The human and social problems that social workers contend with every day often have their roots in the past: political upheavals that led to the marginalization of one group within the society, for example, or a wave of immigration to a new social setting.

Mersburg Exchange Group

Ruth Weiner, Holocaust educator, addresses University of Merseburg and UConn social work students during a day-long conference that was part of an academic exchange program. (School of Social Work/UConn Photo)

A travel-study academic exchange program at the School of Social Work encourages UConn students to explore the Holocaust and its ongoing effects in Germany, while students from the University of Merseburg, Germany, learn about the history of race in the U.S. and its legacy in the present.

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