I grew up on Buffalo’s East Side where I saw how important
a community is. What I like about social work education is that it
very deliberately accounts for the context in which a person
lives—neighborhood, community, family. Basically, problems
that people experience are not necessarily their fault or their
cause. It may be unfair and unjust societies or neighborhoods.
I teach courses that are focused on helping our students become
good at assessment and good at trying to bring about change for
individuals and families.This includes an online seminar on human
rights and trauma-informed care. I want our students to think
beyond the typical. I remind them that a real social worker not
only provides social services but also works for social change.
That’s what gets me excited as a social worker—teaching
students about theory but then showing them how it works in the