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Recent News/Studies

Posted January 26, 2015


Jason Plummer (California State University, Los Angeles) is collecting stories/information about social work's response to Ferguson.  He has created a Google forms sheet to gather information on the social work profession/community organized responses to the events of Ferguson and the Eric Garner Grand Jury verdict.  The completed database will be available for ACOSA members to review.


Posted October 2014


Innovative Programatic and Policy Responses to Poverty Conference

ACOSA was a co-sponsor of this conference.

Some of the conference presentations are posted here:

Posted September 2014

Leading Change Network Teaching Initiative


An opportunity to teach organizing/leadership to college students


Posted on July 23, 2014 by Leading Change Network


If you are a college or university instructor, please read this important message from Shana Berger, Leading Change Network Teaching Initiative Coordinator and let us know if you are interested in participating.


My name is Shana Berger, and I coordinate the Teaching Initiative of the Leading Change Network (LCN). LCN is a global community of organizers, teachers, and researchers that has grown out of the work of Marshall Ganz at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and his collaborators ( and


The goal of the LCN Teaching Initiative is to invite college and university educators to join us in expanding opportunities for students to learn community organizing, civic engagement, and leadership based on a pedagogy we have developed at Harvard College, Providence College, College of the Holy Cross, Stonehill College, Wellesley College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Michigan and Syracuse University.


Our approach is based on offering students an opportunity to organize others to work together to achieve shared purpose rooted in five specific practices: relationship building, story telling, strategizing, acting, and structuring. Students commit to values based "organizing projects" that require mobilizing others to determine, strategize, and achieve an outcome by the end of the semester. Students' learning is supported with lecture/discussion, readings, reflection papers, and skill workshops.


This pedagogy and similar curricula use various titles including "Organizing: People, Power and Change", "Practicing Democracy: Leadership, Community and Power", "Leading Change: Leadership, Organizing and Action".  (Syllabus for Organizing: People, Power and Change: ). We have also developed a "spin-off" course that focuses explicitly on the craft of "public narrative."


If this approach is of interest to you, we would like to invite you to join us in this effort. If you want to develop a course, we can support you in adapting this approach to your classroom. The "bottom line" is that we think a community of practice focused on this kind of teaching and learning could make a real contribution to the challenges our country, and this generation in particular, face.


I invite you to fill out our Teaching Initiative Interest Form at  We will follow up with you within two weeks of receiving your form.



Posted June 2014

MSW graduate students Jacqueline Coto, Rigo Estrada, Jessenia Reyes, and Rose Vazquez from the University of Southern California conducted a survey as a strategy to raise awareness to social workers as macro practitioners in various leadership fields.


Click on the links below for more info:


Op-Ed: A Spotlight on the MSW Leader


Infographic Link: