Building a Dialogue around Race to Change Political Institutions, the City of Seattle Starts the Race and Social Justice Initiative
As candidate Greg Nickels visited different communities during his campaign for mayor of Seattle, news reports erupted over the death of Aaron Roberts, an African American male. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
“During the traffic stop, police said, Roberts grabbed a [police] officer's arm, stepped on the gas and dragged him. The officer's partner scrambled to the passenger side of the car and fired a round that killed Roberts.”
Hiring a Sustainable Development Specialist: Diversity and Pre-Screening Applicants with the Use of a Google Search
In this straightforward and timely case, students are tasked with navigating the intricacies of public personnel hiring including the managerial, political, legal, and ethical challenges that are commonly faced by public managers. As the director of a city economic development division, the student must choose between a group of candidates that have applied for a new position that has opened up in the department. Each candidate’s qualifications are described with the inclusion of details from the candidates personal life that create a twist in what should be a simple hiring process.
This two-day simulation focuses on the negotiation of controversial and complex issues related to the 2,000-mile border that separates and joins the United States and Mexico as neighbors.
Wyandotte County, Kansas consistently ranks near the bottom in health outcomes in the state. It is also one of the state’s poorest, most diverse counties. The County has made some important economic strides recently, and its government has begun to take an increasingly active role in trying to improve health. This case offers a detailed description of the County, its residents, their health outcomes, the health care system, and how health reform could change the landscape.
This A and B case sequence traces the development of a nonprofit organization aimed at serving recent Hispanic immigrants in gaining access to day labor and staying out of immigration trouble. Resented in the neighborhood where their job seeking informally took root, the case sequence describes how the Executive Director and key board members worked through internal and external barriers in order to reduce the opposition and establish a presence in this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Seattle.
"Making Work Pay" for Seattle Public Housing Residents: Jobs Plus and the Challenge of Serving Diverse Populations
This teaching case explores how diversity issues ranging from race and ethnicity to religion and culture span the domain of public leadership. Students are asked to step into the shoes of employment services trainer Alice Rhodes, identify problems in a job training program she is offering to residents of a public housing community, and respond to some of the challenges she faces in meeting her contracted goals.
The decision cases in this collection differ from the cases commonly used in social work education. Whatever their experience with the case method of teaching or with end-of-life care, most instructors will benefit from the extensive teaching notes written for each of the cases. These notes are available at the Columbia University Press website but accessible to instructors only. The teaching notes have two basic purposes: to help instructors select particular cases and to help instructors prepare to lead case discussions.
This case describes the decision by administrators at San Jose State University to ban blood drives on campus and the aftermath of that decision. The administrators suspended the blood drives in response to their determination that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) lifetime blood donor deferral policy for homosexual men--which disallows blood donations from any man who has had sexual contact with another man since the onset of the AIDS epidemic--violated the University's anti-discrimination policy, which explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Cultural Roots as a Source of Strength: Educating and Organizing A Fragmented Immigrant Community: Rediscovering Pride
Oaxacans represent a range of indigenous groups from southeastern Mexico. The groups speak 16 different languages. Their cultures and customs are neither American nor Spanish. Prone to "double racism" they experience widespread discrimination. Founded in 1991, the Oaxacan Indigenous Binational Front educates Oaxacan migrants about their rights and helps win improvements including better wages and working conditions. With many Oaxacans going back and forth between jobs, homes and families in both the U.S. and Mexico, the coalition has offices and members in two countries.
Using Art and Theater to Support Organizing for Justice: Storytelling in the Name of Justice: Junebug Productions, Inc. (JP)
Junebug Productions, founded in 1980, enables artists, community members, and students to share their experiences of the Civil Rights Movement. Junebug uses its widely replicated storytelling model, called "story circles," to build understanding and relationships among people affected by this historic time. The story circle process creates opportunities for African Americans in the black belt south to engage in art and social change activities to improve their quality of life.