Learning and Teaching During COVID-19

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Welcome From The Dean

Lynn Videka, Dean and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

The COVID-19 virus has created an extraordinary situation that calls for society to work together to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Social workers have a crucial role in this crisis. 

Social workers encourage prevention measures such as hand washing and social distancing, and share accurate information from trusted, science-based sources.  We help individuals and communities manage anxieties and concerns that arise in this rapidly changing situation. We work to develop solutions that include all members of society as we respond to this public health crisis. And we denounce in the strongest terms any discrimination or xenophobia associated with the outbreak.

As social workers, we will rise to this challenge in carrying out our job duties.  At the University of Michigan School of Social Work we will support our students in continuing and completing their education, and we will support faculty and staff so that they can continue to educate the next generation of social workers. 

As COVID-19 moves through the globe, these are exceptionally stressful times that require courage, compassion and connectedness.  We are grateful for the measures everyone has taken to continually support each other and our communities as we face the challenges ahead.  

Lynn Videka
Dean and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor

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