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Daniel Thursz Social Justice Lecture: Our World on Fire: Is there a Social Worker in the House?

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Category II CEs

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Daniel Thursz Social Justice Lecture: Our World on Fire: Is there a Social Worker in the House?
Lecturer: Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason
Environmental (in)justice impacts people and communities locally and worldwide in all areas of our lives: health, housing, the economy, and wellbeing. How can social workers use our skills and our values to call out and address environmental (in)justices? This two-part presentation will include a lecture on environmental justice through the lens of social work followed by presentations and dialogue with community organizations and advocates working in Baltimore and the region around issues such as clean water, housing, food justice, and the incinerator campaign.
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion of representatives from local advocacy and policy organizations. 
  • Nicole Mattocks, PhD, MSW, Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work will facilitate lecture Q &A
  • Lauren Brown, MSW/MPH Student, University of Maryland School of Social Work/Johns Hopkins University will facilitate panel discussion.



Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD, MSW's Profile

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Associate Professor Lisa Reyes Mason is a social worker, scholar, and advocate for climate justice. Through engaged and collaborative research, she has studied urban water insecurity, weather extremes and health, social aspects of green infrastructure, and a just transition away from fossil fuels.

Mason is passionate about speaking, writing, and teaching about the nexus of social work and the climate crisis. She co-edited the book "People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Social Justice" and co-leads the Grand Challenge for Social Work to “Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment.”

Mason draws inspiration and dedication to people and planet from her biracial (Filipina and White) heritage - from her maternal roots in the Philippines and her paternal roots in rural California. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Guinea, West Africa, from 1998-2000.

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Leanna Powell is a fundraiser, community organizer, and consultant. Her work focuses on environmental justice, intersectional race equity, harm reduction in philanthropy, and the nonprofit industrial complex. She serves as the Director of Development and Communications for Blue Water Baltimore, as a collaborator with Both/And, and as a board member of the Station North Tool Library. Leanna has lived in Baltimore for the past 15 years and loves exploring the green spaces and waterways of the city.

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Dante has worked with CABC’s parent Energy Justice Network since 2015.  He has run for state and local office, including for the Mayor of Baltimore, to raise waste/recycling, energy, transit, and domestic violence issues. Dante has Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Winthrop University, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Baltimore.

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This workshop is free. However there is a $20 fee for CEs. Please hit the "Purchase CEs" button that appears once you add the workshop to your cart. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives


04:30 Registration
05:00 - 5:40


5:40 - 05:50     Break
05:50 - 06:30

Panel Discusion

06:30 - 7:00 Questions



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Define the concept of environmental justice.
  • Articulate how environmental justice connects to social work values and ethics.
  • Describe what Baltimore and/or Maryland groups are active in environmental justice
  • Have an idea of what actions they can take to get involved in local environmental justice activism and activities

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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