Touro Graduate School of Social Work Convenes “Community Day” - Experts Discuss Service Delivery in Increasingly Diverse Society
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New York, N.Y. – Students from the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work convened recently for the school’s biannual “Community Day,” titled “Delivering Services in an Increasingly Racially and Ethnically Mixed America."
Community Day brings together students and faculty to discuss trends and engage with experts in the field. Keynote speaker Dr. Larry Davis, a distinguished scholar and dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh who is also the Donald M. Henderson Professor and director and founder of the Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh, noted the challenges facing social workers today, including growing inequality, less meaningful contact among racial groups, persistent poverty, and a nation that is becoming less healthy. A highlight of the program was a discussion among two Master of Social Work candidates and an alum - one Jewish, one African-American, and one Latina – about the development of their close friendships despite some of the obstacles noted by Dr. Davis. Other Community Day participants included Dr. Robert Schachter, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers-New York Chapter; Dr. Steven Huberman, founding dean of the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work; Professor Allison Bobick, Touro's director of student advancement; and David Mandel, chair of the school’s professional advisory committee and chief executive officer of OHEL Children's Home and Family Services.
Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work’s Master of Social Work program trains clinical social work practitioners who enliven individuals, families, and communities to meet their own needs and sustain their equilibrium, thereby enhancing their well-being. The program meets all academic requirements for both social work licenses: LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) and LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). Alumni of the school are employed at the most prestigious community organizations throughout the metropolitan area.