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School of Social Work hosts Summit Nov. 8-11

Nov. 6, 2007

The Baylor University School of Social Work will host a Summit Nov. 8 -11 at the school to explore collaborations between Texas and international entities providing services to orphanages, the homeless, street children, and victims of human trafficking in the Republic of Moldova. The poorest country in Europe and one of the smallest, Moldova is located in Eastern European and a part of the former Soviet Union.

Oleg Turlac, professor and administrator at the College of Theology and Education in Chisinau, Moldova, will attend the summit. Other representatives that have been invited include Kevin Dinnin, president of Baptist Child and Family Services; Dearing Garner, chief executive officer of Children's Emergency Relief International CERI); Jon Myers, also with CERI who will be working with the Moldovan government to improve social services; Randy Daniels, Buckner Children and Family Services Inc.; and representatives of the Texas and National Woman's Missionary Union.

Preston Dyer, professor of social work, and Genie, Dyer, adjunct professor, visited Moldova in 2005 to explore a partnership with CTE and returned in 2007 to teach the first two courses in the School of Social Work's master's of social work program to existing faculty and potential faculty at CTE. The Dyers will host the conference and Diana Garland, dean of the school, will facilitate the proceedings.

"This summit is an opportunity to mold the social work profession of Moldova and to impact lives well into the future," Preston Dyer said. "What we teach about a systematic approach for dealing with people and situations opens up a whole new approach to social work practice for our Moldovan graduate students."

Dean Garland sees the relationship the school has with CTE as an example of one of the school's primary strategic objectives - global involvement in social work education programs, components of which include study abroad courses, an international certificate program and extension programs that transport needed social work educational resources and leadership across the world.

"Our involvement in Moldova is an example of how we can share the values of social work practice within a Christian context," Garland said. "We want to empower other nations and individuals to invest in active change with global proportions."

For more information about the summit, e-mail Preston_Dyer@baylor.edu or call him at 254-710-6230 or Judith_Stolz@baylor.edu at 254-710-6411.