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This April, the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work brought together faculty, staff and students for its spring “Community Day,” which focused on providing services to a diverse society. Larry Davis, MA, MSW, Ph.D., dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke on “Delivering Services in an Increasingly Racially and Economically Diverse Society.” Other speakers included Robert. S. Schachter, DSW, LMSW, executive director of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), who talked about mobilizing those in the profession to recognize and address structural racism, and David Mandel, MA, MBA, CEO of Ohel Children\'s Home and Family Services. Attendees also heard inspiring stories from alumni of GSW who have experienced valuable cross-cultural exchanges.
Sometimes, it helps to understand where a person comes from in order to help them persevere. Graduate School of Social Work Class of ’12 grad Cheryl Bogdan’s father was a factory worker, and money was scarce in their rent-stabilized Queens residence. The warmth and togetherness of a loving home and connected community was essential to her nurturing. Those values as Cheryl remembers, “Got me interested in housing issues and advocacy work.” After becoming the first person in her family to graduate high school, she was determined to “give back to the communities that gave so much to me.”
All it took was a trip to Peru. Last year, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) Class of ’13 student Andrew Petersen chaperoned nearly a dozen 15-year-olds to the exotic South American nation. Prior to that journey, his aspirations ranged from hopeful philosopher to future athletic trainer. But in Peru, he spent days and nights talking with teenagers and gaining insight into the challenges of contemporary adolescence. Immediately after returning and unpacking his bags, Petersen applied to GSSW and has dedicated himself to providing advocacy and support for troubled teens. But he’s also learned it doesn’t end there. “It’s not enough to work with the individual,” he explains. “You really need to be able to work with the family. And when I can work with the family and make some progress, it’s an awesome moment.” This is Andrew Petersen’s story.
Social work, like any field, has its individual areas of study but still benefits from interdisciplinary understanding. That was embraced when select Touro Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) fellows, scholarship students and educators participated in the first-ever Field Day at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center (NVAMC) in Northport, Long Island on April 4.