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Carleton + Social Work

Careers in Global Health, Economic Justice, Mental Health, and Public Policy

Symposium that took place on Saturday, October 28, 2017
Join us for a symposium on the diverse and exciting career opportunities available through the field of social work. Leaders in the field of social work from around the country, including many Carleton alumni, will tell you how you can leverage your Carleton education together with an advanced degree in social work to change the world. 


Breakout Sessions

Meet the Guest Presenters

Robin McKinney, MSW

Robin McKinney is CEO and Co-Founder of the CASH Campaign of Maryland, a nonprofit that promotes financial security for low-income working families. CASH’s statewide network of partners annually prepares 21,000 free tax returns, bringing in $32 million in tax refunds, provides free financial education and coaching, and conducts advocacy on state and federal policies.

For the past 16 years, Robin has worked in the field of asset building, engaging in fundraising, advocacy, and program and coalition management, including for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has a BSW from Elizabethtown College and an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor. She co-founded the Financial Social Work Initiative at the UMSSW in 2008. Robin is a board member of Prosperity Now, formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).

Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW

Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, is Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, director of the campus Center for Global Education Initiatives, and co-chair of the campus Global Health Interprofessional Council. She teaches international social work, global social policy, issues in global women and children’s health, and is strengthening international opportunities for students and faculty at the school. She has participated in four inter-professional student summer health research projects in Malawi. She is currently a member of the Council on Global Learning, Research and Practice of CSWE and on the Boards for Kalamazoo College, InterMedia, and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO).

Before joining the UMSSW faculty, she was Acting Director and Deputy Director of U.S. Peace Corps, 2001 - 2009. She began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, and returned to Peace Corp three other times before becoming Deputy Director: country director in Togo, regional director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific, and agency chief of staff. Between her Peace Corps work she was senior vice president of AED, a large international development organization, executive director of for CIES, the organization managing the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, and Vice President at YFU, a student exchange organization.

Amanda Duffy Randall, PhD, LCSW

Amanda Duffy Randall received her BA from Michigan State University, her MSW from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. She is an associate professor in the UNO School of Social Work, and teaches clinical research and practice courses in the graduate program. She is the past president of the Association of Social Work Boards, the North American regulatory organization for social work licensure, and chaired the Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice. She currently serves on the board of the Office of Public Guardian of the Nebraska Supreme Court, and consults with Joint Base Command at Lakeland, providing training on the Department of Defense regulations on transgender service and family members.

Dr. Randall is a member of the Professional Transgender Resource Network, and on the Executive Board of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska. Prior to teaching at UNO, Dr. Randall was employed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Iowa Dept. of Correctional Services.

Barbara Weitz '70, MPA, MSW

Barbara holds degrees in government, public administration and social work from Carleton College, New York University and the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is a retired faculty member of the UNO School of Social Work and currently is involved with the Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha, Building Bright Futures, the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, the Urban League of Nebraska, the Avenue Scholars Foundation and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Barbara formerly served on the National Board of the Samaritan Institute.

Meg Woodside, MBA, MSW

Meg Woodside is a Trustee of The Woodside Foundation, a private family foundation focusing primarily on program development, outreach, and advocacy in the areas of family financial security and asset building.  She holds an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors.  She co-founded and was the Founding Chair of the school’s Financial Social Work Initiative. 

Meg earned a BA from Dickinson College and an MBA in Finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She enjoyed a 20 year career in direct client relationship and business-line management roles in commercial and private banking, finance, corporate community relations, and corporate philanthropy before earning her MSW to provide a framework for her work as a grantmaker.

Meg serves on several non-profit boards related to her work in advancing financial capability and economic security programs and outcomes in Maryland, including the CASH Campaign of Maryland.  She founded the Financial Literacy and Asset Building funders group at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, where she served on the board for nine years.  She is a former board and Executive Committee member of the Maryland Council on Economic Education, and a member of the Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy since 2008.  She was appointed to the Maryland State Department of Education’s Financial Literacy Education Advisory Council, which was charged with developing and implementing personal financial literacy curriculum standards in all K-12 public schools in Maryland.  Additionally, she was appointed to and serves on the Maryland Financial Education and Capability Commission.  She has been involved in the Carleton Career Center in partnership with her husband (’75).


Social Work Luncheon and Keynote – facilitated by Amanda Duffy Randall, PhD, LCSW


Social Work 2017 — Education and Licensure - Plenary session: Education and Licensure Overview, facilitated by Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW


Social Work + Social Justice and Public Policy Careers – facilitated by Robin McKinney, MSW


Social Work + Mental Health Careers – facilitated by Amanda Duffy Randall, PhD, LCSW and Barbara Weitz '70, MPA, MSW with an alumni panel


Financial Social Work + Economic Justice Careers – facilitated by Robin McKinney, MSW and Meg Woodside, MBA, MSW


International Social Work + Global Health Careers – facilitated by Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW

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This page was last updated on 20 July 2018