In spring semester 2017, Lianne Lee from Shift and Darren Lund from the Werklund School of Education offered a three-part series to both Faculty of Social Work and Werklund School of Education students. Each event consisted of lectures and facilitated discussions, allowing students to learn about children’s rights, social justice, social emotional learning and to collaboration of social workers and educators.
The objectives of the symposium were to:
- Strengthen education and social work students’ knowledge, confidence, and skills in fostering healthy youth relationships and preventing bullying in their work, contributing to the prevention of violence.
- Enhance education and social work students’ understanding of the role they have in advancing social justice and children’s rights in schools and community settings.
- Encourage education and social work students to examine the ways they might work together to support the wellbeing of children and youth.
- Foster long-term collaboration between the Faculty of Social Work, the Werklund School of Education, and other faculties to advance student learning, strengthen interdisciplinary research and practices, and contribute to a society that promotes justice and equity.