Community Engagement and Social Justice is the theme of the 2022 convening of the International Summer University in Social Work, a two-week academic program that enriches the professional experiences, knowledge and skills of participants from all over the world.
Hosted by UCLA Luskin Social Welfare, this year’s ISUSW features lectures from top scholars, dynamic workshops, site visits and cultural outings with the aim of creating a space of collective inquiry and community-engaged scholarship, advocacy and activism.
JULY 11, 2022
Karina Walters, School of Social Work, University of Washington
JULY 12, 2022
Laura Wray-Lake, UCLA Luskin Social Welfare
JULY 13, 2022
Antoine Coulombe, University of British Columbia, Canada
JULY 14, 2022
Shinto Joseph, Ragagiri College of Social Sciences, India
JULY 15, 2022
David Pichonnaz, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland
JULY 18, 2022
Hanita Kosher, School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
JULY 19, 2022
Hong-Jae Park, Western Sydney University, Australia
JULY 20, 2022
Miao Yu, Shandong University, China
JULY 21, 2022
David C. Turner III, University of California, Los Angeles
JULY 22, 2022
Steven Sek-yum Ngai, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
The L.A. of My Dreams — A Poem
The L.A. of my dreams had luxury and wealth and the ability to mesmerise whoever comes to it. The City of Angles – as they say – was the land of great opportunity and freedom.
The L.A. of my dreams greeted me with the best that the world could offer and had me believing that it could never disappoint me. The L.A. of my dreams had towering buildings and skyscrapers. The L.A. of my dreams was decked up with glimmering lights and fancy cars. The L.A. of my dreams showed me what life could be when lived to the best. The L.A. of my dreams had whatever I asked for and more.
But, it was when I woke up in L.A. that I realised it was not all glimmer and shine. When I woke up in L.A. I realised those skyscrapers were acting as a source of shade for the people who were forgotten in the City of Angels. When I woke up in L.A. I realised how an abundance of resources did not translate into equal access to resources. When I woke up in L.A. I realised that the gap between justice and despair was widened by the day. When I woke up in L.A. I realised how institutions of power felt vigours when power was taken away from the poor and the needy. When I woke up in L.A. I realised how individuals accepted their state of being as their fate. It was when I woke up in L.A. that I realised, that not everyone in this city is treated as an Angel.
I still love the L.A. in my dreams as it showed me what Los Angeles could be. And I am hopeful that the next time I wake up in L.A. I would feel like I’m still dreaming but that won’t be true.
— Bobby Benny, student at Rajagiri College of Social Science in India