Interview: Dr. Lynetta Mathis on Social Work Day Panel

On this week’s Sustainability Now!, your host, UofL's Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, Dr. Justin Mog, is thrilled to have the studio filled with the amazing co-visionaries behind Social Work Day taking place at the Muhammad Ali Center on December 4, 2023 from noon to 2pm. This event seeks to explore art, research & design that illuminates Medical Racism, Human Erasure & Women's Rights, while helping participants understand place and the people erased from it, in honor of Mrs. Ada Doss Campbell. It’s an event where social work, public health, and public art collide. Guests on today’s show include:

1. Dr. Lynetta Mathis, Director of the DSW program at the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work and Family Science (…os/lynetta-mathis). Dr. Mathis is a clinical social worker with 17 years of practice experience in medical social work, therapeutic foster care and adoptions, and clinical supervision. Her scholarship focuses on postsecondary student mental health and social work field education. The overall goal of Dr. Mathis’ scholarship is to remove barriers and increase supports to foster student success.

2. Dr. Renee Campbell, Executive Director of the Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation (…adership) and a recent Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence! Her work includes teaching experience at numerous Colleges and Universities, and she served as the Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky for two years.

3. Tony Helm, Professor and Director of Campus Field Education at Spalding University's School of Social Work ( Professor Helm earned his MSSW from the University of Louisville, Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work and Family Science. His areas of interest include child welfare, LGBTQIA+, diversity and inclusion, and effective teaching. Professor Helm currently serves on the Diversity Consciousness Action Group (DCAG) and on local organizational boards.

4. Dr. Mindy Brooks-Eaves, Kentucky State University's Chair for School of Social Work (…y-brooks-eaves.php). Formerly worked at Louisville's Ujima Neighborhood Place. Dr. Eaves’ passion is equity, teaching, and sustainability of social workers with specific attention to disparity, blackness, identity, cultural inclusivity, and practicing radical self-care as a guiding principle. In 2021, she co-edited “The A to Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and other Helping Professionals” and published “Self-Care as Sociopolitical Liberation for Black Women” in The New Social Worker.

5. Marlesha Woods, Interdisciplinary Artist and Co-Curator for Social Work Day. Her work is still on display in the Ali Center's temporary "We Don't Wither" exhibit through December 18, 2023 (…ille-area-artists/).

As always, our feature is followed by your community action calendar for the week, so get your calendars out and get ready to take action for sustainability NOW!

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