Responding to Crisis “That’s What We Do”- Social Workers in Action


Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt
University of the District of Columbia


Professional social workers are regularly front-line workers in society when there is a crisis. Their daily work frequently involves community-based intervention that places them in the communities they serve. These communities, often communities of color, are the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in our nation. This research explores the innovative techniques employed by faculty and students of the Social Work Program at the University of the District of Columbia and focuses on how the author used the “crisis outside the classroom, COVID-19” to address and avoid a crisis in the classroom. When the “world shut down” the social work program and its students sprang into action to assist the communities they serve, and to provide gaps in equity often experienced by black and brown communities.

UDC Faculty Senate
September 8, 2022
Online ISSN