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Social Work Month

UGA School of Social Work celebrates Social Work Month

Posted Feb. 27, 2017
Writer: Laurie Anderson,

Athens, Ga. – March is National Social Work Month, a time to raise awareness about the impact of the nation’s more than 600,000 social workers. In support of this, the University of Georgia School of Social Work will hold several events during March with a focus on this year’s theme, “Social Workers Stand Up!”

“Social Work Month is a great time to highlight the contributions social workers make to society,” said Anna Scheyett, dean of the School of Social Work. “Here at the school it is a chance to showcase our students’ research, give them some new skills and honor their work.”

The school will hold a research showcase, workshops, an honor society induction and other special activities that explore the many ways social workers stand up to help the most vulnerable members of society. Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in the School of Social Work building’s ground floor student lounge, and are free and open to the public.

Events include:

  • On March 1, the school will unveil a banner outside the school celebrating social work, and at noon and 4 p.m. showcase recent research by faculty and students. Refreshments will be provided.
  • On Monday March 13 at 7 p.m. the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences department of religion will present a lecture titled “Mobilizing the Constructive Moral Power of Faith” in the UGA Chapel. The speaker, David Gushee, is the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and founder and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University.
  • On Saturday, March 18, the UGA chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society will induct new members in a ceremony in the Reading Room on the third floor of the Miller Learning Center. The society recognizes outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, impact and commitment to social work ideals.
  • Monday, March 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the International Social Work Student Association will celebrate global social work practice with presentations, guest speakers, cultural demonstrations and an international potluck.
  • Tuesday, March 21 is “Self-Care Day,” an annual student-run event held throughout the Social Work building, featuring activities that share ways to avoid and reduce stress. Past events have included yoga instruction, massage therapy, meditation lessons, craft projects, dance and music performances.
  • Saturday, March 25, a continuing education workshop titled “Self-Care for Workers in Helping Professions: From Ways of Living to Ways of Being” will be held on the UGA Gwinnett campus. For details regarding time, cost, and continuing education unit credit, contact Mumbi Mwaura at or (706) 542-5450.
  • In addition, faculty and students will hold special noontime discussions on aspects of social work policy and advocacy practice.

With the exception of the noontime discussions and the continuing education workshop, all events are free and open to the public. For details and updates, visit

UGA School of Social Work

Founded in 1964, the University of Georgia School of Social Work provides instruction, research and hands-on training in social work practice while emphasizing the integration of social work with social justice. The school is accredited by the Council for Social Work Education.