Visit to Iowa Statehouse Representative Roger Thomas had the pleasure of meeting with Luther College students, mentors and Social Work Director Professor Craig Mosher at the Statehouse on Wed., February 20. Each student prepared a fact sheet on the legislative issue of interest to them.
J-Term 2013 Study Abroad
Social Work students and Associate Professor of Social Work, Britt Rhodes, traveled to Northern Ireland for a 3-week study abroad course in January 2013 titled Forging Paths to Peace: Personal, Political and Social Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
"Minimal Facts" Training Fifteen social work students attended the "Minimal Facts" Training with staff from the St. Luke's Child Protection Center. Students learned how to identify and talk to children who have experienced child sexual abuse.
Social Policy Students Lobby at State Capitol
Each year students in the social policy class go to the State Capitol in Des Moines to lobby the legislature. They meet with legislators, attend committee meetings and learn lobbying skills. They advocate for bills on issues such as: requiring photo IDs for voting, mental health system reform, and the placement of convicted sex offenders in care facilities and nursing homes.
Luther trio presents at Lutheran youth leaders gathering
College Ministries representatives Aaidha Majdhy ’11, Campus Pastor Amy Zalk Larson ’96, and Alma Gast ’10 presented on interfaith engagement at the 2010 annual gathering of the Council of Synod Lutheran Youth Organization Presidents (CSLYOPs), held at Camp Carol Joy Holling in Ashland, Neb., Oct. 28–31.
Gast, a social work grad, lives in Jersey City, N.J.,and volunteers at an after-school/safe-haven program for youth living in public housing.
Their presentation addressed the need for more respectful appreciation of—and bridge building with—persons of diverse religious commitments in a pluralistic world.
Meeting with Summers ’67 sparks Ea ’12 trip to Cambodia
Sally Ea ’12, a social work major from Maplewood, Minn., and her father, Houkling Ea, toured the ancient temple Angkor Wat during a nearly monthlong trip to Cambodia last summer. It was Ea’s first trip to the Asian nation—and her father’s first return trip since immigrating to the United States from Cambodia 30 years ago.
“I was overjoyed to finally meet my dad’s family—cousins, nieces, and nephews I never knew he had—and to see my culture firsthand,” she says. “I also got to see the towns where both my parents grew up.”
Ea and her family had discussed visiting Cambodia for some time, but it was a conversation she had on campus with Sense of Vocation program visitor Eileen Summers ’67 last April that inspired Ea and her father to finally book the trip.
“When Eileen came to campus last spring, I was surprised to learn that she had spent such a significant amount of time working in Cambodia,” says Ea, who met Summers for coffee while she was on campus. “I told her about my goal of working in international social services, and Eileen shared with me her story and how she landed in Cambodia.” Summers put Ea in contact with a colleague—Ellen Minotti, director of Social Services of Cambodia. “We were able to meet while I was in Cambodia and talk about the work of the agency and my future goals,” says Ea.