Social Work celebrates National Social Work Month - March 2020

Social Workers Generations StrongSocial Work has been around for more than a century and with the dawn of a new decade, we recognize and celebrate the impact Social Workers have had on individuals, groups, and communities in our hometown of Detroit and across the globe. Led by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), every March we recognize the over 700,000 social workers across the U.S. who impact society. The March 2020 theme, Social Workers: Generations Strong, highlights the hard work and immense passion that social workers have displayed for generations as they work to improve the lives of those in our communities.

We work diligently to provide our students with the tools and skills to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice in our urban environment of Detroit. We are proud to call them Social Work Warriors and encourage all of our 12,000 Warrior Strong alumni, students and friends to join us at one of the upcoming events listed below we are supporting this March.

Interested in learning about the impact a Wayne State Social Work degree or graduate certificate could have on your future? Learn more at an upcoming BSW or MSW information session held this March 7 - 26. 

PDF poster with select events.


March 1 - Blessing Bags
10 am - 12 pm, WSU School of Social Work #233

There are over 10,000 homeless individuals living in Detroit, including 2,000 children. We are calling on our Social Work
Warrior Community to support our neighbors and join us at the WSU Muslim Women Social Work Association student org’s annual Blessing Bag event. All are welcome to attend and create lunch bags and winter care packages for the local Detroiters experiencing homelessness. We ask that all attendees bring one item to donate. PDF flyer


March 3 - Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium
8:00 am - 4:30 pm, WSU Student Center 2nd Floor Ballroom

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium is an annual event that showcases the research and scholarly work of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across disciplines at Wayne State. Awards are given for poster presentations and the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. We encourage our Social Work Warrior Community to attend and support our participating Social Work students. Learn more


March 3 - Say it Like it Matters: Engaging Research Talks for Community and Academic Audiences
12 - 1 pm, WSU School of Social Work #233

The Center for Social Work Research invites you to join attend their upcoming Brown Bag Lunch and Learn series featuring Jennifer M. Gomez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development. Attendees will learn tips on how to hook audiences, present emotional-laden topis, and handle Q&A. PDF Flyer


March 6 - First Aid First (RSVP)
9 am - 1 pm, WSU Mazurek Education Commons 301-302

The Wayne State University School of Social Work invites BSW and MSW students and alumni to learn how you can save a life at First Aid First. Attendees will receive training in medical basics, hands-only CPR, Stop-the-Bleed, and trauma. Attendees will earn certificates in Hands-only CPR and Stop-the-Bleed. The training includes hands-on guided practice, refreshments, and a first-aid kit. Space is limited and RSVPs are required by no later than Monday, March 2, 2020. 


March 10 - STEM Day
10 am - 1 pm, WSU campus-wide

The Wayne State School of Social Work is proud to participate in this campus-wide initiative to introduce area middle-school children to science, engineering, technology, math and arts activities and programs at Wayne. Social Work will be hosting the session "Race to new heights! The Spaghetti Tower Marshmallow Challenge" where student teams will use their ingenuity and critical thinking skills in a race to the Warrior finish line. Students will see if they have what it takes to build the tallest tower in the least amount of time, using simple everyday objects including spaghetti, marshmallows, string, and tape. Participants will learn how to work together as a team, practice effective communication techniques, critically assess a task, develop a plan, and execute it. 


March 17 - Classroom to Career Conference (RSVP)
8:30 am - 1:00 pm, WSU Student Center 2nd Floor Ballroom

Secure the Job, Conquer the Licensure Exam, and Learn how to Build Professional Identity at the first annual Classroom to Career Conference. This Conference is open to all MSW and BSW students who are planning to graduate this April 2020 and Social Work alumni preparing for the ABSW licensure exam who desire assistance with resume/cover letters, job interviewing skills and cultivating successful careers in social work. Space is limited and RSVPs are required by no later than March 16, 2020 at 5 pm. 


March 17 - Detroit Pistons Panel Discussion: “The Role of Sport Social Work: Working for More than Just an Athlete” and Mental Health Awareness Game
Panel 5:45 - 6:45 pm, Little Caesars Arena Heritage Hall
Game 7 pm, Little Caesars Arena

The Detroit Pistons in partnership with the Wayne State University School of Social Work and Wayne State Counseling and Psychological Services encourages area social workers to attend the Detroit Pistons Mental Health Awareness Day activities, which include a panel discussion, Pistons vs Magic game and Meet and Greet with a Detroit Pistons player. Attendees will learn about resources from experts in the field, such as The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports. Price includes a special edition Detroit Pistons Mental Health Awareness t-shirt. We are offering 1 FREE Social Work CEUs to attendees. The CE will be provided to attendees after The Role of Sport Social Work panel discussion. Learn more and purchase tickets.


March 19 - Diversity Lecture: "Do Black Men deserve the American dream?: The Impact of Gendered Deservingness on economic security for marginalized families."
3 - 5 pm, WSU Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium

The Wayne State University School of Social Work and Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development are proud to host David J. Pate, Jr, PhD as the keynote speaker of the 14th Annual Diversity Lecture entitled “Do Black Men deserve the American dream?: The Impact of Gendered Deservingness on economic security for marginalized families." An expert on low-income African-American men, fatherhood, and child support, Pate studies how black men are affected by the social welfare system and the challenges that impede their ability to attain economic security. His research projects involve the use of qualitative research methods to examine life course events of African-American men and boys. We will be offering 2 FREE Social Work CEUs to attendees. No pre-registration is required. PDF flyer


March 19 - STEAM Challenge Final Pitch Competition
5:30 - 7:30 pm, WSU Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium

As Wayne State University’s 2019-2020 STEAM Challenge concludes its 6-month competition, challenge organizers welcome four expert judges who will determine the top three teams and winner of this university-wide competition. The judges will be responsible for evaluating proposals on how well each student team addressed this year’s STEAM Challenge theme of “Innovating Change and Developing Solutions Toward a Just Society.” Organized by the Wayne State School of Social Work and the Mike Ilitch School of Business, this event provides an opportunity for the top six interdisciplinary student teams to pitch their social entrepreneurial ideas. The competition will conclude at this public event with the panel of judges determining the top three teams who will split $25,000 in cash prizes to launch their social ventures and improve the lives of Detroiters. This event includes a reception with light refreshments. Learn more.


March 21 - Wayne State Spring Open House (Register)
10 am - 2 pm, WSU Student Center

The Wayne State University Spring Open House is an exploratory program for prospective students to learn about the degree programs and student support services that Wayne State has to offer, including the School of Social Work. Come and hear from our faculty, staff and students about your future as a Wayne State Social Work Warrior and learn what an impact a BSW, MSW, PhD, or graduate certificate could have on your future! Complimentary parking is available in Parking Structure #1. Register here. Unable to make the Spring Open House? Join us at an upcoming BSW or MSW information session.


March 27 - Shake up 2020
10:00 am - 4:30 pm, WSU Student Center 2nd Floor Ballroom

The Warrior Community is invited to attend Shake Up 2020, an interactive, convention-style voter registration and education drive seeking to politically engage students. Shake Up 2020 is presented by the Coalition of Community Social Workers (CCSW) student organization, in partnership with the Wayne State School of Social Work, and features 12 highly active grassroots and student organizations from across campus discussing issues that matter with their peers. Participating groups cover the ideological spectrum, offering students an equitable, bi-partisan approach. The Wayne State School of Social Work encourages our Warrior Community to get informed, make their voices heard and exercise their right to vote this election year! We hope to see you at this informative political science fair! PDF flyer.


March 27 - Social Work Student Research Symposium
9:30 am - 1 pm, WSU McGregor Memorial Conference Center

The Wayne State School of Social Work, Center for Social Work Research invites you to join us in supporting our students and attend the annual Social Work Student Research Symposium at our Midtown Detroit campus. This event will feature bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students who are gaining exciting research experience in the advancement of clinical practice and social policy at the national and international levels. Highlighted research projects at this event may include thesis work, directed study projects, faculty-student projects and community engagement initiatives. A cash prize will be awarded to the best posters at the BSW, MSW, and PhD levels. This event is open to the public.

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