Associate Professor Dr. Joan Blakey has been elected to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Board of Directors.
Founded in 1952, CSWE is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. CSWE's Board of Directors is composed of members from across the country and represents educational programs, faculty, practitioners, ethnic minority groups, and private citizens. It governs the affairs of CSWE and exercises all the powers, rights, and privileges of CSWE, subject to the provisions of law and its bylaws.
Dr. Blakey will serve a three-year term as the Board's Graduate Faculty Representative. In her candidate statement, Dr. Blakey said "I am eager to give back to an organization and a profession that has been a critical part of my development as an educator, scholar, and researcher. I am an alumna of the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program and have served as a commissioner since 2016 and a track chair since 2019. Schools of social work are vital to creating solutions to complex problems, educating the next generation of social workers, and leading the fight for social justice. At this critical time in higher education, I want to be a part of shaping our collective future."
Her vision for CSWE is that it "lead the profession nationally and globally by promoting innovative policies and practices that enhance the ability of schools of social work to educate students to engage in all types of practice, promote well-being, and advocate for equitable conditions that lead to a sustainable future for individuals, families, organizations, and communities."
Join us in congratulating Dr. Blakey on this accomplishment. We look forward to the leadership she will provide to CSWE.