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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.



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Continuing Education Units

The Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0012.

Attendance at this event result in receipt of two (2) continuing education credit hours.

Learning Assessment
In order to obtain the credits, all participants are required to complete a short post-event learning assessment. The learning assessment will be sent out electronically via the e-mail address provided at registration. Upon completion of the learning assessment, the credits will be e-mailed to the participant.

Attendance Fees

General Admission: $15

This event is being run as a service of the Silver School of Social Work to professional social workers in honor of Social Work Month.  The $15 admission fee helps to cover the cost of breakfast and CEU processing.

Cancellations and Refunds

In the event that after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning offers refunds on the following basis:
Refund requests made on or before March 17 (by midnight): full refund
Refund requests made on or before March 22 (by midnight): 50% refund
Refund requests made on or after March 23: no refund
In the instance of event cancellation, all registrants will be fully reimbursed.
If you can no longer attend this event and wish to be reimbursed, please complete the form located here.

Contact Us

NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5897
Fax: 212-995-4497