Creating Macro Social Work Field Placements Through a University Campus Social Justice Issue

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Social Work


Providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities to supplement hypothetical classroom lessons involving macro social work often presents challenges for educators. Applying theoretical lessons to real-world settings has the potential to significantly boost student critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities. Skill acquisition in these settings can help create job-ready graduates who apply for management or leadership positions. This article provides an overview of a social work field placement setting developed on a university campus in the U.S. Deep South. The mission of the field placement program is to address the needs of underserved students, staff, and faculty who were experiencing food insecurity or who lacked other vital resources. Lessons learned by graduate students along with implications for social work education are provided.

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Journal of Social Work Education

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