News from the UGA School of Social Work
The past month has been a tumultuous one. The recent election revealed to us a nation deeply divided and even more fractured than we suspected. Anger and protests are prevalent, and the ability to engage in meaningful dialogue without rage seems nearly gone. Times like this can seem overwhelming.
However, even though these are difficult times, I take great solace in our profession, and find myself feeling real gratitude to the field of social work and social workers. Now is the time for social workers to truly step forward. Our mission is to promote wellbeing and social justice. Our skills include the advocacy and policy tools needed to foster justice and protect vulnerable populations, as well as the interpersonal skills that nurture deep dialogue, mutual respect and understanding, and the profound healing that our country so urgently needs.
So as we approach Thanksgiving I am thinking about all the things related to social work, particularly the School of Social Work, that make me grateful and thankful. I am thankful for:
In addition to all this, as a new dean, I am very grateful to each one of you for your welcome and support during my first semester. I am particularly thankful for the generous support that you have shown to our students, to help reduce their academic debt and ensure their basic needs are met. Should you wish to make an end-of-year contribution to help support our students, you can do so here.
I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyous new year. I look forward to all the partnerships and collaborations we’ll build together in 2017 to promote wellbeing and social justice.
University of Georgia
School of Social Work
279 Williams Street
Athens, GA 30602
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