The inaugural CalSWEC Title IV-E Summit took place this year on April 20-21 at the Long Beach Marriott.
Approximately 350 attendees convened to participate in the event entitled, Social Justice in Child Welfare Today: Enhancing Equity for Tomorrow. The program was full of keynote speakers, workshops, and networking that enhanced knowledge of the child welfare field today.
Photo 1: Left to Right: Katie Porter (CSULB), Rod De Los Reyes (CSULB), Tina Paddock (USC), Holly Priebe-Sotelo (USC), Elizabeth Pringle-Hornsby (CSULB)
Photo 2: Left to Right – Julius Galles (CSUB, Title IV-E Student), Lisa Marsh (CSUS), Mirella Vargas (CSUS, Title IV-E Student), Jessica Andrews (CSUS, Title IV-E Student)
Photo 3 Left to Right: Jolene Hui (NASW-CA Membership Director), Cathy Ralph (UCB, NASW-CA President), Perry Crew (SJSU)
The Summit is a combination of two former events: Title IV-E Student Day and Title IV-E Field Institute. The events were combined to bring a higher attendee base and to cater to both students and partners. Also, the combined event offers more networking opportunities and a new Public Child Welfare Resource Zone for students to begin their job search.
Per the event program, the goals of the summit were:
- To enhance equity for diverse communities by supporting skill building for holistic practice, addressing implicit bias, and working with intersectionality
- To learn from individuals impacted by the child welfare system and their perspectives on creating change to enhance equity
- To support implementation of the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model
For more information on the CalSWEC Title IV-E program: http://calswec.berkeley.edu/title-iv-e-stipend-program