Past Features

November 5, 2008 (Vol. 8, No. 6)

'The Bronx Is Up': Urban Social Work Issues and Resolutions Conference Nov. 18

C. Virginia Fields
C. Virginia Fields
Lehman's Department of Social Work will celebrate twenty-five years of social work education with a special conference called "The Bronx Is Up: Urban Social Work Issues and Resolutions." The conference will take place on Tuesday, November 18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Music Building's East Dining Room. The event is free and open to the public. Preregistration is recommended, but not required.

Former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields (1997-2006) will deliver the keynote address. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Fields earned her undergraduate degree from Knoxville College and her master's degree in social work from Indiana University. A social and political activist, who was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement, she moved to New York in 1971 to pursue a career in social work. In 1989, she was elected to the New York City Council and in 1997 was elected Manhattan Borough President.

Also presenting at the conference will be members of the Lehman faculty, M.S.W. students, and social work professionals. The conference coincides with the accreditation of the College's M.S.W. program earlier this year by the Council on Social Work Education and the establishment of a separate Department of Social Work at Lehman (rather than partnered with the sociology program).

With its Advanced Generalist Practice curriculum, Lehman's M.S.W. program brings an important perspective to graduate social work education in the New York City area. Students are prepared for leadership positions as they address urban social problems in their work within social service agencies and organizations. Lehman's undergraduate social work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1983, making it one of the oldest and largest in New York City and nationwide.

For more information on this conference, call 718-960-8192.