PANEL: The Roles of Social Workers in Sustainable Development

March 21, 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


CSSW, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York 10027

Event Organizer

Columbia School of Social Work's International Social Development Class

Join us for a special commemoration of World Social Work Day 2017.
Livestream available here; reservations required. Reserve a space here.

Join us for a panel to commemorate World Social Work Day, March 21, 2017, the theme of which is promoting community and environmental sustainability. It has been organized by the Columbia School of Social Work’s International Social Development Class, taught by Angela Aifah.


  • Kirby Tyrrell (bio), Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow, Her Justice; topic: Gender Rights
  • Edgar Cruz (bio), End Trafficking Fellow, The U.S. Fund for Unicef; topic: Child Rights
  • Michael Wessells (bio), Professor, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; topic: Forced Migration and Health
  • Melissa Meinhart (bio), CSSW Alumna (MSW’13) and Doctoral Candidate, currently working for ASPIRE: Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research, and Engagement for Refugees; topic: International Migration and Refugees


As part of the worldwide celebration of World Social Work Day, March 21, 2017, a second-year class at Columbia is hosting a panel to discuss the various roles social workers can play in sustainable development, in the areas of gender rights, child rights, forced migration and health, and international migration and refugees.