Medgar Evers College (MEC) will host its Eleventh Annual National Professional Social Work Month Conference on Friday, March 14th in Founders Auditorium.
The conference kicks off at 8:30 A.M. with a focus on the role of professional social workers working collaboratively with schools, families, and communities to help build resiliency in young people, many of whom are succeeding despite daunting odds. Group sessions are targeted to youth and will address strategies for building leadership skills, self-reliance and resiliency. As a result of the collaboration between the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program and a the new College to Pipeline Initiative, the College administration, faculty, staff, students and community partners, this year’s conference will include over 250 High School students from the surrounding community as well as stakeholders with tremendous investment in our college, surrounding schools and in our community.
Adults will find special sessions on alternative strategies for engaging young people, counseling techniques and resources targeted to children and families beneficial in their work with students. Community resource persons will be on hand to assist young people in preparing for the world of work and summer employment.
For several years, this 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 symposium that has been attended by social workers, guidance counselors, and public sector administrators, elected officials and hundreds of High School students from community schools.
This year’s special guest roster has several notable dignitaries, including, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. Previous conferences have featured special guest speakers such as former NYC Deputy Mayor and CUNY Trustee Hon. Carol Robles–Roman, NYC School’s Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Dr. David Clifton Banks, Founding Principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, Terrie Williams, MSW, author and motivational speaker, Human Rights Commissioner Patricia Gatling, former ACS Deputy Commissioner Hon. Jennifer Jones Austin, Nan Henderson, a nationally renowned expert on resiliency and student support and Elayna Konstan, CEO of New York City Department of Education Office of School and Youth Development.
The MEC Department of Social Work is fully accredited, offering a Baccalaureate Degree in Social Work (BSSW). The conference is free and open to the public, but pre-Registration is required. For further information on the conference, contact Ms. Tracy Noel, Social Work Program Administrator at Medgar Evers College, (718) 270-4857.
About Medgar Evers College
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college. A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit www.mec.cuny.edu.