Spring 2021: Israel Social Work Elective


Is your spring schedule needing something that broadens your horizons? How about an international social work elective?


Practice, Programming, and Policy in the Face of Twin Pandemics: COVID19 and Racial/Ethnic Inequity


A Virtual International, Inter-Professional Elective


The COVID19 pandemic has disproportionately affected groups that have long suffered from systemic health and social inequalities. This international, inter-professional elective brings together a cohort of students from UMB and University of Haifa (Israel) to explore social justice implications to identify hurdles and opportunities for promoting social justice across disciplines, cultures, and social systems; and share global knowledge that can inform their future practice. We ask: 1) What is the role of social workers and lawyers in shaping and responding to program and policy at the micro, meso, and macro levels of professional practice, gatekeeping, and service provision? 2) How can we learn with and from the people most effected about the impacts of the pandemic on individuals and communities?


Synchronous course meetings, most with students from both universities, will take place virtually between 9AM and 12PM on six Mondays: February 22, March 1, 8, 22, and April 4, and 11 as well as the Monday-Thursday of Spring break, March 15, 16, 17, and 18th (also 9-12) with asynchronous class work to be completed by UH/UMB partners between meetings. If international travel is permitted prior to June 1, interested students may be able participate in subsidized travel to Israel.


For more information, contact Corey Shdaimah at cshdaimah@ssw.umaryland.edu

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