Social Workers Come Out To Discuss Ferguson
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant
Last night social workers took to Twitter to discuss how the professions response to the events in Ferguson, MO.
The discussion was part of the #MacroSW Twitter chat that takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. I moderated the chat on behalf of ACOSA (@acosaorg). You can read the chat transcript here. Please share it with your social networks.
I’m thrilled by how active the discussion was. It was the first time in a long time that I had trouble keeping up with the comments. Most surprisingly was how active NASW (@nasw) was on this chat. Perhaps they have a new social media manager, because it is most usual to see them engaging in non-NASW run online discussions.
One of the things I learned was that NASW wrote a social justice brief on Ferguson. You can read the brief on NASW’s website.
Karen Zgoda (@karenzgoda), part of the #MacroSW chat collaborative, made this suggestion:
Social Work Helper (@swhelpercom) made several recommendations, including:
Others shared thoughts on the statement issued by ACOSA:
If you haven’t read it yet, you can read ACOSA’s statement here.
A handful of chat participants stated that their university either organized campus wide discussions or that individual professors had engage their classes in a discussion about Michael Brown and the Ferguson Protests.
Hopefully these discussions will continue and will translate into action.
There will be a special #MacroSW chat on 10/28. Jimmy Young and Laurel I. Hitchcock will be moderating. Young and Hitchcock have developed a social media assignment for social work students.
The assignment involves students watching the documentary Inequality for All and then participating in the live Twitter chat. They are looking for social work and human services educators to get involved and offer feedback on the assignment.
You can learn more about this on Laurel Hitchcock’s blog. Included in her post is a link to the documentary.