Wurzweiler School of Social Work and Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work hosted the visit of twenty two social work students from Jerusalem. These students are enrolled in BA and MSW programs at Hebrew University's Baerwald School of Social Work. Their study seminar in New York included site visits to social Service agencies, walking tours of different multi-ethnic neighborhoods in the city, lectures by social work faculty, and informal programs with social work students here. The Israeli group was led by its community social work professor, Dr. Edit Bloom Cohen.
The Baerwald School students toured the Washington Heights community with Alan
Sidransky, an author and local community activist who emphasized the importance
of social workers to cross boundaries and appreciate the cultural and ethnic
backgrounds of the client groups they work with. The group was then warmly
received by the staff of Fresh Youth Initiatives to learn about the goals and
services of this youth serving agency in the Washington Heights
neighborhood. The Israeli students met with youth served by the agency as
they rotated to its various afternoon activities. The students were
impressed with the work of the agency and the dynamic and passionate leadership
of its executive director, Steven Ramos.
Blog entry courtesy of :
Saul Andron, Ph.D.
Hausman Chair in Communal Social Work
Wurzweiler School of Social Work