ONLINE EVENT: The Call for Social Work in Post-Election America

December 16, 2016 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the action! A major change is coming to Washington. A CSSW student leader and an advocacy professor discuss how social work can address today’s challenges.


About the speakers

Nick Baitoo, MSW’17, is a second-year graduate student at the School of Social Work, focusing on Advanced Clinical Practice with an emphasis on Contemporary Social Issues. He is founder and co-president of the School’s Middle Eastern Caucus. Before coming to Columbia, Nick worked in programs supporting homeless youth and was also involved in education as a teacher and as an evaluator of after-school programs. In his current field placement at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Nick helps to provide health care and related services to New York’s LGBTQ communities. Upon graduation he plans to continue working to empower Middle Eastern and LGBTQ-identifying communities, in addition to teaching and conducting research.

John Robertson, LMSW, PhD (CSSW’95), has taught Policy and Advocacy at CSSW for twenty years. In addition to teaching, Robertson has practiced community social work in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn for the last 35 years, with a focus on elder care, the treatment of substance abusers, and reentry programs for inmates. He has also worked for many years as lobbyist and community organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation. For more information, please see Professor Robertson’s CSSW bio.


NOTE: This event will take place at:

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST

How it works:

We will be using Adobe Connect to host the Webinar. You will log in as a guest.


All registratrants will receive a reminder containing this link on the day of the event.

Note: You can log in on your mobile device by using the free Adobe Connect app, available for Android and iPhone.

To participate, you need:

  • A computer/mobile device & speakers/headphones.
  • An Internet connection: Ethernet is more reliable than wifi; any Internet browser should work except for Google Chrome.


About the program

How does a social worker move from case to cause? Whether you are already a social worker or called to become one, this Online Event has been designed to give you an idea of the tools that will be needed to speak for your clients collectively and to build an effective coalition on behalf of social justice.

Event sponsor:

This Online Event is brought to you by the Columbia School of Social Work’s Online Campus.The FINAL deadline for Fall 2017 entry to our full-time MSW programs (online and on-campus) is February 1, 2017; for Fall 2017 entry to our part-time programs (online and on-campus), April 1, 2017. Register for more information.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact We look forward to your participation on December 16th @1:00 p.m. EST!