Tagged: social justice

Social Workers in Solidarity: Dr. Teloni Discusses Community Social Work During Greek Crisis

November 5th, 2015 in Faculty, SSW News Releases

“I insisted to stay in Greece, although the working conditions are not good at all,” Dr. Teloni told the audience of nearly 50 Boston-area social work students and professors on Tuesday, November 3. “I do believe that we have to stay there and we need to fight for social change.”

Dr. Dora Teloni joined BU School of Social Work for a special evening event sponsored by the Boston Liberation Health Group, BUSSW Student Org, and BUSSW’s Office of the Dean and the Equity and Inclusion Committee. “Social workers in the United States have much to learn from the Solidarity Movement in Greece,” Professor Dawn Belkin Martinez said. “Dr. Teloni and her social work colleagues have demonstrated that even under the harshest conditions, social justice and change is possible.  By standing in solidarity with our clients, we can help individuals, families and communities challenge internal oppressive thoughts and feelings, and act to change the world we live in.”

In addition to her experiences working in the Greek Solidarity Movement, Dr. Teloni is a member of the School of Social Work at the Technical Educational Institute in Athens and an internationally respected social work practitioner, professor, and researcher. Her research interests focus on radical and anti-racist social work.

Dr. Teloni presented “Social Work for Social Justice: New Alternatives for Community Social Work in the Era of Crisis.” She discussed the crushing impact of austerity measures in Greece.

“This is not just a crisis,” Dr. Teloni said. “It’s a humanitarian crisis.”

The Solidarity Movement in Greece emerged as a means of providing support and solidarity across Greece. The movement supports the provision of food, services, helps reclaim public spaces, provides education, and more. Dr. Teloni told the audience that there are currently “over 350 such welfare initiatives” across Greece.

“We are there to provide solidarity,” Dr. Teloni said, “but we are also there because we demand public social services, public health care. We are not there to replace organizations or public social services. We are there because people are starving or people are dying but at the same time we are there to struggle for social justice.”

The Greek people built an inspiring mass movement of resistance in response to the devastating impact of austerity. The result has been a new political model that demonstrates the power of collective resistance and social solidarity networks.

“The model is solidarity and resistance, we struggle for our abolition. We don’t want to exist.”

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Boston University Presents the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health

February 14th, 2014 in Events, SSW News Releases

Dr. Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to discuss healthcare reform and social justice


BOSTON (Feb. 14, 2014) —The Boston University School of Social Work is pleased to announce Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as the guest speaker for the Third Annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health on April 12, 2014. The lecture will be held from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Boston University Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101, at 565 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Berwick, co-founder, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has consistently been named one of the top influential healthcare leaders in the country. In his lecture, Dr. Berwick will explore the urgency— and possibility—of changing healthcare in America to achieve better care, better health and lower cost through improvement.

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health is an annual symposium addressing vexing health issues in the urban context, featuring prominent national and international leaders at the intersection of health and social justice. The series honors the vision of Hubie Jones, dean emeritus of Boston University’s School of Social Work, who inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure and who continues to influence and define the social and civic landscape of Boston as a leader, bridge-builder, and advocate.

“With his vast portfolio, Dr. Berwick is a leading exponent on the quality and improvement of this nation’s healthcare,” said Boston University’s School of Social Work’s Dean Gail Steketee. “He exemplifies the expertise and passion that the Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health was designed to honor, and we are excited to feature him in this year’s lecture.”

In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until Dec. 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served as clinical professor of pediatrics and healthcare policy at the Harvard Medical School, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and as a member of the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has also served as vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the first “Independent Member” of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick served two terms on the IOM’s governing Council and was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board. He served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England, the highest honor awarded by the UK to non-British subjects, in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and four books. He also serves now as lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.

While this event is complimentary, advanced registration is requested. ASL interpretation provided. Guests can register at https://secure-alumni.bu.edu/olc/pub/BUAR/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=167426.

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Clinical Professor Lee Staples Authors Article on Community Organizing, Grassroots Groups

July 30th, 2012 in Faculty, SSW in the Media

In his latest article, “Community Organizing for Social Justice: Grassroots Groups for Power,” Clinical Professor Lee Staples spoke to the power of grassroots organizations in addressing social justice issues though the use of task-oriented groups within the context of community organizing. From creating access points for present and future generations of indigenous groups to participate in democratic and power processes at the community level, innovating community development projects and addressing issues of immigrant rights and environmental racism, to converging around group identities that advocate for marginalized groups, Staples emphasizes the critical role that grassroots organizations have in enabling social justice in realistic and sustainable ways. The full article can be accessed here.

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