As part of National Social Work Month, Colorado State University’s School of Social Work, in conjunction with the National Association of Social Workers, will host an open house March 26 to honor the achievements of its students and bring to light issues faced by social workers.
The open house will run from 2-7 p.m. in the main lobby of the Education Building on campus and is free and open to individuals interested in learning more about social work. A Mexican food buffet will be available at 5 p.m.; reservations are not required.
Manuel Trevino, faculty member with the Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity at Colorado State and alumnus of the School of Social Work, will present "The Importance of Understanding Community in Social Work Practice within the Context of the Chicano/ Mexican Community" at 6 p.m. in Education Building Room 113.
The theme of this year’s campaign, "The Power of Social Work: Pass It On," is intended to help the general public better understand the profession of social work, how it provides for individuals who need help and how this process benefits everyone in society.
In Larimer County, Colorado State’s School of Social Work and its students are actively involved in helping individuals with various needs in areas such as health, mental health, diversity and culture, international human rights, youth and schools, aging, children and families, and poverty and social justice.
"In schools, hospitals, clinics and community action programs, social workers have made, and continue to make, the world a better place one person, one family, one challenge at a time," said Gary Bailey, president of the National Association of Social Workers. "It is fitting that residents of Larimer County and all Americans pay tribute to the skills and determination of social workers in America."
The School of Social Work at Colorado State offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work that are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Each year at Colorado State, approximately 100 students graduate with social work degrees that prepare them to assist individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in improving the quality of life throughout the United States and internationally.
For more information about the open house or the social work program at Colorado State, visit www.cahs.colostate.edu/sw or call Deborah Valentine, director of the School of Social Work, at (970) 491-6612.