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Black History Month:


Honoring Legacy of Carl A. Scott (1928–1986)

Carl A. Scott is remembered at CSWE as the man who guided five minority task forces and secured funding from governmental and private sources to recruit students and faculty from minority groups to social work schools. Scott, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, joined CSWE as a senior consultant in 1968 and went on to single-handedly develop CSWE’s minority fellowship programs (MFP). Over the years, the MFP has provided doctoral fellowships to more than 500 African American, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Latino/Hispanic Americans, many of whom now serve as deans, directors, or faculty members in social work programs throughout the nation.

Prior to joining CSWE, Scott held positions at child and family service agencies and was director of admissions and assistant professor at New York University. Two of his most notable programs at CSWE helped prepare mental health researchers (1974) and clinicians (1979). To remember and honor Scott, in 1988 CSWE established the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture Series to foster knowledge of social justice and improve the well-being of individuals and communities (view the archive of lectures). In addition, the Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund annually awards two social work students who are members of minority groups with $500 book scholarships.

Looking to the future, one of the 12 Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare Grand Challenges for Social Work is to “achieve equal opportunity and justice.” The page dedicated to the challenge features resources for addressing racial and social injustices, deconstructing stereotypes, and dismantling inequality. To emphasize and expand the initiative, the theme of CSWE 2017 APM is “Educating for the Social Work Grand Challenges.” We look forward to delving into the Grand Challenges to learn from each other, grow as social work educators, advance social work education, and begin to tackle our nation’s toughest social problems.

Use #Up4theChallenge via social media to share your community’s contributions, and watch the Grand Challenges for Social Work video, featuring CSWE President and CEO Darla Spence Coffey, to learn more.


The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity

Updates and Recent Activities
The Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity is one of four councils under the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. Check out some of their recent activities here.

2017 Annual Program Meeting 

APM Call for Proposals Deadline
CSWE is now accepting proposals for presentations at its 63rd APM, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, October 19–22, 2017. The call for proposals closes on February 17, 2017, at 11:59 pm.

Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice

Webinar: Responding to the New Political Climate
The Diversity Center invites you to the webinar, “How should social work education respond to the changing political landscape?” on March 21, 12:00 pm (EDT). To register free of charge, please go to CSWE Learning Academy.


Katherine A. Kendall Institute 

Calls for Grant Proposals, Advisory Board Nominations
CSWE’s Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education has announced two exciting opportunities: a call for grant proposals and a call for Advisory Board nominations. Applications are due April 1, 2017.


CSWE Minority Fellowship Program

MFP Doctoral Fellowship Applications: Deadline February 28
CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) for doctoral social work students closes February 28, 2017; no exceptions or extensions will be granted. Please see the CSWE website for details.



Election Slate Nominees Announced
 The slate of nominees for the Board of Directors and National Nominating Committee, as prepared by the 2016–2017 National Nominating Committee, has been announced. Confirmed membership as of March 3 is required for voting eligibility; nomination-by-petition form, petition instructions, and candidate bio and statement form are available here.


Program Members in the News

National Homelessness Social Work Initiative Updates
The National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services just completed Year 2 of the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative, and Year 3 activities are off to a quick start. Read more in the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services' recent blog post.

Opportunities for Members

Social Work Students Advocacy Day on the Hill
On March 9, 2017, the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, the Gallaudet University Social Work Department, and the University of Connecticut’s Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work will sponsor Social Work Students Advocacy Day on the Hill.  CSWE will participate in the day-long event and encourage social work students, faculty, and recent graduates to participate, as well; click here to register for the event.

CRISP Policy and Politics Forum
CSWE is co-sponsoring the Policy and Politics Forum with the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP). The event will feature sessions on civic engagement in the contemporary political environment and an evening reception honoring former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns. The forum will be held on March 8, 2017, from 9:00 am–10:30 am at the National Press Club in Washington, DC; registration is required.

NORC Requests Applications for Adolescent SBIRT Instructors Program
NORC at the University of Chicago is working with CSWE, the Center for Clinical Social Work, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and technology partner Kognito to develop and evaluate an adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curricula for nursing, social work, and interprofessional education programs. Complete the online form to join the Learning Collaborative and receive more details about the adolescent SBIRT curriculum.
SSA Requests Applications for Research Stipends
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation, and disability issues through the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work Small Grant Program. Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or postdoctoral-level graduate students and must submit applications by March 2, 2017.
Request for Proposal: Innovation in Mental Health Research, Programs, & Education
The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care has announced a new grant opportunity called Expanding the Science and Practice of Recovery-Based Mental Health Care and Supports (PDF).  Each award will be up to a maximum of $100,000, and smaller grants will be considered; a letter of intent must be submitted by May 1, 2017.
NASW Scholarships Announcement
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has extended its application deadline for the Supervisory Leaders in Aging program in Florida, Illinois, and Maryland. This professional development program, which is supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, improves the delivery of health care and social services to older adults by strengthening the supervision of staff providing direct social services; the application deadline is February 24.

Resources for Members

Curricular Guide for Gero Social Work Practice Now Available
The Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Gero Social Work Practice is now available as a free download!  The curriculum content and teaching resources available with this guide will help programs conceptualize specialized practice in aging and infuse aging into their curricula.
ACE Publishes Instruction and Student Outcomes White Paper
The American Council on Education, in collaboration with USA Funds, has released a new white paper that explores the connections between quality teaching and student success. Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes (PDF) provides insight into five key areas of the learning experience: transparency, pedagogical approaches, assessment, self-regulation, and alignment.

AACN's Custom Data Report Services Now Available
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN’s) Institutional Data Systems and Research Center (IDS) provides current and longitudinal data on student enrollment, graduations, and faculty salaries. IDS now offers customized data reports, often used for benchmarking purposes, to meet the individual needs of member institutions and other interested parties.

New Full Circle Format on the Horizon

To better serve our members, we will be moving to a newly branded newsletter, which will have an improved interface and user experience to work in concert with CSWE's newly developed website. In the interim, Full Circle will be functioning differently and published directly to our website. We thank you for your patience while we transition into the new e-newsletter system and we welcome your feedback.

Full Circle Submission Guidelines

External submissions for the Members in the News, Resources, Opportunities for Members, and Events Calendar sections are welcome! View the editorial guidelines for more information. CSWE reserves the right to edit or decide not to publish any item. The content deadline for the next issue is Tuesday, March 7, 2016.
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Upcoming Events

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Conference
March 1–5, 2017
New Orleans, LA

CSWE 63rd Annual Program Meeting
October 19–22, 2017
Dallas, TX

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