Welcome Letter to New MSW Students
We are very excited to have you join us and we are looking to the MSW orientation on August 28. Each year at orientation, we hold faculty and student discussion groups focused on a pressing social welfare topic.
This year, our discussion groups will address immigration, with particular emphasis on boarder separation policies and immigration restrictions more broadly. We will consider both the policy and practice implications of these changes for social workers and our clients.
Below are five articles and one podcast that we require you to read/listen to before orientation. Please come prepared to discuss these materials and feel free to bring notes and questions based on your review. We look forward to meeting everyone and discussing these issues.
Click on the links below for the required reading/listening list
- MacKenzie, M., Boss, E. & Zeanah, C. (2017). Separating families at the border — Consequences for children’s health and well-being. New England Journal of Medicine, 376(24), 2314-1315.
- Rinaldi, T. & Shah, A. (2017, Aug 22). Immigration is a 'tug of emotions.' It's also a mental health issue. PRI's The World. (Podcast)
- Chang, A. (2018, June 19). Family separation at the boarder: A visual explainer. How family separation became a Trump administration strategy. Vox.com.
- Corchado, A. (2018, June 2). The Mexican revival of small town America. The New York Times.
- Muzaffar C., Pierce, S. & Bolter, J. (2018, March 22). Even as Congress remains on the sidelines, the Trump administration slows legal immigration. Policy Beat. Migration Policy Institute.
- Jones, S. (2012). Working with immigrant clients: Perils and possibilities for social workers. Families in Society, 93(1), 47-53.
The links below for further reading are not required, but are suggested resources for students interested in practice and advocacy efforts around these topics.