4450 Fieldston Rd
Bronx, NY 10471
Speaker: Dr. Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Fordham University Professor
Unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants are moving across international borders. They are fleeing conflict, persecution, poverty and other life-threatening situations, or seeking better economic and life opportunities elsewhere. Their journeys can be perilous and when they arrive at their destination, many are met with hostility and intolerance. Countries hosting refugees and migrants often feel overburdened and unsupported. Dr. Shirley Gatenio Gabel will discuss the migrant and refugee crises and actions that are being taken by the United Nations this year. How could this improve the experiences of migrants and refugees by supporting more collaborative and proactive responses among UN system agencies, NGOs, member countries and other stakeholders?
About the Speaker: Dr. Shirley Gatenio Gabel is a Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. Dr. Gatenio Gabel’s research focuses on human rights and social policies, particularly those affecting children. Dr. Gatenio Gabel has served as a consultant to UNICEF and UNESCO on child poverty and advocacy strategies, and social protection in developing countries. She represents the International Association of Schools of Social Work at the United Nations and is co-chair of Social Work Day at the United Nations. Dr. Gatenio Gabel was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria in 2005-06 and a Fulbright specialist in 2014 to Argentina. She is a member of CSWE’s Board of Directors, chairs CSWE’s Commission on Global Education, is a Board member of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute and member of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research. She is the editor of a book series on rights-based approaches to social work practice (Springer, 2015-16), authored A Rights-Based Approach to Social Policy, and is the co-founder/co-editor of the new Journal on Human Rights and Social Work.
Our Ethics Matters theme for October is Sanctuary: the practice of cultivating welcoming space for all and cultivating one’s own inner and outer refuge.