Department of Social Work to host 18th Annual Community Forum – The Keystone Newspaper
Author: Rebekah Brossman, Contributing Author
Michael Alberto, Editor-in-Chief
On March 25, the Social Work Department will host its 18and Annual community forum. The event will take place virtually from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Towards Anti-Oppressive Practices”.
The KU Community Forum is a gathering of social work professionals, members of the university community, and community leaders. The goal is to raise awareness of community needs and develop solutions to those needs, especially as they relate to families.
The Forum will include panel discussions and presentations from guest speakers, including PA state officials and senators, as well as professors from various universities. A full list of speakers is available here. Presentations will include topics related to critical race theory, legislation, dismantling white supremacy, language, and racial and social justice.
The forum will also feature a pre-conference activity on Thursday, March 24and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This will be a town hall and press conference to discuss the Professional Response Orientation to Improve Trust and Service (PROFITS) legislation proposed by Senator Schwank and Representative Rozzi.
The PROFITS legislation provides for the training of a number of professionals, elected officials, government employees, and licensees issued by the Department of State. The program will focus on the types of interactions that would benefit from addressing, including those related to age, perceived economic status, place of residence, as well as gender, race, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Registration is free and available at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Forum2022