(JACKSON, Miss.) – Dr. Belinda Davis Smith has been appointed to the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education is a council of the Commission on Diversity and Social and Economic Justice.
“It is indeed an honor, and I feel tremendous gratitude to be a part of such an esteemed group of women in social work education,” Smith said.
The Council is responsible for the development of educational resources relevant to women’s issues within social work education. It also works to eliminate all procedures within academia that hinder the full participation of women, makes recommendations to the board on all matters of policy, and initiates and coordinates programs and activities related to women in social work education.
“I see my appointment as an opportunity to represent JSU’s School of Social Work on a national platform addressing issues that impact women in social work education,” Smith said. She leans on an African proverb and her personal mantra: ‘I am because we are, and because we are, therefore, I am’.”
“Hopefully, my appointment will positively effectuate change that will impact women in social work education and the population we serve,” Smith said.