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SU's School of Social Work Hosts Virtual Teach-In on COVID-19

Virtual Teach-In Zoom ScreenshotSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s School of Social Work recently held a “Virtual Teach-In” learning session with over 500 students and faculty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on learning and the duties of social workers. 

The three-hour video conference featured experts across medical and education fields, and provided a comprehensive look at the crisis from a social work standpoint that emphasized the importance of service, human relationships, and addressing social injustice. 

“It’s important for us all to come together and spread awareness about COVID-19 and to be safe and smart about what is happening,” said graduate student Ryan Richardson, of Salisbury. 

Beyond providing information about the pandemic and the role of social work during these times, the session helped student morale and provided the community that many are craving in this time of heightened isolation.

“I was feeling down and uncertain but this activity has brightened my outlook by getting to discuss how we will help others,” said junior Bailey Harris of Cordova, MD. 

The group discussed ways to get involved in COVID-19 relief efforts such as donating blood, volunteering in their communities and participating in mutual aid programs. 

This session also provided the opportunity for discussion on recent changes in students’ personal lives and how to cope with their uncertainty.

“The impact and benefit of this session was clear from the student appreciation and feedback,” said Dr. Jennifer Jewell, interim director of SU’s School of Social Work.  “They were able to share concerns regarding vulnerable friends and family, employment loss, and multiple changes in their academic experience, including the cancelation of the much-anticipated spring commencement ceremony.” 

The School of Social Work also will host Twitter chats to allow students and faculty to connect and continue discussing these issues as they evolve. 

“As social workers, our work is often in a world of ambiguity, and we must continue to exercise flexibility in times like this as we navigate this global public health crisis,” said Jewell.  

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Website.