When Tulane University integrated in 1963, some of the first African American students to matriculate did so through the Tulane School of Social Work, a distinction celebrated last week during the school’s annual field instructor workshop.
With 2013 marking 50 years since the university’s integration, the workshop featured a panel of the first black students to enroll in social work. They were Gloria Bryant Banks (a 1964 graduate), retired secretary for the Louisiana State Department of Social Services; Pearlie Hardin Elloie (a 1965 graduate), director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families at Total Community Action, Inc.; and Marilyn Piper Riley (a 1964 graduate), retired head of child protection for the state of Louisiana and former adjunct professor at TSSW.
Banks, Elloie and Riley are part of a documentary film about the university’s desegregation that is currently in production. Workshop participants also viewed an excerpt of the film, which can be seen here.
The Tulane School of Social Work is to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama to New Orleans on May 16-19, 2013. The theme of this historic visit -- initiated at the School's invitation -- will be "Resilience: Strength through Compassion and Connection", and highlights will include a day-and-a-half long conference and two city wide public events.
All information about the event will be distributed through the event web site -- http://www.dalailamanola.com/. For information, call the "Information Hotline" at 504-293-2656. While most of the public events are sold out, there will be several citywide watching parties, which will be free of charge.
We hope to see you at one of the many event related to His Holiness' historic visit.
After a disaster, much of the rebuilding conversation centers on immediate tasks — fixing homes, opening businesses, repairing roads. But relationships also need attention, a leading trauma expert recently told a group of therapists during a training session sponsored by the Porter-Cason Institute in the Tulane School of Social Work.
Couples and families bear a heavy burden during times of trouble, said George Faller, who led the four-day Outreach Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy at the Bea Field Alumni House on the Tulane uptown campus.
The Tzu Chi Foundation a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) produced a special short film on how New Orleans is doing seven years after Katrina. Below is a link to the part one of their film, which features Dr. Charles Figley along with some other members of the Tulane community.
The Tzu Chi foundation focuses on four major missions: charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture. The foundation also engages in international disaster relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism, and environmental protection. “Tzu Chi” means “compassion and relief.”
Nearly 20 years after the Rwandan genocide, social work is an emerging field in the country. Beata Mukamurenzi and Charles Kalinganire, two social work professors from the National University of Rwanda, shared their stories about the role of social work in a postgenocide society during a presentation at Tulane University.
The duo spoke on Tuesday (July 10) to more than 50 students and faculty as part of an annual study tour sponsored by the School of Social Work and the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane. The professors attend classes, work with field agencies and interact with Tulane faculty to learn about best practices.
The Tulane School of Social Work is pleased to announce that the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA), which has been a unit within the Tulane University Law School through its Payson Center for International Development, will be moving to the School of Social Work effective July 1, 2012.
The Academy was established with a grant from the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in 2009 that called for establishing a center for excellence in disaster management with special emphasis on leadership toward community resilience and sustainability. Following a research and development program in collaboration with seven major universities and five international humanitarian organizations, the Academy established a set of 50 competencies in disaster resilience leadership as a framework for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This framework was first tested in Haiti in response to the January 2010 earthquake that got the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation that led first to a planning grant and then, late last year, to one of largest disaster grants funded by the Gates Foundation. The Academy was awarded a $5 million grant from the Gates Foundation to strengthen disaster resilience leadership capacity in or near disaster-prone regions in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia through local universities. The Academy will establish a network of education and development programs in disaster resilience and leadership.
DRLA joins the School of Social Work following the completion of a 3-year start-up grant from the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Within this three year period the DRLA has met or exceeded its goals, culminating in joining the School of Social Work. More information about this exciting new partnership will be released in the coming months.
For more information about DRLA activities or for admissions information, please visit http://www.drlatulane.org.
When the pressures of classes and exams abound, a yoga class can be the perfect way to relax and clear the mind. Students from the School of Social Work head under the trees outside the school for an afternoon yoga break. The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association as part of its on-going self-care offering to students.
When December social work graduates Lucy Bromer and Caroline Crowley saw the ongoing mental health struggles of children in Haiti due to the 2010 earthquake, they decided to offer a solution — in three languages.
The duo wrote and illustrated a 52-page children’s book The Big Shake in Haiti’s three main languages — Haitian Creole, French, and English — as their professional project, which is a key graduation requirement in the Tulane School of Social Work. The book is intended to help children process the trauma they experienced.
The cover story of the Fall issue of the Tulanian is titled “175 Ways Tulane Has Rocked the World.” The article identifies individuals who have been affiliated with Tulane over this period of time who have made a real difference in their own unique ways. I’am delighted to report that the School of Social Work is noted six times among the 175 listings. Following are the six entries with a brief update for each.
Click here to view the six entries and where those TSSW graduates are today.
Now more than ever before, New Orleans is a living laboratory, with social work front and center in the recovery of one of America’s greatest cities. Tulane School of Social Work, the first program for social workers in the deep South, is on the ground working in partnership with numerous non-profit organizations to rebuild our city. Join Tulane School of Social Work, and do work that matters.
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