September has slipped through my fingers again. Does this happen to you? Between grant writing (love that adrenaline rush!), teaching a course that is new to me (meeting 30+ new people!), and getting my offspring into their own various activities, I have been busy. I am sure you know the drill, even if you do not have all those factors.
Luckily, I had an invigorating and inspiring summer to charge my batteries for all of these fall activities. As part of my duties as CASWE-ACFTS President, I attended the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW; https://www.iassw-aiets.org/) meetings in Dublin, Ireland (https://www.swsd2018.org/). It was great to see so many Canadians there and to meet new folks from all over the world. It was my first time attending these international meetings and I am sure that it will not be my last. I look forward to sharing ideas and perspectives with social work educators from around the world.
After that, I was privileged to be able to take some time with family. I value my downtime for recharging the batteries.
When I resumed my President duties, it was to attend the Congrès sur le Travail Social et les Sexualités-Social Work and Sexualities Conference (https://sexualitysocialwork.wordpress.com/social-work-and-sexualities-conference-montreal-2018/) in Montréal, Québec. What an amazing experience. I facilitated a bilingual panel with folks from our Field Education, Social Policy, and Student committees; our Queer, Racial and Ethnicity, and Women’s caucuses; and the Commission on Accreditation. I was thrilled with the number of people in attendance at our panel. It was a very proud moment to realize how much we have achieved at our association in terms of integrating sexualities, genders, and intersectionalities into the work of CASWE-ACFTS. We still have work to do, and it was gratifying to hear from others from different places in the world about how impressed they are with what we have done.
I hope that your summers were as rewarding as mine, whether you were working or playing or both. As we transition fully into the fall season, I wish you all continued success in the work we do as social work educators.
Susan Cadell, PhD