Twenty College of Social Work students in late March attended United Nations conferences to develop skills and gain knowledge about best practices to address important global issues.
The students participated in the Global Social Work Student Conference and the twenty-ninth Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations in New York City. The trip was organized by Steven Stothard, a graduating master’s of social work student, and Laurel Laiewski, a doctoral student.
The conferences highlighted international social work, intercultural and multicultural issues, and globally trending problems. Students also learned about international problems that affect local issues.
The trip was paid for in part through student fundraisers, the College of Social Work, UT’s Ready for the World initiative, the Office of Equity and Diversity, and the local chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness.