The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work at Norfolk State University will kick off its celebration of National Social Work Month this March when it hosts a special lecture and book signing on March 1 by Dr. Larry E. Davis, a nationally known social work scholar, who penned a 2015 book that features essays about race relations in America.
Davis, who wrote the book, “Why Are They Angry with Us? Essays on Race,” serves as dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. His book focuses on the discussion of race and racism. He blends social science theory and draws from his own personal experiences while addressing topics such as mass incarceration, immigration, individual identity and slavery.
The lecture and book signing was held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at NSU’s Scott-Dozier Dining Hall. A continental breakfast proceeded the program at 8:30 a.m. The event was free and open to the public.
The theme of National Social Work Month is “Forging Solutions out of Challenges,” and NSU students have several activities and events planned throughout March. Some of the activities include several student-led service-learning projects, brown-bag discussion groups, formal presentations and in-service events.
Dr. Kirsten S. Ericksen, an NSU social work professor and social work month chairperson, said the goal for March is to raise public awareness about the importance of social work in leading change and creating opportunities for the populations they represent.
“Our field is really about making a difference,” Ericksen said. “We work to improve the lives of the people within their environments.”
Source: Norfolk State University