Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Grants National Accreditation to NAU Yuma Social Work Program—the First and Only in US to Focus on US Mexico Border Issues and Populations
CSWE President and CEO Delivers Keynote Address at BASW Annual Event
WHAT/WHY: The NAU Yuma Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) Program honors current graduates and welcomes incoming students at its 2018 community potluck, where the CSWE grants accreditation and delivers the keynote address. The BASW program has contributed over $1 million in service learning, community change projects, and community engaged research projects. It is the only accredited social work program in the nation that focuses on US Mexico border issues and populations, and was the recipient of the 2017 Rodney Mather Service Learning Award for its human trafficking project. Twenty-eight BASW students have presented scholarly research papers at international and national conferences. The program recently completed a team teaching project with UABC Guadalupe Victoria and is currently conducting collaborative research on the relationship between social media and staph infection. The program has the best assessment data of any social work program in Arizona of student mastery of the CSWE Core Competencies.
WHO: KEYNOTE SPEAKER—Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, president and chief executive officer of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
William “Bill” Pederson, principal lecturer and BASW program director at NAU Yuma
Dr. Michael Sabath, NAU associate vice president and CEO at NAU Yuma
Mark Homan, professor and author
Jeremy Arp, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers-Arizona Chapter
Rep. Charlene Fernandez, Arizona House of Representatives
Dr. Larry Gould, professor emeritus at NAU
Dr. Alfredo Padilla, UABC
Dr. Gilberto Aldana, UABC
Dr. Luis Ledesma, UABC
WHEN: Friday, May 4, 2018 from 12-3 p.m.
Media Interview Opportunity: 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: Schoening Conference Center—North Wing
3C Building (parking near campus south entrance on E 24th St.)
NAU Yuma/AWC Main Campus
2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365
1. Keynote speaker Coffey addressing audience
2. VIPs engaging with social work students, community members during lunch