Margaret Tullos Field Symposium

14th Annual Margaret Tullos Field Symposium, Feb. 22, 2019

Unity in Silos: Unearthing Empathy

Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall

The Margaret Tullos Field Symposium is an annual Social Work educational training event in honor of former professor and field director in social work, Margaret Tullos.

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Unity in Silos: Unearthing Empathy

Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall

The Margaret Tullos Field Symposium is an annual Social Work educational training event in honor of former Instructor and Field Education Director, Margaret Tullos.

Read Our Press Release

Consider supporting DSU Department of Social Work’s Virtual Dementia® Tour Project during Delta State University Foundation’s first annual Spring for Success microgrants fundraising project. Funds are needed for equipment and training for the virtual dementia tour; more than 1,700 participants have taken it since 2018. The Spring for Success Giving Day will take place on March 20.

Schedule

Morning

8 – 9 AM: Check-in/on-site registration
9 – 9:10 AM: Welcome from Delta State University Provost Dr. Charles McAdams
9:10 – 9:15 AM: Introduction from Dr. Jana Donahoe, Interim Social Work Department Chair at DSU
9:15 – 10:30 AM: Keynote speech from Dr. Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, President of the National Association of Social Workers, “The Future of Social Work: What Are Our Roles?”
10:30 – 11 AM: Refreshment break
11 AM – 12 PM: Errick Simmons, Mayor of Greenville, Miss., “The Social Worker: A Social Engineer”

Afternoon

12 – 1:15 PM: Complimentary networking lunch
1:15 – 2:15 PM: Dr. Ora Starks, Warden, Bolivar County Regional Correctional Facility, “Employer Attitudes and Beliefs on Hiring Post Incarcerated Offenders in Mississippi”
2:15 – 2:30 PM: Break
2:30 – 3:45 PM: Amy Turner, Director of Children’s Services, Catholic Charities, Inc., Jackson, Miss., “Shaping Mississippi’s Future One Child at a Time”
3:45 – 4:15 PM: Wrap-up, forecasting, and door prizes

*Location: Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall

Registration costs

Social work practitioners: $85
Social work students from other universities: $25
Delta State social work students: free

5 Available CE units

  • 3.50 General
  • 1.00 Cultural Diversity
  •   .50 Ethics

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann
Keynote Speaker

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann is the president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She serves as a faculty member and B.S.W. program director at Illinois State University, where she has been principal investigator on two child welfare training grants and been recognized for securing approximately $1M in grants and contracts. Wehrmann earlier served in public child welfare and healthcare settings and was a senior Fulbright scholar to Romania, teaching and researching child welfare reform. She received her Ph.D. and M.S.W. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Recipient of a NASW Lifetime Achievement award at the district level, Wehrmann has served as NASW district chair, state conference chair, Illinois chapter president, national board representative for region IX, and a member of the executive committee.

Symposium Speakers

Errick Simmons

Mayor of Greenville, MS

Topic: “The Social Worker: A Social Engineer”

Ora Starks

Warden of the Bolivar County Regional
Correctional Facility

Topic: “Employer Attitudes and Beliefs on Hiring Post Incarcerated Offenders in Mississippi”

Amy Turner

Director of children’s services at
Catholic Charities in Jackson, MS

Topic: “Shaping Mississippi’s Future One Child at a Time”

Margaret Tullos
Professor Emeritus of Social Work

The field symposium began in 2005 and was renamed in 2009 after Professor Emeritus of Social Work Margaret Tullos, who taught at Delta State from 1989 to 2008 and was the director of field education in social work. Previous symposium themes have included “Awareness, Advocacy, Action: What Will You Do with Your Seat at the Table?”; “Enhancing Social Justice through Rural Initiatives”; and “Youth and Family Advocacy.” Previous keynote speakers have included Kathryn Boles, president and CEO of Valley Area Agency on Aging; Trina George, Mississippi director of United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development; and William Bell, president and chief executive officer of Casey Family Programs serving foster care.