Grantees

Through generous funding thorough from the fund for Social Policy Education and Practice (FSPEP) and the Casey Family Programs we are pleased to announce  the following programs have been selected for the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative. 
 

Field Placement Planning Grants

Program Project Description
Humboldt State University

The goal of the project is to create opportunities for all students in the field to develop fundamental policy practice skills and knowledge about the intersection of race, ethnicity, and poverty. Several project activities are aimed to provide enhanced training and support for field instructors regarding policy practice. This includes strengthening current policy content in the Seminar for New Field Instructors; offering webinars and resources regarding policy practice and specific policy content areas; and providing ongoing individualized consultation. Additionally, field instructors will be offered suggested policy practice assignments specific to the field setting.

Hunter College

This two-pronged project focused on both field education and community engagement. Part I was designed to educate elected NYC /NYS officials about social work student’s policy knowledge and skills and to inspire student interest future policy work. To this end we strengthened and expanded the school’s political field placements and are working with NYC Council to coordinate social work internships and macro supervision. The community engagement project focused on creating opportunities for all NYC/NYS students (micro ad macro) to see policy in action and to practice policy skills. We created a NYC faculty group that successfully strengthened and expanded participation the 2016 statewide legislative advocacy day   (“ lobby day”), plans to do the same for 2017 and agreed to join in collective follow-up event.

University of Missouri – St. Louis

Fifteen MSW and BSW students from the St Louis Field Collaborative (University of Missouri-St Louis, the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St Louis University, and Fontbonne University) are engaged in the Path to Racial Equity Baseline Assessment (PREBA), which allow social work students in practica to assess their organizations using a racial equity lens. The results of the assessment will allow agencies to evaluate their current stage of racial equity capacity, providing a baseline measure utilizing existing data.

University of Nevada - Reno

The Nevada Policy Practice Academy (NPPA) was developed with funding from both the planning and the implementation grant opportunities. Under the planning grant, we developed and implemented a policy practice “Summer Summit.” The summit convened policy practice stakeholders and interested students for the purpose of the development of new or the enhancement of existing policy practice field placement sites. inally, both projects are contributing to the development of materials that can be used for future policy practice field placement development and supervision activities.


Field Placement Implementation Grants

Program Project Description
Boston University

The goal of the project is to create opportunities for all students in the field to develop fundamental policy practice skills and knowledge about the intersection of race, ethnicity, and poverty. Several project activities are aimed to provide enhanced training and support for field instructors regarding policy practice. This includes strengthening current policy content in the Seminar for New Field Instructors; offering webinars and resources regarding policy practice and specific policy content areas; and providing ongoing individualized consultation. Additionally, field instructors will be offered suggested policy practice assignments specific to the field setting.

Concord University

The Concord University Policy Integration and Development (CUPID) program began in the Fall 2016 semester. CUPID is designed as an online continuing education opportunity for field instructors to learn more about policy education integration into the field experience and to also enhance their own policy practice. Twenty field instructors are currently enrolled in the online course and are participating in activities to work toward the goal of policy education enhancement. Through the CUPID program, research will also be conducted to determine where shortcomings in our policy education happen as it relates to the field and the field instructors. We will also be looking at how these shortcomings can be overcome.

Indiana University

Indiana University School of Social Work developed a Policy Training Program for Field Instructors to equip them with knowledge, skills, and abilities to promote and assess student competence related to policy practice. It also provides concrete opportunities for Field Instructors to encourage students to be actively engaged in policy practice in the practicum settings. Lastly, it guides Field Instructors on how to evaluate student competence in social work policy practice. The Policy Training Program for Field Instructors was developed for in person and online audiences, ensuring that all field instructors have access to the training.

Michigan State University

MSU School of Social Work, in partnership with Michigan’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance, created an MBK Scholars initiative. We have placed 10 MSW students in Michigan communities that have accepted the national MBK challenge. Students work on local and statewide level policies that impact youth of color in order to achieve racial and economic equity.

Niagara University

The Niagara University Public School Collaborative aims to train social work students and high school student, using an intentional learning community method, in youth participatory action research and advocacy skills in order to influence educational policies at the state level. Field practicum students guide high school students in designing, implementing, and analyzing data pertaining to their research question. Practicum students prepare students for advocacy meetings at the state capital through weekly in school meetings.

Rutgers University

Rutgers University School of Social Work has launched it field education policy fellows programs. We're hosting a seminar series with speakers who are policy and legislatively involved social work leaders in New Jersey. We've also integrated two policy advocacy assignments into our field education curriculum and learning contract for all students during their specialization year. The field policy fellows program will also be co-sponsoring a forum on social welfare policy under the Trump Administration later this Spring

Simmons College

Simmons Policy Practice Initiative (SPPI) - emphasizes capacity building for MSW and BSW students, field instructors, and field advisor/liaisons. The rationale for this approach is the need to increase policy practice competency among all stakeholders in field education. As a single sequence MSW program, with a focus on direct practice, the initiative acknowledges that most MSW field placements for Simmons School of Social Work students are direct practice, and students do not typically engage in policy practice work in these placements. This initiative also draws on existing annual MSW program evaluation data indicating that our field instructors and advisors/field liaisons also have limited experience in policy practice, and commonly report that policy practice or policy issues are not a component of (nor viewed as relevant to) the direct practice work that MSW students do. Although BSW students have more access to this content in the classroom, sufficient exposure in the field is still lacking due to the generalist focus of their field placements.

University of Houston

The Houston Policy Practice Placement Initiative (HPPPI) partners with local Latinx policymakers and Latinx-serving advocacy organizations to create generalist placements that incorporate policy practice competencies. Each of our partner organizations spends substantial time on both explicit policy work and direct work with Latinx and immigrant constituents and community members, enabling students to gain macro- and micro-level learning competencies. Placements are in organizations or departments without direct social work supervision; all HPPPI students meet weekly as a group with an off-site field instructor with extensive community-based policy-practice experience.

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Fifteen MSW and BSW students from the St Louis Field Collaborative (University of Missouri-St Louis, the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St Louis University, and Fontbonne University) are engaged in the Path to Racial Equity Baseline Assessment (PREBA), which allow social work students in practica to assess their organizations using a racial equity lens. The results of the assessment will allow agencies to evaluate their current stage of racial equity capacity, providing a baseline measure utilizing existing data.

University of Nevada - Reno

The Nevada Policy Practice Academy (NPPA) was developed with funding from both the planning and the implementation grant opportunities. Under the implementation grant, undergraduate and graduate social work students were placed in new and expanded policy practice placements with off-site supervision and additional training provided by a faculty member with expertise in policy practice. Additionally, a process for policy practice “project-based” field opportunities was developed for students who are interested in gaining experience in policy practice, but may not have the opportunity within their current field placement site. Finally, both projects are contributing to the development of materials that can be used for future policy practice field placement development and supervision activities.

University of Oklahoma

The American Indian Field Unit places graduate social work students in tribal nations and an urban American Indian agency. Students focus on a common research project regarding Grand-families to explore service use and policies that hinder or facilitate service provision across local, state, and tribal entities. Students will share findings with the community at the Restoring Harmony PowWow. The student focus on grand-families is the basis for the 2017 PowWow theme, Interweaving Generations. Knowledge will also be disseminated through the foundation year curriculum and continuing education program.

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

All field students are required to submit an “Intersection of Race and Poverty” field assignment and can enter a contest to win $100. We had nine winners for Fall semester and students and Field Instructors won $100 each. All nine students presented their research at the CSWE Luncheon event on 12/15, which was a great success. This will be repeated next semester. Additionally students who work with NASW-WI on macro issues affecting those in poverty in WI have been provided with free NASW memberships. Lastly, we have a large Lobby Day event planned for 4/12/17 at the state capital for BSW and MSW students.


Community Engagement Planning Grants

Program Project Description
Coppin State University

Information Coming Soon

Eastern Michigan University

Information Coming Soon

Eastern Washington University

A CSWE funded community engagement initiative planning grant launched at the Eastern Washington University School of Social Work (EWU SSW) situated an exchange between students, community stakeholders, and policy makers. EWU SSW piloted an Advocacy-in-Action Exchange in the Community Practice class in the fall quarter of 2016, with continuation into the Social Policy Analysis course (winter quarter 2017). Thus far, the Exchange has reached 52 undergraduate students and three different communities in the region.

Touro College

The Touro Initiative for Policy Engagement is convening a community advisory board to oversee policy practice in our graduate school of social work. Funded through the CSWE Policy Practice in Field Education planning grant, the community advisory board convenes elected officials, agency heads, and other key policy actors to oversee students policy activities, develop a sustainable structure to support policy initiatives within the school, and oversee the development of a policy practice toolkit.

University of Alabama Birmingham

Our project involves creating more policy-based learning opportunities into our undergraduate curriculum through service learning courses, creating a series of policy-focused activities that are grounded in community-based settings. Currently, we offer three courses with a one-hour service learning lab that students take sequentially and build on each other over the three semesters. By integrating policy-focused learning activities into these service learning labs, we will be able to bridge the gap between our policy courses and field placement while simultaneously providing all of our students the opportunity to see how policy affects communities and agencies in our state, especially related to issues of economic and racial disparities.

University of Portland

In this project, undergraduate social work students are involved in qualitative research focused on understanding on the need for a Paid Family and Medical Leave social insurance program in the state of Oregon. In partnership with six community-based organizations, we are interviewing populations whose voices are not typically heard in policy debates on this issue--Latina immigrant women, farmworkers, African American women, and APIA women—and asking about their experience of a time when they needed time off to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities. We are writing the findings up in a report and will present highlights from the research at legislative hearings in the Spring 2017 legislative session in Oregon.


Community Engagement Implementation Grants

Program Project Description
Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will utilize this funding opportunity to focus on enhancing field learning opportunities in settings employing the model of integrated care. We will involve field instructors, agency representatives, faculty, and students in a three-part seminar series held over a three-month period. Session topics will reflect the process by which students and field instructors incorporate policy practice skills in a range of practice settings: Session I provides an overview of policy issues shaping this field of practice; Session II addresses the impact of policy on populations utilizing services; Session III provides case examples of policy practice at the agency level. A train-the-trainers session will follow, offering field instructors in-depth training in helping students develop policy practice learning goals and assignments. A film of the seminar series will be linked to the school website and edited for use in classroom and field instruction.

Clarke University

CSWE grant has allowed Clarke University to host six social policy action luncheons for students and community members. Topics have included public education policy and equity, voter education, policy needs related to human trafficking in Iowa, healthcare policy needs of the Marshallese in Dubuque, housing policy action with the NAACP, and how to engage in federal policy action. Seven panelists attended a social work career panel to discuss how they have engaged in policy action in their previous and current positions. The grant will fund the student’s participation in a two-day trip to Des Moines for legislative day and will allow the social work department to offer a full-day CEU event regarding international social justice. Attendees will learn how to engage in policy issues related to refugees, climate change, immigration, human trafficking and international ministry efforts.

Colorado State University

In fall 2016, Colorado State University School of Social Work restructured their policy curriculum to emphasize experiential learning. Students participated in collaborative policy analysis with local community partners on bills slated for the 2017 Colorado legislative session. Students also practiced policy skills by canvassing on the CSU campus and engaging in mock legislative hearings at the state capitol.

Evangel University

The Evangel University project involves advocacy and education at the state capitol focusing on PDMP legislation. Both junior and senior social work majors are involved in the process of preparing briefs, designing a website, advocating at the capitol, attending legislative committee meetings and state prevention seminars, researching voting records, working with various lobbyists and legislators, and conducting a social media campaign.

Howard University

The Howard University School of Social Work Community Engagement Project is centered around the key theme of homelessness. Key programs for the project include: a Mock Town Hall Meeting to discuss the prevention and remediation of homelessness in the District of Columbia; a Teach-In to provide students with an interactive experience in policy crafting; a Twitter Town Hall meeting; and Advocacy Day on the Hill. After participating in this community engagement project, we expect that students will have: 1) acquired knowledge about the deleterious impact of the intersection of race, ethnicity and poverty on the persistence of homelessness; 2) comprehended the terms, definitions and historic/contemporary motivations behind policies to address homelessness in the US; and 3) acquired new skills in addressing issues of homelessness rooted either in the Direct Practice or Community, Administration and Policy Practice concentrations.

North Carolina State University

Our CSWE grant award supports our community education and outreach symposium which will attract 300 students, community activist, service recipients and service providers. We are at a critical juncture in which the political climate seriously threatens progress on racial, social, economic, and gender justice. The symposium will introduce tools and information to advocate policy in a new climate. Social workers on the front lines must learn to do both case and cause work. The featured speaker, Robin D’Angelo, is a renowned expert on addressing white silence.

St. Catherine University - University of St. Thomas

The Mapping Social Justice Project, a project of the implicit curriculum, seeks to increase MSW student participation in policy advocacy and community engagement through targeted efforts to integrate policy and community awareness throughout the clinical curriculum, providing actionable information, advocacy guidance, and encouragement. This is being accomplished through course and field placement “mapping”, identifying core issues, service type, and population(s) served, as well as establishing a process and network for monitoring up-to-date policy and community action information. These two elements, maps and networks, are brought together through ongoing information search and dissemination targeted to relevant courses and students through class visits, email, and social media. As an engagement tactic, we created a humorous video to reach all students seeking to redefine what political and democratic social work can look like, to demonstrate that advocacy work is a large tent under which all social workers fit no matter the setting or service type.

Texas A&M University - Kingsville

The TAMUK Social Work Program Community Practice Project is designed to enhance opportunities for BSW students to see policy in action and to practice and develop fundamental policy practice skills as well as knowledge about the intersections of race, ethnicity and poverty. The project includes enrichment opportunities that are open to all BSW students, as well as enrichment opportunities for students in SCWK 3339: Social Welfare: Policy & Advocacy II, and a key assignment in SCWK 3341: Social Work Practice II. The Project is made up of five components designed to give students the skills to be comfortable engaging in policy and advocacy within the profession. The components are: the Brown Bag Series, the Policy Leaders Immigration Panel, Weavers of Love Service Learning, Social Work Advocacy Day, and the Kleberg County Community Fact Sheets Project.

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Last semester, social work students from the St Louis Field Collaborative (University of Missouri-St Louis, the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St Louis University, and Fontbonne University) had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion from members of the Ferguson Commission, and with state and local officials. This semester, students will have the opportunity to participate in policy skill development workshops led by social workers practicing in the field of policy and advocacy. They will learn essential policy skills for social work practitioners.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tate Turner Kuralt School of Social Work is partnering with the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers to sponsor two events. The events are designed to help social work educators and students with both a historical and modern-day context to understand two North Carolina policies that structurally discriminate against people of color and those living in poverty: The Voter Verification Information Act and the elimination of the Earned Income Tax Credit. The two events include a day long North Carolina Social Work Policy Educators Summit and Social Work Advocacy Day. At both events participants will learn how to engage with the political system by participating in social action and legislative advocacy. It is planned that participants will increase their knowledge of the issues to gain community social empathy and learn strategies to advocate for social and economic injustice within North Carolina.

University of Pittsburg

The University of Pittsburgh-School of Social Work’s Policy Practice grant is focused on enhancing student civic engagement and policy practice orientation, both as students and future social work professionals. Through this grant we are making 2017 a “Year of Policy Practice” at our School, which is especially timely given the upsurge in policy and advocacy interest among students in the wake of the November election. For this spring term, we will be providing faculty mini-grants to supported activities, including: a series of policy forums on issues from “the First 100 Days” of the new administration; student training workshops on using a legislative scorecard and on advocacy and lobbying within nonprofits; a social justice film series; a forum on community policies for equitable development and housing affordability; career session on careers in policy settings; joining the NASW-PA Legislative Advocacy Day in Harrisburg (state capitol); supporting formation of a student advocacy group; on-going collaboration with Pitt’s Institute of Politics and its Elsie Hillman Civic Forum to sustain policy practice beyond the CSWE grant.

University of Portland

In this project, undergraduate social work students are involved in qualitative research focused on understanding on the need for a Paid Family and Medical Leave social insurance program in the state of Oregon. In partnership with six community-based organizations, we are interviewing populations whose voices are not typically heard in policy debates on this issue--Latina immigrant women, farmworkers, African American women, and APIA women—and asking about their experience of a time when they needed time off to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities. We are writing the findings up in a report and will present highlights from the research at legislative hearings in the Spring 2017 legislative session in Oregon.

University of Southern California

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Community Engagement grant focuses on developing the policy practice of MSW students through two primary efforts addressing the Grand Challenge of homelessness: (1) focused assignments (a social issue report, policy brief, and policy advocacy campaign using social media) in both our on-ground and online Policy Advocacy and Social Change course, and (2) the creation of a Policy Advocacy & Policy Practice Forum bringing together social work policy practitioners and MSW students to develop policy recommendations. In the Policy course, six ground and virtual faculty are teaching over 100 students to identify, analyze, and advocate for new ways to end homelessness. The instructors are also developing a homelessness speaker series and social innovation lab as well as creating practice experiences that enhance learning, including outreach and support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The one-day Policy Advocacy & Policy Practice Forum scheduled in April, 2017 will gather community organizers, legal advocates, researchers, and practitioners making a difference in alleviating homelessness, and a cross-section of MSW students from our macro and clinical practice departments. The Forum will be preceded earlier in the week by a panel discussion on ending homelessness intended to educate, inspire, and prepare students for full engagement in the Forum.

Wayne State University

The Policy to Action: A Student Run Initiative focuses on policy related community engagement experiences for students. There are three components of the initiative- Learning, Exploring, and Action. The project is designed to promote student education of and involvement in city/local and state policy issues focusing on the water crisis in the City of Detroit and beyond. This project will culminate in a student led engagement/action project to address issues related to water as a human right.