In honor of Social Work Month and Women’s History Month we will be joined by Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW, president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Dr. Joyner will be in conversation with influential educators, leaders and scholars in the field – Dr. Carol Cohen, Erica Sandoval and Kari Tabag. As the world around us is rapidly changing, what is the role and purpose of social work? How can our profession reclaim its original mission and ensure social justice, equity and equality? Our keynote speaker and panelists will share their thoughts and ideas and challenge us to reassess our responsibility to the social work profession.

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This event is sponsored by the Wishnick Lecture in Human Services.

About the Speaker

Mildred C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW

Mildred C. Joyner

Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW is President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) that has 55 chapters throughout the United States and its territories. Joyner also serves as President of the North America Region of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), which includes Canada and the United States and is a member of IFSW’s Executive Committee. She serves on the boards of the NASW Foundation and the NASW Assurance Services, Inc and is a NASW Pioneer@. Previous board service included DNBFirst, a community bank where she was the first female and only African American to service in that capacity.

Professor Joyner is the inaugural John E. and Barbara S. Jacob distinguished professor at Howard University School of Social Work in Washington, DC, and Professor Emerita of Social Work at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She received a BSW from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and MSW in planning, policy, and administration from Howard University. In 2018, she received an honorary doctorate in Public Service from West Chester University.

As a former president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Professor Joyner also served on the board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and represented the United States. She is also a former president of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) and is the only professional social worker or academician elected to serve as President of three major national social work associations; BPD, CSWE, and NASW.

Professor Joyner co-authored three books and has delivered hundreds of presentations at various universities, agencies, businesses, and professional conferences. In 2011, she retired from West Chester University as a full professor and created MCJ Consultants specializing in organizational change and achieving equity.

Professor Joyner is the recipient of numerous awards. She will again be recognized as her name will be placed among several luminaries on the Wall of Honor in the School of Education and Social Work at West Chester University in November 2021. Awards received include: the AGE-SW and BPD Gerontology Leadership Award for stellar national leadership in gerontology; the BPD Lifetime Achievement Award; Living Beyond Breast Cancer Founders Award for leadership and stewardship; the first Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay Award from Howard University School of Social Work; the Central State University Hall of Fame Award as a Distinguished Alumni; the First William Culp lecturer from Abilene Christian University School of Social Work; the CSWE Lifetime Service and Leadership Award, and the prestigious NASW Pennsylvania Chapter Phyllis Black Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and commitment to social justice and the quest for obtaining equity for all.

Professor Joyner is married to the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner, a retired Federal Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Together they have three daughters and two grandsons who are the reasons that she remains committed to the arduous task of working to achieve racial, social, economic, environmental, and political justice for all.


Erica P. Sandoval, LCSW-SIFI

Erica Sandoval

Erica Sandoval is an award-winning mental health practitioner, speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author of Latinx in Social Work, published in both English and Spanish. Most recently, she is the founder and CEO of Sandoval Psychotherapy Consulting – known as Sandoval Colab – where she oversees a team of social workers and leads diversity, equity, and inclusion work for organizations, universities, health care facilities, medical and corporate professionals. Erica began her career in the music industry before pivoting to social work, which led her spending seven years as an advocate for children and families at the New York City Hospital for Special Surgery and working at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. During the pandemic, Erica opened her own private therapy practice. She holds an associate’s degree from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Baruch College, and a master’s in social work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work. The recipient of many awards, Erica was recently recognized by Prospanica-NY with the 2021 Top Latinx Leaders, Social Justice award, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave Erica the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Innovation award. In 2020, Erica became the first immigrant Latina president of the National Association of Social Workers’ New York City chapter. Her greatest pride is being a single mother and raising her 21-year-old daughter, Isabella, whom she considers her biggest teacher. As a proud immigrant from Ecuador, her passion is fueled in supporting the community she is a part of and their children. Erica is a philanthropist and is a donor to the Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund.

Kari Tabag, PhD (c), LCSW-R

Kari Tabag

Kari Tabag is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor at Adelphi University’s Graduate School of Social Work. During her doctoral training, Kari served as a graduate assistant performing research for the Japanese student exchange program with Kwansei Gakuin University’s School of Social Welfare and Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. Kari is certified as a Supervisor in Field Instruction (SIFI) and School Social Worker. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) for almost 25 years, Kari served as a social worker in a variety of roles including social work professor, school social worker, psychotherapist, clinical social work supervisor, social work field instructor, social work field liaison, college mental health counselor, director of wellness, and dean of student services.

Kari’s community service extends to leadership positions and membership within several mental health organizations including the National Association of Social Work and the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA). Kari is featured in the National Association of Social Work’s (NASW-NYS) New York State campaign “This is Social Work” and founded the NASW-New York State (NASW-NYS) Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Affinity Group. Kari has been published in academic journals and book chapters, The New York Times, and The FilAm: A magazine for Filipino Americans in New York. Kari is an active advocate and reflectivist for racialized, marginalized, and oppressed communities in public and secondary educational settings while promoting cultural humility in research, academic, and clinical practice. Kari’s public speaking presentations center on microaggressions in micro, mezzo, and macro settings, systemic racism, diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI), and the promotion for social justice and advocacy among the Asian community and other racialized, marginalized, and oppressed communities.

Kari’s research examines experienced gendered racial microaggressions and psychological distress among Filipino American women, and reinforces her positionality and agency as a second-generation Filipina/x/o American woman, further advancing her professional and academic development. Her study’s theoretical framework includes Feminist Theory, Black Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Microaggression Theory, Racial Microaggressions Theory and Intersectionality Theory.

Carol Cohen, DSW, LMSW

Carol Cohen

Dr. Carol S. Cohen is a Professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in New York. Her primary areas of interest are social work with groups, international social work, social work education and community development. She is Co-Chair of the Commission on Group Work in Social Work Education of the International Association for Social Work with Groups and Chair of the IASWG SPARC Committee. Carol is the inaugural CSWE-Fulbright Partnership Liaison, immediate past Chair of the US Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Global Social Work Education, and Co-Chair of the CSWE Group Work Track. She served on the consultation team during the recent revision of the IASSW and IFSW’s International Global Standards for Social Work Education, approved in 2021. She serves on the Boards of the Kendall Institute of International Social Work, the International Association for Social Work with Groups, and Catholic Charities Brooklyn/Queens Neighborhood Services, where she worked for 17 years before her academic career. Her publications include 5 books, including Practicing as a Social Work Educator in International Collaboration, edited with Alice Butterfield and published in 2017, and her current project, co-editing the Routledge International Handbook on Social Work with Groups. Alone and with others, she has authored over 30 journal articles, book chapters and reviews, and is an editorial board member of Groupwork and the Journal of Social Work with Groups. Carol is a Fulbright Scholar, and has have taught and collaborated with colleagues and programs internationally.

Accreditation Requirements

Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and creative arts therapists, #0032. CASAC renewal credits are determined on an individual course basis.

Adelphi University School of Social Work: Continuing Education and Professional Development, #1786, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Adelphi University School of Social Work: Continuing Education and Professional Development maintain responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/03/2022 – 03/03/2023.

Finally, please note the following important New York State regulations:

The New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

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