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School of Social Work Students and Faculty Conduct Shout Out at Lexington Market

On March 31, to mark the end of Social Work Month 2011, hundreds of social work practitioners, students, and educators across the country put on T-shirts and hats while distributing simple fliers and brochures that educate passers-by about what the profession does for the community.

In Baltimore, a group of University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students walked together from the School of Social Work to the "World Famous Lexington Market" to raise awareness of social workers and their services to the public for the Shout Out event.

Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, dean and professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work, said, "The Shout Out for Social Work is a celebration of the social work profession and an effort to tell social work's story to those who would benefit from knowing that social workers serve more than 10 million Americans each year and many more in other countries and assist with an extraordinary range of life transitions and crises [family and career strengthening, recovery, the best services for yourself or your family, or support facing the challenge of deployment]."

He continued, "Social work students and faculty are out in public settings all along the East Coast to shout out the message of social work. It was great to have students from Coppin State University join us in this action. Social work students are very busy at this time of year finishing their internships and coursework, but they were out en masse to let the community know what they are studying to do!"

During the activities in Baltimore, nearly 50 students, faculty, and staff from the University of Maryland and Coppin State University raised awareness, sang, and interacted with about 100 patrons of the historic market.

A group of six from Coppin State University included the head of its Department of Social Work, Errol Bolden, PhD, MSW, MPH.

Also participating in the Shout Out at Lexington Market were two UM alumni wearing matching black T-shirts that asked, 'Got Social Work?' Juanita Maye, MSW '93, and Sharee People, MSW '04, are with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.

Posting Date: 04/08/2011
Contact Name: Patricia Fanning
Contact Phone: 410-706-7946
Contact Email: pfanning@umaryland.edu