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Change is in the air: Will social work be a player?

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In a School of Social Work National Social Work Month Program, SSW Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones (SSW’57) argues that the United States is entering a transformative moment and the social work community is not ready to take advantage of opportunities that may occur.

Jones points to the election of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama as evidence of the kind of social change that has the potential to rebuild social services. He urges his listeners to use their specialized knowledge to identify opportunities that will enable them to better meet the needs of families and children, particularly immigrant families and children. Immigration, he says, is our current great humanitarian challenge. Jones asserts that existing social agencies are not as well prepared to serve the immigrant community as they have been. In a lively question-and-answer session, he argues that we live in a country that responds better to economic imperatives, such as a need for women in the workforce, than it does to the day-to-day needs of working people.

March 31, 2008, 7 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences

About the speaker:

Hubie Jones was a professor and the dean of the Boston University School of Social Work from 1977 to 1993; he is now dean emeritus. He has served as the board president of Roxbury Youthworks, Inc., and of the Roxbury Community College Foundation, acting president of Roxbury Community College, director of the Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chairman of Critical Friends, trustee of the Foley, Hoag and Eliot Foundation, a board member of City Year and the Conservation Law Foundation, chair of the Community Mobilization and Empowerment Program at the Urban League of Eastern Mass., and a special assistant to the chancellor for urban affairs at UMass Boston. He is one of the founders of Boston’s City to City Program, and in 2002 he founded the Boston Children’s Chorus.

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