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The social work classes and faculty offices are in Stayer Hall. The classroom environment lends itself to a variety of teaching formats and styles including lecture, practice simulations, and audio-visual presentations. The faculty-student FTE is BSW 1:19, MSW 1:12 and the classroom ratio range from 1:15 to 1:35, depending on the type of course. As a result, faculty are able to get to know each student in their classes.

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The Learning Institute: Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference

Children's Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, & Fostering Well-Being Among Our World's Children


Millersville University School of Social Work's Learning Institute is dedicated to investigating global social issues.  The Learning Institute provides a platform from which experts share their knowledge and offer training for agents of social change.  Each year, The Learning Institute hosts events that center on a particular theme reflected in the Learning Institute's literature, roster of speakers, and annual conference. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Learning Institute is focused on children's rights. The World Health Organization identifies children as a vulnerable population facing overwhelming challenges that compromise their development and well-being, while lacking the protections and resources that offer protection from harm (World Health Organization, 2016). UNICEF (2015) calls for the placement of children at the center of our global agenda, and identifies issues that compromise the well-being of children, including violence, child exploitation, poverty, exposure to conflict, and limited educational opportunities.

This year's conference, Children's Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, and Fostering Well-Being Among Our World's Children invites presentations (poster format, paper, roundtable, and workshop) that explore challenges faced by our children, as well as policies, programs, and practices that protect them and build opportunities for their increased well-being. These presentations can be original research, theoretical framework(s), clinical interventions, pedagogy, and/or policy/advocacy.

The conference will take place at Millersville University’s downtown campus, The Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603) from June 7-9, 2017.

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Contact Information

School of Social Work


Stayer Hall, Room 301
Millersville University
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551

BSW Secretary: Ms. Christine Kolenda

Tel: (717) 871-7206
Fax: (717) 871-7941

MSW/DSW Secretary: Ms. Beth Colvin

Tel: (717) 871-7170

Chairperson: Dr. Karen Rice

Stayer Hall, Room 307
Tel: (717) 871-5297

BSW Coordinator: Dr. Kathleen Walsh

Stayer Hall, Room 313
Tel: (717) 871-4896

MSW Co-Coordinator: Dr. Marc Felizzi

Stayer Hall, Room 312
Tel: (717) 871-7161

DSW Co-Coordinator: Dr. Laura Granruth

Stayer Hall, Room 311
Tel: (717) 871-5956

Program Information at a Glance