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Reproductive Justice 2019: Perils and Prospects

The personal is the political has been a part of the American vocabulary since at least the 1960s. Initially this argument was a source of identity and politics-making in the male public arena, not the female domestic space. Recently, this personal has been targeted in both Western Europe and North America where varying nationalist resurgences have resulted in anti-choice legislation. In response, some American states have passed reproductive-specific protections through legislative acts of their own. Against the backdrop of culture war, what does this renewed attention to female agency and their bodies say about our broken, polarized present? What prospects lay ahead for women? And more importantly, what perils?

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Opening Remarks

Dr. Nancy Mezey – Dean of the Honors School


Dr. Rekha Datta – Interim Provost

Host and Organizer

Dr. L. Benjamin Rolsky


Anne C. Deepak – Associate Professor of Social Work

Sasha N. Canan – Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education

Lazara G. Paz-Gonzalez – Adjunct Professor of Nursing and Health Studies

Sponsored By:

The Provost’s Office, The School of Humanities & Social Science and the Department of History & Anthropology in conjunction with the Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies, The University Library, The Leon Hess Business School, The School of Education, The School of Social Work, and The Honors School.

Graduate Information Session

This Information Session will cover only the Master of Social Work (MSW) program.

School of Social Work 40th Anniversary Celebration

Monmouth University’s School of Social Work celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary with a celebration in historic Wilson Hall on Friday, September 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.

With a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres available, this event will feature a Grand Door Prize, presentation of the school’s Jane Addams Social Work Visionary Award, a basket auction, “Photos with Shadow,” 40 Voices Project, Walking History Docents and much more! All proceeds will benefit the School of Social Work.

Tickets are $40 per person (tax deductible of $10), and 2015 grads and current Social Work students can attend free! For more information and tickets, please call 732-571-3543.

Dr. Paul Shane Annual Policy Symposium

You are invited to attend the

Dr. Paul Shane Annual Policy Symposium

Themes: Race Relations & Environmental Justice

Friday, February 26, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monmouth University
Anacon A & B, Student Center
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Program begins 10 a.m.
The event is FREE



 NJ Baccalaureate Social Work Education Association

 Monmouth University School of Social Work

 National Association of Social Workers, New Jersey Chapter



 Sanjana Ragudaran

Annual Symposium on Influencing Government Policy
Call for Papers

This year the annual Symposium on Influencing Government Policy will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The annual Symposium on Influencing Government Policy is sponsored by the New Jersey Baccalaureate Social Work Education Association (NJBSWEA), and the National Association of Social Workers –New Jersey Chapter (NASW-NJ). The focus of this year’s symposium will be on Race Relations and Environmental Justice, and will include a Keynote speaker followed by a series of workshops that explore related policy issues.

BSW and MSW students are encouraged to participate in this year’s symposium by developing poster presentations. These posters must be related to the policy arena. Student’s posters may involve:

  • a discussion of the policy advocacy efforts students have participated in
  • a discussion of student research findings that have direct relevance to the policy arena
  • a discussion of a practice experience that has direct relevance to the policy arena
  • a theoretical analysis of an ethical dilemmas faced in the policy arena,
  • a discussion of a special events the student has participated in that have direct relevance to the policy arena
  • a policy analysis
  • another focus that is of direct relevance to the topic of social justice in the policy arena

Students interested in presenting posters should submit a title for their presentation, the names of presenting students, and an abstract to their school’s NJBSWEA representative. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should provide a concise overview of the content of the poster presentation. Proposals will be reviewed based upon their clarity and focus, relevance to the topic of social justice in the policy arena, and strength of design. Students whose poster presentation proposals are accepted will be required to develop a mounted poster, and informally discuss their content with those who visit their poster station during the symposium.

Abstract Submission Due Date: Feb 12, 2016

Barbera-Villegas International Social Work Lecture: Lena Dominelli

Barbera-Villegas International Social Work Lecture

December 6, 2016

5:30 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium

5 p.m., Reception, Wilson Hall Auditorium Lobby

Lena Dominelli

Lena Dominelli, Professor of Applied Social Sciences, University of Durham, United Kingdom

Beyond Social Exclusion: Incorporating Environmental Justice with Social Justice

Lena Dominelli, Professor of Applied Social Sciences and Academician in the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences, is an experienced educator, practitioner and researcher. Professor Dominelli is also a Co-Director for the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Research with specific responsibility for the Vulnerability and Resilience Programme. In this latter capacity, she endeavours to bring people together in research dialogues across the physical sciences, social sciences, health sciences, arts and humanities. She is currently also the Chair of the International Association of Schools of Social Work’s (IASSW’s) Committee on Disaster Interventions, Climate Change and Sustainability.

Professor Dominelli argues passionately for the realization of human freedom from social inequalities and injustices in her writings, policy-making forums and communities seeking to change their social and physical environments. Her current research interests include: climate change and environmental social work; globalization; social and community development; social change; women’s well-being and welfare; motherhood; fatherhood; child well-being and children’s rights.

Among Lena’s most recent single authored books are: Social Work in a Globalizing World (2010); Introducing Social Work (2009); Anti-Racist Social Work (2008, 3rd Edn.); Women and Community Action (2006, 2nd Edn.); Social Work: Theory and Practice in a Changing Profession (2004). Key edited works include Social Work: Themes, Issues and Dilemmas (3rd Edn.); Critical Practice in Social Work (2nd Edn.); and Practicing Social Work in a Complex World; (all 3 edited with R Adams and M Payne, 2009); and Broadening Horizons: International Exchanges in Social Work (edited with W Thomas Bernard, 2003).

Lena has received accolades for her contributions to social welfare in the international arena, including a medal from the Social Affairs Committee of the French Senate; and an Honorary Doctorate from the Univeristy of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Abstract to the Presentation by Professor Dominelli

Wealthy societies are becoming increasingly polarized as wealth is accumulated by a few wealthy individuals, mainly but not all, from the global North, to the detriment of working class children, women, older people, people from black and minority ethnic groups, asylum seekers and refugees. Wealth distribution has become so distorted that Oxfam (2016) has published, An Economy for the 1%, to argue that 62 individuals hold more wealth between them than 50 per cent of the world’s population (3.6 billion people). Moreover, 53 of this super-wealthy elite group are men. According to the Forbes list of billionaires, the world’s richest man (Bill Gates) holds twice the wealth of the richest woman (Christy Walton). Women also hold only 24 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) positions in the Fortune 500 companies. While CEO salaries have become hugely inflated, salaries at the bottom end have remained stagnant or been reduced. For example, American CEOs have seen their salaries increase by 54 per cent since 2009 while salaries at the bottom have not moved. In India, a CEO earns 416 times the salary of the average worker. Women are concentrated in the lowest-paid, most precarious jobs, including dangerous work in the sweatshops of the world. These inequalities have been exacerbated in Europe through what I term ‘state-induced inequalities’ whereby public expenditure cuts and privatized welfare states are becoming the norm, and leading to rising social exclusion and inequality. Discourses about social justice are becoming marginalized, and environmental justice is scarcely considered, including in the post-Paris Agreement world.. The loss of re-distributive transfers through the welfare state mean that more and more people are struggling at society’s margins, merely to survive. Substantial numbers of people rely on food-banks and begging in major, affluent cities like London and Paris, as institutionalized solidarity in the shape of welfare benefits as of right become harder and harder to obtain.

Income inequalities lead to other forms of inequalities, including lost opportunities for the full growth and development of the talents of an individual. The ravages of a neo-liberal industrial model of development produce more losers than winners – the ‘one per cent and the rest’ as the Occupy Wall Street Movement put it. Intervening to prevent its march across the world demands a more sophisticated analysis than is evident to the public which is fed myths by a media that is dominated by right-wingers and right-wing politicians who have appropriated the words of progressive-minded individuals and turned them to their advantage. Such messages have legitimated racist discourses and intensified despair, social protests, loss of solidarity and empathy with those in difficulty, and lack of hope for a future that can deliver basic rights ranging from civic to environmental rights for all peoples living within a particular nation-state. In this presentation, I consider what social workers can do to promote a form of social justice that includes care for people, plants, animals and the planet in meeting human needs.