satisfies the mission of these programs and provides teachers […]

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Disaster Response Volunteer Shortage

While working in a shelter during Hurricane Irene, we were drastically short on volunteers at some stages. The overnights were most critical. As the worst of the storm was about to set in and we prepared to be hit, relief arrived in the form of an Islamic disaster response group. Around twelve Islamic college students, […]

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Disaster Relief School Programs – Challenge-Based Learning

Australia is a country leading the way in integrating disaster relief education programs into their schools. These courses empower students to respond to disasters and help their neighbors heal from disasters. In the edudemic video linked below, students in Australia use a “challenge-based” learning model to create solutions in disaster response. In addition to fundraisers […]

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American Political Evolution & Gender Studies

What developments in the last sixty years of American history invented modern American presidents like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama? How have cultural and popular opinions shifted so that leaders like Clinton and Obama can so effectively organize, woo, harness, and mobilize popular opinion and sentiment while winning the “hearts and minds” of Americans and […]

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Lower Income Students

Discrimination in Recruitment of Low-Income Students in the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) (facts as of December 2011) Take a look at this chart on enrollment before reading this article in Monmouth County: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey/districts/monmouth-county-vocational-school-district/communications-high-school-12806/student-body. Please see also admissions sites for the Monmouth County programs such as http://www.mast.mcvsd.org/admissions.html. This site is typical for these programs. […]

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Diversity & Acculturation Holiday Activity

In response to a research paper I wrote about the effects of race on mentoring, I learned that there is the potential for acculturation at a program I worked at as a social work grad student where 100% of the students were black and 100% of the mentors were white. Therefore, I suggested that I […]

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