Social work major Peilla Ishimwe ‘21 shares how she has shaped her classroom, research, and now internship experiences to focus on something she is passionate about: working with immigrant and refugee communities.
What are our ethical responsibilities toward people who migrate? How does immigration affect a sense of identity—as individuals, as communities, as nationals? To explore these complex questions, students in a January Term Paideia 450 course made a classroom of regional communities.
An Iraq War veteran, a survivor of domestic abuse and an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina share their stories of survival and shine a light on what it's like living with and recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the documentary "Buried Above Ground." The screening and discussion of the film is 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 102, on the Luther campus.
Savannah Hartman, Luther College senior, worked for the Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging in Waterloo, Iowa, for her summer internship. Specifically, she worked in the Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention program. The daughter of Jeff and Jen Hartman of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Hartman graduated from Cedar Falls High School. She plans to graduate from Luther in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in social work.
Sthela Gun Holly Hanitrinirina, Luther College junior, was the Research and Evaluation intern for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Global Mission unit in Chicago, Illinois. She facilitated conversations on gender justice within the Global Mission unit, which will contribute to the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
Contemplating change as both a powerful tool of construction and a disruptive act, Susan Schmidt, Luther assistant professor of social work, will present Luther College's opening Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.
Over the course of the last 10 years, Decorah and other communities across northeastern Iowa have experienced multiple floods characterized as 100-year floods. As the effects of climate change intensify, events like these are only expected to increase. Halina Pyzdrowski, Luther College senior of Minnetonka, Minnesota, is researching flood resilience in the Upper Iowa Watershed for her summer research project at the college.
Iowa representative Mark Smith gave the keynote talk of the Don Kemp Memorial Lecture, titled “Social Workers Stand Up” on May 2. His talk focused on the history of social work and how social workers can use the past to inspire their work in the future.
Tyler Broadwell interns with the organization Chicago House where he worked on the Prevention Team to educate the LGBTQ community about HIV and sexual health.
Social work major Hannah Kaare ('17) spends a semester in Chicago interning at the Michael Barlow Center and growing her passion for criminal justice and prison reform.
Read one social work student's reflections on an exciting day at the Iowa State Capitol.
Social Work Major Sheldon Smith ('16) loved being part of the wrestling team at Luther, even working summers at Luther's wrestling camps for middle and high school students. It was his involvement in camps like these that made Smith decide to pursue a career working with teenagers.