DePaul University Community Engagement Discussion
Instructions: Please read and answer each questions and review the attachment/web links.
1. Based on the conceptualization of community well-being in the handout, which aspects of well-being are the focus of the mission and vision of your field placement organization?
2. Describe a community associated with your field placement – keep in mind it does not have to be a geographical community. [Check the “community” definition on the “Overview: 2nd-year MSW Community Partnerships Specialization” document.] The definition from the community partnerships document has been added to this post.
3. Provide an example of a strategy your field organization uses to promote/facilitate well-being in the community and critique what this engagement looks like and its impact. If they do not engage in this way, how would you initiate community engagement if you had the responsibility to do so?
Community: A community is a social unit based on common location, interest, identification, culture and/or activities. A community focus provides the foundational core of the community partnerships curriculum framed around:
Agency: Georgia Public Defender Council
Agency Mission Statement: The Georgia Public Defender Council is an independent agency within the executive branch of the state government of Georgia. Our mission is to ensure, independently of political considerations or private interests, that each client whose cause has been entrusted to a circuit public defender receives zealous, adequate, effective, timely, and ethical legal representation, consistent with the guarantees of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the Constitution of the United States and the mandates of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003; to provide all such legal services in a cost efficient manner; and to conduct that representation in such a way that the criminal justice system operates effectively to achieve justice.
Note: The agency that should be used to answer the above questions is the Georgia Public Defender Council. I’ve included the agency’s mission statement/vision to help assist with question and the link to the website is below.
Agency Website: http://www.gapubdef.org