New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott at 9th Annual Social Work Month Conference at Medgar Evers College

On Friday March 23, 2012, Medgar Evers College, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education will hold the Ninth Annual National Professional Social Work Month Conference beginning at 8:00 am in the Founders Auditorium at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott shall give special remarks. Dr. William L. Pollard, President of Medgar Evers College will serve as Honorary Chair.

“As a veteran social work educator, I am excited by this critical exploration of cultural identity and academic success with respect to our youth, from key minds in the field,” said Dr. William L. Pollard. “As President of Medgar Evers College, I am proud that we can provide such a forum, not only for its intellectual engagement, but for the enhancement of the profession as a whole as well.”

Over the past nine years, the conference has grown from an initial idea of bringing together members of the social work community with other disciplines to celebrate National Professional Social Work Month, into a highly anticipated conference which has been attended by social workers, guidance counselors, public sector administrators and staff, and students from community schools.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Public Administration, the Male Development and Empowerment Center at Medgar Evers College and the NYC Department of Education (DOE). The conference offers an opportunity for Medgar Evers College faculty, students and administrators along with Department of Education guidance counselors, social workers, educators and high school students, as well as partners in various disciplines including law, social justice, the political arena and other professions to come together, exchange ideas and discuss strategies for working more effectively with each other and with young people and their families.

The Conference theme “Building Resilience in Young People: Promoting Cultural Identity and Academic Success” will offer strategies for working collaboratively with colleagues and with students, to help build resiliency in young people, many of whom are succeeding despite daunting odds. Special sessions targeted to youth will address strategies for building leadership skills, self-esteem, self-reliance, and communication skills. Workshops targeted to adult participants will focus on strategies for effectively engaging young people. A Pre-Plenary Early Bird Presentation will be held on “Collaborating, interacting and engaging students through the use of social technology.” The conference will culminate in a special musical performance by students who are enrolled in the Performing Arts and Technical High School located in Brooklyn.

Previous conferences have featured special guest speakers such as: Former New York City Deputy Mayor now NYC DOE Chancellor Dennis Walcott; Dr. David Clifton Banks, Founding Principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men; U S Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns; CUNY Trustee and New York City Deputy Mayor Carol Robles–Roman, Esq.; Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes; Nan Henderson, a nationally renowned expert on resiliency and student support; Elayna Konstan, CEO of New York City Department of Education, and Terri Williams, a leader of one of the nation’s most successful public relations firms, and a clinical social worker.

The conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. For further information, contact College Events Planning: (718) 270-6903 or you may send an e-mail to Dr. Eda F. Harris-Hastick, Professor of Social Work, Conference Convener: email:

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.