April 2014

Pursuing Social Justice Lunch Hour [Faculty Development]

April 14th, 12:40-1:45pm Faculty join us for a presentation and Q&A by Colleen Lewis, Director of Disability Services at Columbia University, to examine commonalities across instructors in terms of teaching and serving individuals with a disability in the classroom. The purpose of this faculty development session is to deepen our understanding on what it means to have an inclusive environment, and to expand faculty understanding of the student experience.

Pursuing Social Justice Lunch Hour [Faculty Development]

April 7th, 3:45-5:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm We will be working with Professor Elwin Wu as he introduces us to CSI: The Isms Laboratory (the “Isms Lab”). The Isms Lab is an elective course offered by CSSW that students regard as a model in terms of the way that power, privilege, oppression, and identity are elucidated and intersect.  This session will give attendees a taste of the Isms Lab as well as the overall pedagogical framework used for experiential learning, self-awareness, and social change. The Pursuing Social Justice Coffee Hour and Dinners are sponsored by the CSSW Professional Development and Self Awareness Program. They are a time to come together to explore how issues of identity, power, and privilege intersect with teaching and learning.   They are intended to be supportive spaces that welcome a peer based learning approach.

Disabled in Action: Advocacy in the Community [Open to Public]

Thursday, April 3, 12:30pm-1:30pm Rm. 311/312 Please join us for a discussion on advocacy in the community by Jean Ryan and Edith Prentiss of Disabled in Action Metropolitan New York (DIA). DIA is a civil rights organization committed to ending discrimination against people with disabilities through litigation and demonstrations. This event is part of a Community Series on Disability Justice for Spring 2014 offered in conjunction with the Disability Awareness Caucus.

March 2014

Project: Narrative [Community Day]

March 31st, 1:50pm-3:10pm (Workshop); 1:50-7:20pm (Video/Photo Booth) Opportunity for students to record their own narratives through photos, videos, written and oral expression, and artistic expression. Workshop centered around narrative opportunities to: make your own “I am” shirt, participate in a mural and make your own artwork, participate in the video/photo booth to record your experience, participate in a writing exercise to collect the written expression of student experience, participate in a discussion around crafting your narrative and what it means to express your identity and your story. Opportunity (all day) for students to record their own experiences via audio OR video so that they can be passed on for future generations of CSSW students. Workshop Goal: The celebration and recognition of the wide range of student experience and the creation of long-lasting videos that can be used for future students who may be able learn from the experiences of current students.

Building Trust Across Difference: Reflecting on Anti-Racist Social Work Practice  [Students]

Wednesday, March 5th 8pm-10pmThrough collective discussion and individual reflection students explore their fears and strengths around building trusting relationships within and across racial groups. With the intention of transforming the CSSW environment and strengthening student organizing, this workshop intends to foster critical self-reflection and meaningful partnerships. Facilitated by Tanisha Douglass (CSSW ’11) and Emily Saltzman (CSSW ’11). Dinner provided.

Disability Justice Series: NY Lawyers for the Public Interest[Open to Public]

Wednesday, March 5th 12:15pm-1:45pm Rm. C06A discussion on disability rights hosted by PDSA and the Disability Awareness Caucus. This presentation is the first in our series of Spring 2014 Presentations on Disability Justice. We welcome speakers Paola Martinez Boone, MSW, and Michelle Kraus, MSW (CSSW ’95).

February 2014

UNPACKING OPPRESSION: Sharing our Voices – To Build, To Learn,To Challenge [Student Training]

Friday, February 21st, 6pm-pm & Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-6pmA 1 and 1/2 day workshop offered workshop free of charge to Columbia School of Social Work students. students will participate in rich, facilitated dialogue about the intersectionality of identities, privilege, power and oppression. We will share our voices and experiences in order to build community and a space to hold and be held accountable; to learn about ourselves and others, in addition to systems of oppression and how they play out within our school community; and ultimately, to challenge ourselves to think more about these lessons and to take them out of the room and into our daily lives as students and social workers. The curriculum of UNPACKING OPPRESSION has been developed by a team of CSSW students in partnership with the Professional Development and Self-Awareness group (PDSA). The workshop will be facilitated by members of our faculty: Fang-pei Chen, Kalima DeSuze, Leona Hess, Elijah Nealy, Amelia Ortega, and Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos. Food will be provided. Curriculum Developers: students Ashley Stewart, Andrew Mohamed,  Pam Asen, Sabrina Fernandez, & Qianwei Chen.

Art in Space [Students]

Wednesday, February 19th 12pm-2pm Rm. 312 PDSA partners with SWAG (the Social Work Arts Group) for this event, featuring a screening of a Ted Talk and a discussion of art in public spaces.  Students explore topics such as what we consider “art” versus “graffiti”, how art can change and reflect the values of a space, and how power and privilege intersect with these concepts.

While discussing this, the group also create a piece of art, in the hopes of creating dialogue and adding student art to the public spaces in the social work school.  The untitled piece of community art can be seen on the fourth floor on the “art space” bulletin board.

PDSA Town Hall Meeting [Students, Admin & Faculty]

Wednesday 5th, 1:15 am-1:45  pm Rm. 312 PDSA hosts Town Hall meetings throughout the academic year that have certain themes and topics. The theme for this Town Hall meeting is an introduction and feedback session to raise awareness about the upcoming PDSA Training. More information TBA.

January 2014

PDSA Orientation for 16-month Students [Student Training]

Thursday 16th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm A PDSA-led diversity workshop for incoming students. Facilitators are a mix of faculty, advisers, PhD, and MSSW students. Facilitators: Ashley Stewart, Catherine Shugrue Dos Santos, Eleni Zimiles, Jordana Schein-Levi, Rahbel Rahman, & Safiatou Coulibaly.

December 2013

Pursuing Social Justice Dinner Hour [Faculty Development]

December 17th, 6-8:00pm Columbia School of Social Work faculty work through classroom vignettes designed by student members of the PDSA to unpack what happens when issues of identity, power, or privilege emerge in the classroom. The Pursuing Social Justice Dinners and Coffee Hours are a time to come together to explore how issues of identity, power, and privilege intersect with teaching and learning.   They are intended to be supportive spaces that welcome a peer based learning approach.

November 2013

PDSA Town Hall Meeting [Students, Admin & Faculty]

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 PDSA hosts Town Hall meetings throughout the academic year that have certain themes and topics. The theme for this Town Hall meeting was to engage in conversation with the PDSA orientation Fishbowl members. All second year students were shown the PDSA Fishbowl in an advising session, and incoming students viewed it during orientation. This Town Hall was a platform to have a discussion about the topics addressed.

Pursuing Social Justice Coffee Hour [Faculty Development]

Monday, November 25th, 2013 Columbia School of Social Work faculty work through classroom vignettes designed by student members of the PDSA to unpack what happens when issues of identity, power, or privilege emerge in the classroom. The Pursuing Social Justice Dinners and Coffee Hours are a time to come together to explore how issues of identity, power, and privilege intersect with teaching and learning.   They are intended to be supportive spaces that welcome a peer based learning approach.

October 2013

American Mexican Dreams Event: Mexicans in New York City [Open to Public]

October 2nd, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm Clinical and Community Practice Grand Rounds panel of Mexican presidentes produced in partnership with PDSA, the Mexican Coalition of NYC, and Columbia School of Social Work lecturer Eric Nicklas.

Pursuing Social Justice Coffee Hour [Faculty Development]

Monday October 7th 2013 A panel of students present their experiences around power, privilege and identity to CSSW faculty during a faculty development meeting. The Pursuing Social Justice Dinners and Coffee Hours are a time to come together to explore how issues of identity, power, and privilege intersect with teaching and learning.   They are intended to be supportive spaces that welcome a peer based learning approach.

PDSA Town Hall Meeting [Students, Admin & Faculty]

Wednesday October 9th 2013
 PDSA hosts Town Hall meetings throughout the academic year that have certain themes and topics. The theme for this Town Hall meeting was bridging the gap, and sharing experiences. During this Town Hall, we discussed important topics that should be implemented into CSSW trainings and professional development opportunities.

Pursuing Social Justice Dinner Hour [Faculty Development]

Wednesday October 16th 6:30-8:30pm A panel of students present their experiences around power, privilege and identity to CSSW faculty during a faculty development meeting. The Pursuing Social Justice Dinners and Coffee Hours are a time to come together to explore how issues of identity, power, and privilege intersect with teaching and learning.   They are intended to be supportive spaces that welcome a peer based learning approach.

Self-Care Day [Students]

Monday, October 21th, 2013 PDSA Teams up with SWAG (Social Work Arts Group) for CSSW Faculty, Administrator, Advisor and Staff Narratives presentation  for Columbia School of Social Work Self-Care Day.

September 2013

Dr. Carmen Gonzalez [Students, Admin & Faculty]

Monday, September 23-24, 2013 PDSA welcomes Dr. Carmen Gonzalez: Author of Presumed Incompetent, comes to present on the dynamics that exist for faculty and students of color within higher education and within professional work dynamics. More information and podcast available here.

August 2013

PDSA Orientation Day [Student Training]

Thursday, August 29, 2013 PDSA hosts orientation day for all incoming students and provides a one day training on the connection between social work and social justice, and provided an opportunity to begin exploring topics such as diversity, oppression, inclusion, and cultural awareness.