August 3, 2016: An
$8,000 grant from the Council on Social Work Education will help the Clarke
University Social Work Department engage social work students in policy action
at the city, state and national levels and empower students to advocate for
policies that promote equity and social justice.
“This grant from CSWE will benefit the students in both the Bachelor
of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs at Clarke,” said Tara Velez,
assistant professor of Social Work and director of Field Education at Clarke. “The
grant will fund a monthly policy luncheon series, which will raise awareness of
how policy decisions impact individuals, families, communities and
organization. Students will learn about and engage in policy action with
local coalitions and committees working for social justice. The grant will
fund the students’ travel and participation
in legislative day in Des Moines. We are grateful to receive this grant to
enhance our existing policy education.”
Overall, the grant will help the Clarke Social Work
Department expand and enhance the opportunities for students to see policy in
action and practice and develop fundamental policy practice skills.
The Council on
Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association
representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate
and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in
1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social
welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher
Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work
education in this country.
For more information, contact the
Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.
Clarke University is a Catholic,
liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who
positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings
include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs,
a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843
by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near
the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM
university in the country.