Social Work Education


On World Social Work Day 2018, the Editors and Editorial Board Members of Social Work Education: The International Journal are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017/2018 Social Work Student Activism Competition, and of the annual best article awards in three categories - empirical, conceptual and pedagogical. This is the second year that the Student Activism Competition has run, and we were very pleased to receive significantly more entries this year.  We received entries from all over the world, all of which were inspiring examples of social work students making a difference through taking action based on social work values and principles, and it was difficult to choose the winners. 

This year, we have awarded joint first prize to two submissions, with a cash prize of £500 to each project.

One of these goes to ‘Staying Human’, an entry submitted by students Veerle Meijer, Ledien University and Anne Slutter, of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.  

Understanding of and respect for human rights should underpin all social work practice. The judges felt that this project, in teaching young people about human rights, and equipping them to apply this learning in their own practice and engagement with others, provides an inspiring example, which other people can learn from and adapt to their own circumstances. We also liked the international dimension of this work, which is particularly relevant to World Social Work Day.

The other is awarded to ‘Elevate their Voices’, submitted by Michanda Gant and Tamarie Willis on behalf of Wayne State University Association of Black Social Workers student organization, of Wayne State University, USA.

The judges were impressed by the efforts made by these students to engage with their local community, and to use their social work training to address the problem of water insecurity in Detroit as a human rights and social justice issue. The video illustrates how students have come to understand the role of social work at a policy level, and the part that social workers can play in raising awareness, and promoting action for change.

We also chose three projects to receive runners-up awards of £150 each.

All the winners’ entries are available here, along with their 300 word summaries of their projects.  We hope that you will be inspired and encouraged by this work, and will consider entering this year’s competition, details of which are available on the journal website.

2017/2018 Social Work Student Activism Competition - Joint First Prize Winners

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JOINT FIRST PRIZE WINNER -- STAY HUMAN -- By Anne Slutter, The Youth Company/Saxion University for Applied Science, The Netherlands & Veerle Meijer, Leiden University, The Netherlands

JOINT FIRST PRIZE WINNER -- ELEVATE THEIR VOICES -- By Michanda Gant, Wayne State University, USA and President, Association of Black Social Workers & Tamarie Willis, Wayne State University, USA and Advisor, Association of Black Social Workers

Social Work Education: The International Journal -- Volume 36, 2017 BEST ARTICLES

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2017/2018 Social Work Student Activism Competition - Runner-up Videos

RUNNER-UP PRIZE -- STÓ:LŌ TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT -- By Taylor Nicholls, Katelyn Pesut, Kristin Dalen, Elizabeth Jonas, Melissa Ly, and Jamie Gazlay, All at the University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

RUNNER-UP PRIZE -- VIMUKTHI 2017 -- By Jijo Jose and Lena Steffens, both at Marian College, Kuttikkanam, India