Dr. Sylvia Weinberg has brought to her teaching of social work many years of participation in the historical movements for human rights and social justice generally. Her teaching focuses on macro level practice around which she has developed two new courses for the School of Social Work curriculum. Human Diversity and Social Justice has become a required course for social work students entering the major and helps to bring a deeper level of understanding of human differences and the social context in which social workers must learn to function. Practice with LGBT Persons is an innovative elective course which has for more than a decade been available to social work majors and minors and all other EMU students, both undergraduate and graduate. Dr. Weinberg continues to study the effects of the Welfare Reforms of 1996 on poor women and families and frequently brings her passion for welfare rights into the classroom. Her years of experience as a Human Resources professional have also affected her teaching, particularly as it relates to courses on social work field experience.
SWRK 200: Human Diversity & Social Justice
SWRK 222: Social Welfare Policies & Services
SWRK 462: Practice with Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
WGST 462: Practice with Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
SWRK 488: Field Experience I
SWRK 489: Field Experience II
SWRK 562: Practice with Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
WGST 562: Practice with Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
In the area of Welfare Rights and Welfare Reform:
1998 Mexican American Mothers and the Welfare Debate: A History of Exclusion. Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political and Economic Inequalities. Volume 2, Number 3.
2000 Welfare Reform and Mutual Family Support: Effects on Mother-Led Mexican American Families. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. Volume 15, Number 2.
Several papers have been presented and disseminated at academic forums on the rationale for and development of a new course on social work practice with LGBT persons.