Brittne Thompson: Child Welfare Exchange 2016

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” There is no doubt the University of Oklahoma’s Social Work department seeks to not only teach students, but involve students in learning. One incredible way it offers involvement in learning is through the Israel Child Welfare Exchange program. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this program in the summer of 2016 and I cannot be more grateful for that opportunity.

It is fairly common knowledge that our own experiences shape the way in which we see the world and live our lives and it is quite possible our view was formed through living life in Oklahoma. But what if we, for a moment, stepped into a world far different than our own? What if we sought to learn new ideas, beliefs, and systems different than what we have ever been exposed to? Would it not only sharpen and broaden the way in which we see the world and in this case, the way in which we practice social work in our own communities? I can say this was the case for me. My week in Israel allowed me to be challenged in my thoughts, convicted in my ways, and inspired in my work. I strongly encourage each student to consider being a part of this program. There is much to learn from others around the world, so let’s embrace it!

Brittne Thompson, MSW student 

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