Social Work's Role in the 21st Century

March 24, 2015
9:00 am - 11:00 am
NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North, Parlor
This event will include a light breakfast.


This presentation will provide insight into the global environment and the role of social work in addressing issues of poverty, immigration, torture, homelessness, and social injustice. Dean Videka will provide insight into initiatives that social workers have been taking in a global context and how these inform education, research, policy and practice for social work professionals. She will also speak to the diversity of clients that social workers see in agencies and the importance for social workers to be sensitive to socio-cultural differences as well as life experiences that have led to immigration.

Learning Goals:
1. Reconceptualize the role of social work in a global environment;
2. Consider social work’s relationship to social media and technology;
3. Expand perspectives of social work application to social justice; and
4. Examine the role of the university in advancing social work practice.



Dr. Lynn Videka joined the Silver School of Social Work as dean in September 2009. Since that time she has led the School in advancing its reputation for strong preparation for clinical social work practice; in broadening the mission of the School to embrace social justice, human diversity, and global social work; and in strong engagement with the School’s local and global communities.

Dr. Videka came to NYU from the State University of New York (SUNY) - Albany, where she served as Distinguished Service Professor, dean of the School of Social Welfare, and vice president for research. Her tenure was notable for its many successes, including establishing new dual-degree programs in social work and sociology, as well as in social work and human development. As vice president for research she led the University at Albany to achieve more than $300 million in research expenditures.  View full biography.