March Is National Social Worker Month

During National Professional Social Work Month, we are honoring our fellow social workers who give their time to help others with no hesitation. Social workers are there to listen to our problems without judging, provide motivation, and teach life lessons like budgeting or how to remedy trauma situations. In this social media society, there has been an increase in mental health issues especially in the African American universities and communities.

The National Center For Campus Public Safety partnered with HBCU Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators to discuss “preventing and intervening in incidents involving persons with mental health concerns.” Below are some of the findings from this 2016 discussion:

  • The need for mental health services is outpacing the growth in staffing and budgets for

mental health services at many HBCUs.

  • Too few campus safety officials and first responders are adequately trained in recognizing

mental illnesses or responding effectively to persons in distress.

  • HBCUs need clearer policies, more uniform procedures, and broader communication efforts

to manage mental health incidents more effectively and efficiently.

  • The social stigma attached to mental health is especially strong on campuses, and campus

leaders exacerbate this when they do not prioritize mental health programs.

 

We want to acknowledge some of our own social workers who have made a difference and still making a difference in the African American communities.

Dr. Dorothy Height “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement”

Dr. Height started her activism by campaigning against lynching while working as a social worker. She also established the “YWCA’s Center for Racial Justice, founding the National Women’s Political Caucus, leading the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and co-organizing the famous 1963 March on Washington.” She recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and President Barack Obama spoke highly of Dr. Height, “she never cared about who got the credit. What she cared about was the cause. The cause of justice, the cause of equality, the cause of opportunity, freedom’s cause.”

 

 

Alice Walker

Most known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple, Ms. Walker worked as social worker and teacher. Walker was and is very active in the Civil Rights Movement fighting for equality which we are still fighting today

 

Ruby M. Gourdine

The National Association of Social Workers recognizes Ms. Ruby as a pioneer in social work. She received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Howard University where she began her professional journey as a social worker. She is currently Chair of Direct Sequence Practice in the School of Social Work at Howard University.

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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”

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