25th Annual Daniel S. Sanders Peace and Social Justice Lecture

Social Work’s Contribution to Social Justice

April 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
I-Hotel and Conference Center, Urbana

Everyday throughout the world social workers make significant contributions to social justice, human rights and peace. This lecture will look at practice examples from countries with highly established welfare systems, countries without access to state social protection, and countries where the welfare systems are in collapse.

The lecture will examine the benefits and flaws of social protection (social security) systems from a social work community development perspective. Also, how social work can play a significant role in advancing sustainable social models that provide solutions to many of the contemporary global problems.

This event is free and open to the public.

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rory Truell

Dr. Truell is Secretary-General of the International Federation of Social Workers. IFSW comprises 110 country-level members and holds consultative status with the United Nations. As the global body representing practitioners, IFSW facilitates international policy and action that advances the profession’s unity and voice.

Truell was born in Northern Ireland, grew up in New Zealand, lives in Germany and works from Switzerland. Having travelled extensively visiting frontline social work practice settings, professional associations and government leaders, he has supported the development of social work in many countries. He holds an Honorary Professorship at Durham University and regularly writes in the Guardian, social work journals and other public media on the positive social and economic returns for investing in social work services.