Social Work in International Crisis Settings: Can/Does It Work?

October 25, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Social Work Building, 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, Room 705

Event Organizer

Office of Alumni Relations

Tony Tripodi Lecture in International Social Work


Former UN Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support

NYS-, NJ- and CT-licensed social workers, and NYS mental health professionals, can earn 1.5 CEUs for $50 ($35 for CSSW alumni).
Social workers from other states, please email

NOTE: A reception will take place beforehand, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

About the Lecture

Social work has a long history of international focus, and nowadays it is not uncommon to find social workers among the first responders to natural disaster, genocide, and other humanitarian catastrophes. This year’s Tony Tripodi lecturer, Ameerah Haq (bio), is a leading example. When serving as the UN Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support—an appointment that made her the highest-ranking Bangladeshi official at the UN—she oversaw the provision of logistics and support for more than 100,000 UN peacekeepers deployed around the world. She brought to the position extensive management and operational experience of supporting complex mission deployments and transition activities, including crisis management, in East Timor, Sudan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, and Laos. In her Tripodi lecture, Ms. Haq will talk about the advantages of social work training within an international setting. She will also address the management and leadership challenges social workers face when responding to humanitarian crises, such as that of advocating across national boundaries.