Dear GSSWSR student community,
I've been thinking of all of you and hoping that you, and your family and friends, are well during this time of great uncertainty. I so appreciate the way that you, collectively, have responded to, and participated in, our GSSWSR community's efforts to create a new way of being and learning during this time of COVID-19.
Social work, as a profession, is often on the "front edge" of responding to new problems as they emerge and before they are entirely understood. One way that we navigate that experience is by bringing our knowledge, values and skills to the forefront, while at the same time remaining open to new understanding and experience. This "informed not knowing" approach supports our dual capacity for humility and agency in a time of great need and great unknowns. In this spirit, I will be writing from time to time to share resources.
As social workers, you know that racism and xenophobia, both on the rise as COVID-19 continues to spread, are antithetical to our mission and values and to our primary commitment to social justice. Below are two resources that describe lived experiences of structural inequality and inequity and, in particular, racism, during the spread of the coronavirus in the United States and around the world.
With gratitude for your commitment to community,
Janet Shapiro, MA, MSW, PhD
Dean and Professor
Director of the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing
Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research