CSWNA and Gannon University Social Work Conference

Hope Rising Like the Dawn

Join us to celebrate Social Work Month on the feast day of the patron saint of social workers, Saint Louise De Marillac as we explore the hopefilled role of the social workers in this era of ostensibly intractable and enduring social problems exacerbated by institutionalized racism.

Friday, March 15, 2019
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Guest Speaker Larry Oney

Larry OneyOrdained Catholic Deacon and business leader, Larry Oney is the author of Amazed by God's Grace: Overcoming Racial Divides  and founder of Hope & Purpose Ministries. A dynamic international speaker, Deacon Oney leverages humor, joy, and Scripture in his lively, invigorating, knowledgeable, and Spirit-filled presentations. Also featuring Jenni Bartholomew, Ph.D. and  Kathleen Belanger, Ph.D.

Conference Registration $20

(No charge for students with valid university identification) NASW-PA CE hours: $25 members and $35 non-members

All payments are due day of conference.

Register today by visiting our online registration form.

A special service event will also be held on Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m. - Noon.

For Students

Student Service Event

Calling all hands, minds and souls for a learning and serving experience in bringing hope to the city with the second highest poverty rates in Pennsylvania and the place USA Today reported as the ‘Worst city for Black Americans’ (Comen & Sauter, 2017; United Way, 2017).


Student housing is available on a limited basis for the evening of Friday March 15 for conference attendees joining in the faculty accompanied community service component of the conference the following day, Saturday March 16, 2019 from 8 a.m. to noon. Faculty are welcome to join us.

Call for Proposals

Submissions of proposals are invited that address social work related to the theme of Isaiah 58 in “setting free the oppressed.” Proposals should contribute to the education and growth of social workers and provide practical knowledge and insight into overcoming the obstacles presented by social problems at the intersection of racial disparities with any of the following categories:

  • Aging
  • Addiction/Recovery
  • Child Welfare
  • Domestic Violence
  • Health/Mental Health
  • Policy/Legislation
  • Ethics
  • Disabilities
  • Neighborhood Violence
  • Poverty
  • Community Building/Development
  • Other social problems

Please submit your proposals to abatta001@gannon.edu no later than November 30, 2018.

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