We are posting the CSUN MSW Department Letter of Solidarity. Our attempt was to adequately capture the feelings of outrage, frustration, humiliation, shame and pain experienced by so many communities for so many generations without access to true justice or healing. Our letter builds from the work of Portland State University, Simmons College, and Smith College; joins the growing number of schools/departments that have made a public statement; and upholds our obligation as social workers to speak out against social injustices.
Terriel Cox lived in 11 different foster care homes and attended five different elementary schools by the time she was 11-years-old. Her father was not in her life and her mother was an alcoholic who struggled with substance abuse.
The native of San Diego said she could have been one of the hundreds of youth in California’s foster care system that never go to college but a social worker changed her life. When Cox first arrived at Cal State Northridge in 1998, she began a mission to help young people like herself who have been raised in the foster care system. Read more
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