CSU Campuses Cultivating Global Change
August 18, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
CSU campuses provide students with a variety of programs, opportunities and amenities to enrich and expand their knowledge of the social work industry.
Campuses offer study abroad opportunities for students in the social work schools and programs as a way to gain an in-depth view of the social environments in other countries. For example, San José State University has offered programs in Argentina and México in past years to give students a better understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural history, as well as human rights issues and challenges in these countries.
Additionally, some campuses house research centers and institutes to support the growth of social work in the state and give students and staff a deeper comprehension of the profession. Some entities include the following:
Cal State Long Beach established the Child Welfare Training Centre to provide innovative and state-of-the-art training to Children’s Social Workers from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the largest child protective agency in the United States.
San Diego State houses several centers/institutes including: the Academy for Professional Excellence, which provides quality training and organizational support to health and human services agencies in the Southern California region; Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services, which offers a drunk driving education and treatment program; Consensus Organizing Center, which educates and trains a new generation of social workers in community building techniques; and the Social Policy Institute, which assists local, state and regional public and private sector leaders in the development of policies and programs that focus on family and community well-being.