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Social Work Launches Unique and Innovative Politics and Justice Certificate Program

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Seton Hall’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program recently launched a unique and innovative certificate program in Social Work Policy and Justice (SWPJ). No other undergraduate social work program in the country offers such an offer. Open to students of all disciplines, it incorporates an experiential learning component and invites social justice analysis, reflection and action at the macro level to promote social change.

Participants in the SWPJ certificate program gain knowledge of classical and contemporary theories of justice; develop an understanding of economic, political and social systems conducive, or not, to cultivating a just community; gain insight into the political and social justice issues that motivate human actions and responses to global challenges; and understand the principles of social justice related to topics such as inclusion, diversity, equity and access.

Lori Zerrusen, Senior Major in Social Work, shares: “As I pursued the Certificate in Social Work Politics and Justice, I was able to see how politics is shaped by and helps shape our understanding of social issues in society. Social policies affect every individual. Politics should not be taken lightly or for granted. It is by learning and understanding how social policy is created and implemented that we can become more engaged and effective in finding practical ways to solve problems and make the world a fairer place.

Seton Hall’s BSW Social Program Director Dr Dawn Apgar emphasizes: “The Council on Social Work Education requires social work programs to ensure the skills necessary to promote human rights and social justice, economic and environmental. Our Certificate in Social Work Politics and Justice program helps students develop this skill, training academic practitioners and practicing academics at the intersection of social justice and political practice. “

Renee Wint, Senior Social Work Major, adds: “Obtaining this certificate not only allowed me to learn more about social justice, but also broadened my professional networks as well as my knowledge of the intersection of social work. research and policy. I have always been interested in the power of the law to influence change. By obtaining this certificate I found myself in different political contexts pushing for social change, trying to change laws and policies and standing up for marginalized communities. “

Dr. Anthony Nicotera, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Senior Instructor of the SWPJ Certificate Program says, “Social justice is a core value of social work. This program helps students explore both the pedagogy and the practice of justice. It is consistent with the fundamental commitment of social work. to address not only the immediate needs of people in their environment, but also the systemic, institutional and structural injustices that create, contribute to and perpetuate those needs. “

For more information on the SWPJ Certificate Program, contact Dr Dawn Apgar, [email protected] or Dr Anthony Nicotera, [email protected]