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ATLANTA (Sept. 29, 2015) — Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work will hold its 95th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 3. The celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a campus tour followed by symposiums. CAU President Ronald A. Johnson will deliver the keynote address at a 6 p.m. gala dinner in the Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center.
Johnson’s dinner speech will outline CAU’s course in “Mobilizing for the Future.” At the symposium, Charles E. Lewis, president, Board of Directors, Congressional Black Institute for Social Work & Policy, will engage in a discussion on “Protecting Voting Rights: A Challenge for Social Workers.” In another session, Dorcas D. Bowles, Ed.D., interim dean of the School, and Dr. June Gary Hopps, the Thomas Parham Professor at the University of Georgia School of Social Work, will discuss, “The Influence/Impact of HBCUs on the Social Work Profession.”
The School of Social Work was founded in 1920 as the Atlanta School of Social Work and incorporated under the laws of Georgia in 1925. In the beginning, the School awarded certificates. The Atlanta School of Social Work joined with Atlanta University in 1947 and was named Atlanta University School of Social Work. Upon its affiliation with Atlanta University, the School awarded Masters of Social Work (MSW) degrees. In 1977, the Baccalaureate Program in Social Work was founded at Clark College and in 1983, the Doctoral Program was established. When Atlanta University and Clark College were consolidated as Clark Atlanta University in 1988, the School became Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work and offered three degrees: BSW, MSW and Ph.D. When the School celebrated its 80th year in 2000, it was renamed Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work to honor its founding dean, civil rights icon Whitney M. Young Jr.
Membership in the American Association of Schools of Social Work was granted in 1928, making the School the first School of Social Work in the State of Georgia and the first historically black school to be accredited in the world. In 1952, the American Association of Schools of Social Work changed its name to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). When the Council on Social Work Education became the accrediting body, the School was designated a charter member. The School has maintained its accreditation since 1952. For 95 years, Whitney M. Young Jr., School of Social Work has garnered an outstanding reputation for producing competent social workers who become practitioners; educators; and leaders in agencies, organizations, communities and universities.
For gala tickets and more information, call 404-880-6600.
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