Social Work connects with South Korean university

The School of Social Work in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University has launched an International Social Work Education Exchange Program Initiative with the School of Social Welfare at Soongsil University in South Korea.

Visitors from South Korea will be meeting with SJSU social work students and faculty members this week, with a brown bag seminar planned for Nov. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Washington Square Hall 215. No RSVP is necessary, but for more information contact Dr. Meekyung Han at

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School hosted clinical symposium Oct. 5

The School of Social Work Alumni Association hosted its second annual clinical symposium October 5th. The title of the program was, “Understanding Opioid Addiction and Addiction Medication: How it Works to Achieve Recovery.”  The keynote speaker was Dr. Mark Stanford, Director of Addiction Medicine and Therapy Services at Santa Clara County VMC. Five panelists, all whom are alumni from the School of Social Work and who work at the center, presented on their specific work with various populations within the program.

Author in Conversation event Nov. 13

School of Social Work professor Emily Bruce helped to coordinate an Author in Conversation event featuring Jewelle Taylor Gibbs on Nov. 13, an event sponsored by the San Jose State University African American Studies department. Gibbs discussed her book, “Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter” at the event.

Gibbs book traces 200 years of history to show how the Taylor family achieved upward mobility despite social and racial barriers.

Gibbs has a bachelor’s from Radcliffe College, a master’s of arts, a master’s of social work and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as a psychiatric social worker at Stanford, as a clinical psychologist in private practice and is a faculty member at UC Berkeley.

She is the author of four other books, “Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species,” “Children of color: Psychological Interventions with Culturally Diverse Youth (with Larke Nahme Huang,)” “Race and Justice: Rodney King and O.J. Simpson in a House Divided,” and “Preserving Privilege: California Propositions, Politics and People of Color (with Teiahsha Bankhead.)”

Bruce said via email that Gibbs has spoken at the School of Social Work graduations and is a mentor to current faculty at SJSU.


Students: Travel to South Korea this summer

San José State University students have an opportunity to find out more about an opportunity to travel to South Korea this summer on a faculty-led, three unit course offered through the School of Social Work in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts. Professors Meekyung Han and Sang E. Lee will be leading the proposed course, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

The course, “Social Services and Social Work in S. Korea: History, Cultures and Social Changes,” will run June 15-29. It will provide students with a framework for understanding and critically analyzing the important cultural, economic, historical, social, political and global factors that inform the challenges facing social services and social workers in contemporary South Korea.

Informational sessions will be held Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. and Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. in the School of Social Work, Washington Square Hall 215. Additional informational sessions will be held in March.

For a full list of faculty-led programs, visit Programs are offered in the summer, winter and by the semester.

Additional summer programs offered through the College of Applied Sciences and Arts include RECL 111/GLST 188: Paris: City of Cultures, taught by Linda Levine and David Buseck, and MCOM 180: Global Leadership, taught by Mathew Cabot. More courses may be pending approval.

For more information on the program in Korea, email Professors Meekyung Han at or Sang E. Lee at