A Message from Dean Kubiak - join the Nov. 21 community advocacy discussion on immigration and refugees

Dear WSU SSW Community,

This year we are doing something a bit different with our annual Edith Harris Lecture. Instead of bringing in a national expert, we thought it prudent to utilize the expertise of Wayne State and our surrounding community partners in illustrating a very current and pressing problem within our city and our nation. The lecture this year will be a panel of experts focused on the issues surrounding those who have immigrated or are seeking refugee status, within the U.S. As policies and practices rapidly change at a national level, individuals, families and children are living with the day to day consequences and uncertainty of these policies. Many social workers have been witness to the family disruption, detention of children, and destruction of community fabric. Often we find ourselves at a loss as to what we can do for individuals who may be too afraid to go to work or report a crime to police; and what we might do to collective raise our voices to change said policies. Therefore we are bringing together four practitioners from our community (ACCESS, LaVIDA, Freedom House, WSU Immigration Law Clinic) to talk with us about how social workers can respond, individually and collectively. The panel will be moderated by Peter Hammar, Director of the WSU Damon Keith Center, who will remind us of how these policies connect to larger issues of oppression and racism in our society. You can learn more about the speakers on our website and flyer.

We look forward to you joining us for this event on Thursday, November 21st from 3 - 5 pm in the Wayne State Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium and hope you stay for lively conversation at the reception immediately following the panel from 5 - 6 pm.

Sheryl Kubiak, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Dean, School of Social Work
Wayne State University
5447 Woodward Avenue

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