by Pat Shelly
(Read Part I- Rationale and Resources here)
Twelve of us gathered on May 12th, eleven – students, faculty, staff, a volunteer – from University at Buffalo (UB) School of Social Work and one other UB graduate student. We were ready to take part in a community conversation on the profession of social work and how its members respond to jihadism or other extremist humanitarian disasters. Social work’s Code of Ethics promote peace and the protection of human rights, so there is grounding for the School to take up the task of examining this topic.
With a commitment to observing trauma-informed and human-rights based principles, we were conscious of being respectful of each other and maintaining a safe place to express feelings and explore ideas. We believed each of us had some measure of cultural humility in entering this conversation.