Posted: March 28th, 2022
Module 6: The Case for Macro Social Work (graded)
Carla: Intervention at a level beyond the individual is crucial in meeting the needs of entire communities and guiding systemic change. As social workers who are aware of the impact of individual goals which guide change, it is equally important to recognize the collective voice of communities which are comprised of the individuals to whom we are beholden in service and intervention. Healthy macro level intervention results from acknowledgment of the collective contributions of the individuals who comprise a community. Without awareness that the strength of a community is the result of the collective strengths of a group of committed inIndividuals, macro-level work is ineffective.
Social workers are uniquely poised to create and affect systematic change in groups and communities. To do so, employment of the strategies that are used in helping individuals change must be applied to a larger scale. By following three steps to empowerment: organizing, inquiry, and encouragement, social workers are able to generate momentum which feeds group and community progress. The documentary provided evidence of the importance of collective leadership, shared responsibility and macro-level intervention to meet the needs of a community in crisis. This creates a sustainable change, one in which members of the community who are directly affected by the group level successes and failures can equally contribute and claim.
Module 6: Disability & Social Inclusion (graded)
Peace: Disability & Social Inclusion
I call myself an “ally” because, at some point, I hit a transitional turning point. I went from simply not wanting to be racist and not wanting racism to exist, to acknowledging my complicity in structural racism (and other forms), actively wanting to combat that complicity, and desiring to do something real about racial injustice. Allies do not take a break, I am so proud of people who are always working, always voicing their voice but personal, I cannot see myself not taking breaks here and there. Because taking a break is one of myself care, I need to reflect on myself and hanging out with my family and friend. I believe that breaks are healthy, but also, it is very important for social workers to remind ourselves, that People of Color have no choice but to resist racism every single day of their lives. Women have no choice but to weather the shit storm of misogyny every day of their lives. Differently-abled people have no choice but to deal with and respond to ableism every day of their lives. (ALLEN, 2019) . Most people do not get breaks from disabilities or discrimination Allies Don’t Need to Be in the Spotlight I don’t agree with this point, as a social worker we are needed to step up, make the presentation and run for the house such as governors, CEO jobs and etc.. and there is no way you will not be on spotlight if you want to make a difference. Knowing that my privilege may afford you the spotlight sometimes, and there are times when you can use that spotlight to talk to people who share your identity, but whenever possible, allies turn that spotlight away from themselves and to the voices that are so often marginalized and ignored. (ALLEN, 2019). I think another really important point is that being an ally does not make you a part of the marginalized group you are trying to help. This seems to be an attitude mostly toward the LGBTQIA+ group – allies thinking that they belong in the community instead of just as a support for the community. Being aware of as a professional cannot take is self-awareness and, self-care. Knowing your weakness and strengths it will help me to stay true to myself and be able to provide honest service. I am so glad that we read this article because now I know the importance of a good ally.
ALLEN, J. (2019). So you call yourself an ally? SO YOU CALL YOURSELF AN ALLY.
Module 6: Film Review (graded)
Samantha: I will be reviewing the documentary 13th. This is a really heartbreaking and interesting look at the mass incarceration of black people (especially men) in our country. It follows the history of racism and oppression that Black people have experienced beginning from slavery up until the present day. Slavery was abolished, but through the prison system, slavery has just taken on a new form. This film connects with this course because it gives us an up close and personal view of the suffering of this marginalized group, and how we as social workers will be on the front lines to help fight these injustices.
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