What is International Social Work?
The AEIR Scholars will host Lauren Bienkowski of the American Refugee Committee world headquarters
Date & Time:
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Summit Classroom Building, SCB 324, University of St. Thomas
Area of Emphasis in Practice with Immigrants and Refugees (AEIR) scholars are hosting a guest speaker/social worker, Lauren Bienkowski (see bio below), from the American Refugee Committee (ARC) headquarters. Lauren will offer a presentation to address the big question, "What is International Social Work?" Drawing from her own current international experience she will talk about the role of social workers in international settings. She will also describe her own career path that lead her to her current role in one of the most well respected non-government organizations serving refugees in international settings.
The event is open to all students, alumni, and faculty/staff. Registration is requested for planning purposes, but walk-ins will be welcomed.
Professional Bio for Lauren Bienkowsk:
Lauren Bienkowski is currently the Gender-based Violence Technical Officer for the American Refugee Committee based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lauren graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Social Work and a Master of International Public Health and has since been working in the fields of social work and humanitarian aid. Since 2006, Lauren has managed protection programs with the American Refugee Committee, International Rescue Committee, and UNICEF in Uganda, Sudan (Darfur), South Sudan, Thailand, and Liberia. Her work concentrates on collaborating with local populations to develop or enhance child protection and gender-based violence interventions that promote safer environments and functioning social services for communities affected by conflict.
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