According to lead author Michael Sherraden at Washington University of St. Louis, Grand Accomplishments in Social Work describes a number of achievements during the last century including protection and deinstitutionalization of dependent children, the expansion of foster care and adoption, reductions in infant mortality, end of child labor, expansion of civil and women’s rights and many others. Were you aware that social work pioneer Jane Addams won the Nobel Peace Prize, the second woman to receive this prize? Samuel L. Jackson, Alice Walker, and Suze Orman all have social work degrees. Social worker and current Senator Barbara Mikulski has also been the longest serving woman Senator in U.S. history. During World War II, social worker Irena Sendler rescued 2,500 Jewish children in Poland as part of underground organization Żegota. Public health worker, social worker, and whistleblower Peter Buxton helped stop the unethical Tuskegee Study.
Join us as we discuss some of these grand accomplishments of social work practice. Here are some questions we will address:
- What do you think the field’s biggest accomplishments have been?
- Where is social work on its way to big things/big accomplishments?
- In what ways have Social Work’s Grand Accomplishments affirmed your commitment to social work practice and research?
- Which of the Grand Challenges do you think we have the best chance of turning in Grand Accomplishments in the next decade?
- What evolving skill set are you developing that will be needed to sustain our profession’s future work?
- Grand Accomplishments in Social Work
- Why Our World Needs Social Work
- Innovation in Social Work: Where Does it Come From?
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Social Workers