March 20, 2019

Students chatting in the Capitol

A panel of social work students and early career social workers addressed the question: Can Social Work Help Save Democracy? This question was the subject of a panel discussion during the recent national meeting of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work (NADD) when a panel of deans and directors responded to issues raised in Dr. Nancy MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. MacLean, the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and an award-winning scholar of 20th century American history details the libertarian quest for dominance in American politics and governance.

Today’s headlines are filled with billionaires seeking to occupy the White which she describes as a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots taking over the U.S. government. According to MacLean, the capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance.

The panel explored the viewpoint of young social workers who will be faced with these challenges in the years ahead, and included the following; Kendall Bentsen, Organizer, National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), Daryl Campbell, Clinical Social Worker Intern and Certified Addiction Professional, Justice for Life, Ali Lozano, Graduate Student, University of Houston, Aretha Pereira, MSW Candidate, Columbia University, José Rodriguez, Board Chair, GLSEN New York City Chapter and MSW Student, NYU Silver, and Suge Zhang (BA & BS '18), Founding Member, Ideation Worldwide and MSW Student, NYU Silver.  

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Kendall Bentsen

Kendall Bentsen

Daryl Campbell

Daryl Campbell

Ali Lozano

Ali Lozano

Aretha Pereira

Aretha Pereira

José Rodriguez

José Rodriguez

Suge Zhang

Suge Zhang