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August 16, 2017

An East-West Exchange of Social Work Ideas

Adelphi student and Kwansei Gakuin University students

Adelphi and Kwansei Gakuin University students had the opportunity to explore social work practice and theory from new cultural perspectives.

How do social work theory and practice in the United States differ from Japan? Students in both Adelphi’s School of Social Work and Japan’s Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) are finding out, thanks to an exciting new partnership. From August 1–10, Adelphi hosted a week of cultural exchange as seven of our social work students served as ambassadors for six social work students from Japan.

The Adelphi and KGU contingents traveled into Manhattan for field visits to nonprofits where they learned from experienced social workers making a difference in the lives of children, adults and elderly New Yorkers. They also visited landmarks including the Tenement Museum, Ellis Island and the United Nations.

The week culminated in a symposium on social work topics, student presentations, and a farewell dinner with a talent show. The cultural exchange continues next summer when Associate Professor Bradley Zodikoff, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Chrisann Newransky, Ph.D., will lead a group of Adelphi social work students to Japan.

Adelphi and Kwansei Gakuin University students in Manhattan

KGU students visited the Henry Street Settlement, which was founded in 1893 by social work and public health pioneer Lillian Wald and based on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Today, the Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of social service, arts and health care programs to more than 60,000 New Yorkers each year.

Students and professors from Japan and Adelphi

The program culminated in a symposium, hosted by Adelphi University’s School of Social Work.


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