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“We use the term social justice. . . We talk about social justice. . . What does that mean? [W]hat I describe as social justice may not be what the student sitting next to me describes as social justice.”

Samantha Fletcher

In this episode, our guest Samantha Fletcher, MSW, shares what she learned by interviewing and studying the work of lifelong social activists. She discovered how these change agents navigated a lifetime of social activism, what sustained them, and how they responded to the inevitable setbacks and barriers. The stories and lives of these committed persons provide ample insight and implications for social work practice.

Samantha Fletcher, MSW, PhD candidate, is the assistant dean of academic programs for the School of Social Welfare at the State University New York at Albany. Prior to taking this position, she coordinated a statewide program evaluation of peer-based services for veterans facing reintegration challenges in New York State. Her research interests include strategies for social change, peer support, program evaluation, and interventions for veterans. In 2014, Samantha co-founded The Gathering, a social justice group at the School of Social Welfare. The group is regularly attended by students enrolled in the BSW, MSW, and PhD programs as well as faculty and staff.

Interviewer: Diane Elze, PhD

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