New Touro Graduate School of Social Work Attains National Recognition

MSW Students Visit United Nations in Honor of “World Social Work Day”- April 15th

April 10, 2008

New York, N.Y. - The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, which opened its doors to its first class of 45 students in September 2006, has achieved candidacy status from the Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting authority for social work education in the United States.

“I am extraordinarily proud of our students, faculty and staff in achieving this national recognition,” said Dr. Steven Huberman, founding dean. He said that full national accreditation is a process that is expected to take place over the next several years.

Also, in recognition of “World Social Work Day” on April 15th, a large delegation from the Graduate School recently participated in high-level meetings at the United Nations, discussing humanitarian aid, among other topics. On March 31st, 48 Touro students met with Craig Mokiber, deputy secretary, Office of the High Commission on Human Rights, and Margaret Bruce, a retired senior U.N. official who helped Eleanor Roosevelt draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On “World Social Work Day,” declared by the National Association of Social Workers, professional social workers worldwide celebrate the profession’s rich and diverse history.

“The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work is training a new generation of social workers to deliver humanitarian assistance in the United States and overseas,” Dean Huberman said. “We are educating our students to ensure access to food, medicine, education and health care, which were among the topics discussed during the U.N. visit.”

The School was launched fewer than 18 months ago by Touro’s President and Founder Dr. Bernard Lander, who was inspired to help bridge the divide between society’s haves and have-nots. In June, the School’s incoming class of 45 will become its first graduates.

A total of 125 graduate students representing diverse cultures, nationalities and religions are enrolled in programs that will make them eligible for both the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) degrees. The students are also working in over 50 local agencies, assisting with problems of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, child welfare, and abuse. The School is located at 43 West 23rd Street in Manhattan, with a satellite branch in Brooklyn on Kings Highway.

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