Center for International Social Work Studies
The Center for International Social Work Studies at the UConn School of Social Work was established in 1992 to promote knowledge building and professional competence in international social work and human rights. The School of Social Work recognizes the growing importance of social work’s involvement in international problem solving and policy development. A global perspective on human needs, social policy, and practice interventions can best address the social problems of an increasingly interdependent world. While broadly focused on international knowledge related to social work and social development, the Center emphasizes the application of a global and human rights perspective to social workers’ practice in their own communities and internationally.
Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work
The Nancy A. Humphreys Institute works to increase the political participation and power of all social workers and the communities they serve so public policy reflects our profession’s values and commitment to social justice through nonpartisan voter engagement, our renowned Campaign School for Social Workers, lobby days, participation in the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign, advocacy for voting rights and access, and other activities. We train all MSW students, agency field supervisors, community leaders, and the profession on the importance of voter turnout to healthy communities, organizational mission and impact as well as specific ways to support clients and communities to vote. We are one of the founders of the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign and VotingIsSocialWork.org. Through the Campaign School have trained more than 2,000 students and advocates to be leaders in policy and politics.
Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project
The Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) was founded in 1980 under the leadership of Dr. Julio Morales as a model program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Project is unique because of its mission to advance the well-being of Latin@s through education, research, and community engagement on local, national and global levels. It is one of the few Projects of its nature in schools of social work in the United States. The PRLSP has been referenced and used as a model in various arenas such as the Council on Social Work Education and different social work programs throughout the nation.