NAU students in Social Work programs take their learning into the community
Social work, by its nature, is work within and for the community. At Northern Arizona University, we address poverty, structural racism, and oppression in at-risk communities of the southwest and beyond.
NAU students and faculty in Social Work programs contribute thousands of hours to regional agencies and nonprofit organizations annually. Find out about a few of the exciting things we’re working on.
NAU Social Work community engagement projects
Community change projects Accordion Closed
Each fall, senior BSW students undertake micro-level planned change projects in the community, raising money, coordinating events, and providing services. In fall 2018, the cohort raised over $18,000 in goods and services to support their work.
CHOICES intervention CLT Accordion Closed
In November 2016, Drs. Jean Balestrery and Natalie Cawood of NAU, with Clinician Brenda Manthei of Native Americans for Community Action (NACA), were selected to lead a Community Leadership Team working to reduce risky alcohol use and alcohol-exposed pregnancies among tribal communities. Read the full story about this project on the SBS News webpage.