Ohio State social work students participated in the 2010 Student Social Work Congress on April 22-23, held virtually and originating out of Washington, D.C. Dr. Keith Anderson’s class, Social Work 695.14 Integrative Seminar: Aging, was selected to take part in conjunction with the Social Work Congress, bringing to the table 400 social work students in classrooms across the United States.
Dr. Bill Meezan, professor at Ohio State’s College of Social Work, was also invited to be a delegate to the 2010 Social Work Congress. This invitation-only meeting brought together 400 leaders in the social work profession and was supported by 12 social work organizations. Meezan currently serves as chairman of the Publications Committee of the National Association of Social Workers and treasurer of the board of the Society for Social Work and Research.
The goal of this dual event was to engage and develop social workers-in-training as Congress convened to outline the profession’s challenges and opportunities and charted a course to better serve its constituency. This year’s Congress specifically focused on the transition of leadership.
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Anderson’s class, consisting of both BSW and MSW students, was selected through an application process. The selection committee chose a final group of classes based on based on diversity, class focus, geography, experience with technology, and written narratives describing why their class should be selected.
The 2010 Student Social Work Congress was an exceptional opportunity for students to represent their peers nationwide and to voice their opinions. On April 22 and 23, students had the opportunity to view the general sessions and final voting process streaming live. In addition, students could chat live with one another, participate in polls regarding the profession, and vote on the final imperatives. Students had the option of voting on whether they agreed that the imperative was necessary to address the future needs of social work, and they could provide a comment about their vote.
Students had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the logistics, technology, and content of the event during live webinars and were provided with a welcome video and resources regarding the history of social work. In addition, they were able to join the 2010 Student Social Work Congress Facebook group and Twitter feed to virtually meet one another and create a leadership cohort. Professors were provided with a curriculum guide to review the process behind the 2005 Congress and to prepare students for participation in the 2010 Student Social Work Congress.
It is believed that this event will move Congress toward fresh thinking and broader-reaching action that will span and serve multiple generations as well as encourage leaders, from those who are new to the profession, to mid career professionals and fully-seasoned social workers.
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Meezan served as dean of The Ohio State University College of Social Work from 2005-09.Before that appointment, he was the Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families at the University of Michigan, and the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Southern California. He started his academic career at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work where he attained tenure in 1981 and the rank of full professor in 1986. Meezan holds his doctorate from Columbia University.
Meezan is the recipient of the Society for Social Work Research’s Outstanding Research Award (2000), and the Pro Humanitate Literary Award/2009 Herbert A. Raskin Child Welfare Article Award from the Center for Child Welfare Policy of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.
In 1984-85, he served as a Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development, while in 1993-1994, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Baltic States, where he helped organize the first schools of social work in Lithuania and Latvia. In 1997, he received an honorary degree from the Higher School of Social Work and Social Pedagogics “Attistiba” in Riga for his contribution to the development of social work education in the Latvian Republic. In 2005, he was inducted into the Columbia University School of Social Work’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Meezan has also served on the editorial boards or as a consulting editor to 11 journals including Social Work, Social Work Research, Research on Social Work Practice, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, and Child Welfare. He has written extensively about child welfare services, including over 50 articles and chapters in peer reviewed journals and anthologies. He is also the co-author of four books in child welfare and co-editor of six other volumes, including The Handbook of Research with LGBT Populations (Routledge, 2009).
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