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SSW Response to the Shooting of Philando Castile

We are all in shock in the wake of the latest incident of a lethal shooting of an African American man by a police officer that happened at our very doorstep. The killing of Philando Castile on July 6, coming in the wake of the shooting of two Muslim men in Dinkytown,  touches many of us personally and all of us as members of a profession dedicated to social justice, and aware of the racism and structural inequalities that are endemic to our communities.

This event is unfolding right now and we are at a point where there are more questions than answers. Even though we await the outcome of an investigation, we in the School of Social Work are asking if there is something we must do in the immediate future.

We are reaching out to you, our students and academic community, to come  together to listen to each other and join in conversation that may lead us to a greater understanding as to what our role should be as social work students, practitioners, and educators. We know that many of our students and faculty members have significant expertise and experiences that will enhance our conversation and decisions.

To this end we invite the School of Social Work community to come together on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:00 p.m. in room 155, Peters Hall.

In addition, we understand that some of us are directly affected by this event, and may find it helpful to come together at an earlier time to talk and share reactions, and for support. Tomorrow, Friday, July 8, at noon in room 5, Peters Hall, the School will provide this opportunity, facilitated by a professional trained in trauma response.

For those who are interested, a vigil for Castile is being planned for 5:30 p.m. today (July 7) at the J.J. Hill School, 998 Selby Ave.. St. Paul.

The School School of Social Work: Leadership for a Just and Caring Society

At the School of Social Work, we practice what we teach: leadership, scholarship, social justice, and community engagement.

Since our founding in 1917, we have graduated more than 4,500 professional social workers, youth workers, scholars, advocates and policy makers who serve our state, country and beyond. Our Ph.D. and M.S.W. programs promote the knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession. Our Youth Development Leadership M.Ed program supports an expanded understanding of young people, in the United States and internationally. Our undergraduate programs—youth studies, family violence prevention, and social justice—support and promote ways of valuing, living, and working in the world that further social change and the common good.

Research Distinguishes Our Programs

The School of Social Work is an integral part of a world-class research university. Our graduate programs are unique in Minnesota, preparing a diverse student body to be research-savvy professionals and scholars, and providing research and engagement with a local-to-global impact. Our undergraduate programs are interdisciplinary; emphasize community engagement and putting theory into practice, and build on the strengths of our faculty members and their research.

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