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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.

The Learning Institute

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The Learning Institute: Global Well-Being and Social Change

Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change Conference

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 2015-2016 academic year, the Learning Institute is focused on poverty and human needs.  Poverty is among the greatest social issues we face today; its effects are pervasive and profound.  Poverty crosses boundaries of race, culture, and status and its consequences are of serious concern to the student, practitioner, and seeker of social change.  Poverty disproportionately affects people of color and the effects of living in poverty can be devastating for both adults and children (Iceland, 2013).

This year's conference, Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change invites presentations (poster format, paper, roundtable, and workshop) that investigate challenges faced by individuals here and abroad.  These presentations can be original research, theoretical framework, clinical interventions, pedagogy, or policy and advocacy.

The conference will take place at Millersville University’s downtown campus, The Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603) from June 8-10, 2016.

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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/DSW Co-Coordinator: 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. Heather Girvin

Stayer Hall, Room 317
Tel: (717) 871-7181