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23 OCT 2017

Dr. Yoon Elected to Serve as Treasurer for APISWEA

Congratulations to Dr. Yoon who has been elected to serve as Treasurer for the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA).

APISWEA is a national organization that represents Asian and Pacific Islander (API) social work educators; discusses issues of concern to social work educators and students; and promotes social work education and research of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the social work context.

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1 NOV 2017

Rodney Walker: Tough Times Don't Last

November 1st at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Flowers Hall 341

Rodney Walker, a Chicago native, has a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College and a Masters degree from Yale University. Given the obstacles placed before him as a foster child, Rodney struggled academically and socially in school. In his early years of elementary school, he was placed in special education, repeated the fourth grade due to poor academic performance, and finished his freshman of high school with a sub-1.5 GPA.

After joining a youth mentoring program in his senior year of high school, Rodney was able to deal with life struggles that had restrained him. During this period, he also joined the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a youth entrepreneurship program for high school students. With the support and guidance of NFTE and committed mentors, Rodney competed and won various business plan competitions. It was here that Rodney became motivated and inspired to start his first business.

He is the founder of Forever Life Productions, a company that creates custom videos for special occasions and events. Along with his production company, Rodney travels both nationally and internationally, speaking at public schools, corporations, and conferences about the importance of education, entrepreneurship education, mentoring at-risk youth, and corporate philanthropy for non-profit organizations aimed to uplift and support at-risk youth. He has been a speaker at TEDxYale. served as a keynote speaker in Monaco, France for Ernst and Young, and has delivered a Keynote at the White House on the importance of financial literacy for urban youth. Portions of his story have appeared on PBS’s American Graduate Day, in the national education documentary Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon, and in It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going by Chelsea Clinton. Rodney is the Author of the bestselling educational memoir titled "A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man's Journey from Foster Care to Yale".

In an effort to address the epidemic of violence and social failure among at-risk youth in Chicago, Walker is currently partnering with former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to create a comprehensive employment pipeline program for disconnected youth across the city. Walker is currently pursuing his Masters in Education at Harvard University.

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28 SEP 2017

A Book Reading and Panel Discussion with Steve Schafer

Thursday, September 28th at 530pm - 8:00pm

Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library, 7th Floor

Steve Schafer visits Texas State University to read from his new book, The Border, a novel about four Mexican teenagers who flee to the U.S through the scorching Sonoran Desert after getting caught in the cross fire of the narco-violence along the U.S/Mexico border.

The novel attempts to put a human face on the conversation around immigration, particularly Latino child immigration. After the reading, a panel discussion entitled "Immigration and the Refugee Experience" will focus on the experiences and criminalization of immigrants with insights from Dr. Gloria P. Martinez, Dr. Jose Coll, Dr. Luis Torres, and Dr. John Mckiernen-Gonzalez.

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Students in Ghana with local residents

SUMMER 2016

Dr. Pulliam's Human Rights and Social Justice Course: Study Abroad in Ghana

Eight social work students went to Ghana West Africa for a study abroad course in June. The course Human Rights and Social Justice Applied allowed students to enhance their understanding and skill in applying social justice and human rights perspectives to their professional work and personal analysis.

The program included academic learning, cultural immersion, and a service learning component. The academic learning component allowed students to learn about the distinct socio-cultural and historical context of Ghana through lectures, guest lectures from Ghanaian University professors, readings, and daily reflection circles. The program included immersion in Ghanaian culture through excursions including trips to both the Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles, Kumasi, multiple non-governmental service organizations, a rural village, and the botanical gardens. Ghanaian peers, social work students from the University of Ghana, East Legon served as cultural guides throughout the process, helping Texas State students understand the cultural implications and subtle nuances of interaction with the project site.

We also had the honor of being hosted at a reception by Herman Chinery-Hesse, a Texas State Distinguished Alumnus, known as the Bill Gates of Ghana at a reception where students got to meet Ghanaian dignitaries, hip hop artists, entrepreneurs, and heads of governmental and non-governmental agencies. The students also researched, designed, and implemented a service learning component at Paulina’s Queensland School in Agobloshie one of the largest slums in the country. Student Christina Burrows described the project as follows: ““our group decided to work with the students and teachers at Paulina’s Queensland School in Agobloshie. For our project, the group decided that our time would be well spent by providing resources that the school needed to help better serve the children. The audience that we primarily focused on was that of the younger children in the nursery area, however, we did also collect materials that would assist all the age groups. A few of the resources that we gathered include 8 bags of concrete (to help improve the deteriorating building structure of the school), a generous amount of student workbooks (that will assist students in writing and English), books (as a first step in beginning a library for the students), chalk, erasers, crayons, and posters."

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A group of students at Stonehenge, in England

SUMMER 2016

Study Abroad: Canterbury

Stacie Mcgee leads students in their study abroad trip to Canterbury, England. Read the blog here.