Institute for Migration and International Social Work
The Institute for Migration and International Social Work directly supports aspects of the University’s mission that focuses on strengthening the international dimensions of academic programs and outreach, and advancing international research collaborations. It also builds on the University’s commitment to emphasize and bring an expanded awareness to students, helping them formulate an understanding of the ways in which the world's people and societies are interrelated and interdependent. The Institute advances the mission of the School of Social Work, which concentrates on promoting social justice, caring for the most disenfranchised and marginalized peoples in our local community and in our world. The Institute builds on the core of migration related and international initiatives of the School, existing inter-institutional relationships, faculty expertise, and the School’s strategic location in Chicago, home to a rich immigrant mosaic. Towards this end the Institute coordinates an interdisciplinary program of research, instruction, and service by building a body of knowledge that could inform global applications.
Curriculum Innovation and Training:
The Institute coordinates: a) certificate program in Migration Studies in Social Work, b) continuing education opportunities focused on social work practice with immigrant populations in the United States and practice in international and transnational contexts, c) international field practicum opportunities for Loyola students in migrant source, transit, and destination communities, and d) study abroad opportunities for exchange students.
Interdisciplinary and International Research :
The Institute cultivates and supports interdisciplinary, transnational, and international research that focuses on: a) social work practice with immigrant populations in the U.S., internally displaced persons, and migrants in transit in source, sending, and transit communities and b) social work practice in international and transnational contexts.
The Institute develops and coordinates: a) international field practicum and service opportunities for Loyola students in migrant source, transit, and destination communities and b) professional practicum and service opportunities for students from partner universities abroad.