Session: Grand Challenges for Social Work Roundtable: Vision, Mission, Principles, and Guideposts for Action (Society for Social Work and Research 23rd Annual Conference - Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence)

238 Grand Challenges for Social Work Roundtable: Vision, Mission, Principles, and Guideposts for Action

Saturday, January 19, 2019: 12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Golden Gate 8, Lobby Level (Hilton San Francisco)
Karina Walters, PhD, University of Washington, Charles Lewis, PhD, Not applicable, Trina Shanks, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michael Sherraden, PhD, Washington University in Saint Louis and Edwina Uehara, PhD, University of Washington
The need for scientific advance in the solution of deeply significantly human problems is acute, but given the scale of human need, requires a fundamentally different approach that connects discovery to implementation and professional transformation. The Grand Challenges for Social Work represent this critically needed 21st agenda for social change. To better contextualize and provide guiding principles for current and future grand challenges, a sub-committee formulated a vision, mission, and principles statement to guide the process and protocols of the Grand Challenges and the corresponding initiatives.

Over the past two years following formal launch of this movement in January, 2016, distinct lines of activity have formed. This panel will explore a critical juncture and reasoning for development of a Vision, Mission, and Principles statement for GCSW. GCSW will shape a more positive future for our society by promoting Grand Challenges that are culturally relevant, attainable, generative, multidisciplinary, scientifically sound, and sustainable. Important critiques will be acknowledged and addressed, particularly the pathways for progress to address racial equity and racism. All communities and populations deserve access to a full and healthful life which is essential to a democratic society.The roundtable will engage participants in sharpening the GCSW’s vision, mission, the domains of concern, and guiding principles. These discussions will help to determine future directions for ensuring that the GCSW offers collaborative leadership in addressing societal inequities.

Ad Hoc Committee (alphabetical order): Rick Barth, Sarah Gehlert, Sean Joe, Charles E. Lewis Jr., Angelo McClain, Trina Shanks, Michael Sherraden, Edwina Uehara, & Karina L. Walters (Chair)

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