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Release Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 4:52 PM
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Howard School of Social Work Continues Spring Break Mission in South Africa


Janice Davis, Coordinator of Field Education (center), and Howard students Mary Remy and Thomas Carrington work with children of "The Ark" in South Africa.

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2014) – In an effort to continue the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, a delegation from the Howard University School of Social Work completed an International Service Learning Project in Cape Town, South Africa, March 11–19, during the spring recess.

Led by Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Social Work and Cudore L. Snell, Ph.D, former dean and Cape Town ISL program director,
a group of 24 students and seven faculty/alumni focused on human rights and social justice.

Now in its fifth year, the International Service Learning Project grants students and faculty an opportunity to use their social work background on a global platform.

“Being in Africa has not only expanded my knowledge about international affairs but it has transformed my way of thinking about the world, social justice and human rights,” said Ondrae Jackson, a first-year student in the School of Social Work. “To visit and learn about a community that is battling many issues similar to the ones in America, sheds light on the fact that social justice is a global issue.”

This year’s delegation visited treatment centers, women’s shelters and faith-based organizations to learn more about the social and political hardships faced in South Africa.

They developed several  programs to engage the youth and educate them about HIV/AIDS. They also worked with young children on skills development, cooperation and teamwork. The students visited the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for professional development and networking opportunities.

“I am always so proud of how our students, with passion, share the lessons they have learned and impart the message that social work is global,” said Interim Dean Crewe.

The School of Social Work also sponsored a closing ceremony of appreciation for their partner organizations and donated money to a community-based organization in Cape Town to encourage the youth to stay away from violence.

Contributing writer: Teyonna Ridgeway


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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